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The Thomas C. Hasbrook Award Breakfast

Bosma Enterprises - 4/5/2021 8:57:59 AM

Bosma Enterprises hosted the 2021 Thomas C. Hasbrook Award Breakfast on March 18, 2021. Five awards were given to worthy recipients.

Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation presented the Thomas C. Hasbrook Award Event on March 18, 2021, at their Indianapolis headquarters and via Zoom. This event honors individuals dedicated to creating better communities where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and leaders who embody the spirit of change. The winners are:


Noah Malone, first recipient of the Lou Moneymaker Legacy Scholarship for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

Noah is a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern high school and currently attends Indiana State University. In the 8th grade, Noah was diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), which reduces his central vision. After learning his diagnosis, he developed a new approach to preparing and competing in track, which he loved since the 5th grade. Noah’s approach to the sport resulted in him becoming a two-time state finalist and champion and winning three medals as a member of the U.S. Paralympic team. Noah is also a former Student Training and Employment Program participant at Bosma.


Blind Veterans Association (BVA), Community Partner Award. 

BVA is the only congressionally-chartered organization created for and by veterans who are visually impaired. Bosma has partnered with the BVA, working with them on Capitol Hill and providing IT consulting and database services. Thomas C. Hasbrook, who we are celebrating with this event, was a BVA member and served as their third national president. BVA has endorsed our Good Works Ice Melter as a quality product and creates needed jobs for people who blind. 


PPG Aerospace ASC - Indy, Employment Innovation Award. 

PPG is a company that goes above and beyond to create jobs that directly impact the high unemployment rate, allowing people who are blind to gain new skills in the workplace. Three years ago, PPG approached Bosma with a need for some light assembly work, done quickly and efficiently. This relationship has allowed Bosma to fill a gap in the PPG supply chain while creating employment for people who are blind.


Emily Kannis, Employee of the Year. 

Our Employee of the Year, Emily Kannis, brings a bright, positive attitude to work every day and has a smile for everyone.  She has made extraordinary contributions to Bosma, day in and day out, over the past year. This award is considered a tremendous honor by all Bosma employees since a committee of their peers chooses the winner.

Dr. Debra McConnaha, Thomas C. Hasbrook Award
For over 30 years, Dr. Deborah McConnaha has taught hundreds of optometrists and cared for thousands of patients through the clinic at the Indiana University School of Optometry. She officially retired in 2017 but continued to see visually impaired and neurologically injured patients at the Roudebush VA Medical Center until December 2020. Dr. Debra McConnaha has been named the Optometric Educator of the Year by the Indiana Optometric Association and is the 2021 Thomas C. Hasbrook Award winner.