ANDERSON — Anderson businessman, community activist and philanthropist Bill Hardacre received the annual Elmo Funk Ideal of Service Award on Tuesday at the Anderson Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon at Anderson Country Club.
Hardacre and wife Ann are longtime supporters of Anderson University, where Hardacre serves on the board of trustees. He has also served as president of the Christian Center in Anderson, the Harter House and the Evening Exchange Club. As a member of the Madison County Corporation for Economic Development, he played a key role in the development of the Flagship Industrial Park. Bill and Ann Hardacre also played pivotal roles in the restoration of the Paramount Theatre. His other affiliations include the Rotary Club and the Anderson Center for the Arts.
Hardacre graduated from Anderson High School and Indiana University and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Best Ever Dairy, owned by his family, after 35 years as treasurer.
The namesake of the Elmo Funk Award was the owner of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. franchise in Anderson and a member of the Anderson Rotary Club for more than 50 years. The Rotary committee that selects the annual award winner considers service to the club and the community, as well as business and ethical standards and financial commitment to Rotary International.
— The Herald Bulletin
Elmo Funk Award winners Recipients of the Anderson Rotary Club's Elmo Funk Ideal of Service Award since 2000: 2013: Bill Hardacre 2012: Jill O'Malia 2011: Debbie Webb 2010: Stan Guilkey 2009: George Vinson 2008: Pam Coletti 2007: Tom Bannon 2006: Keith Trent 2005: Don Volk 2004: Glenn Falls 2003: Betty Crum 2002: Joe Cook 2001: Lora Rich 2000: Bill Surbaugh