Mad Anthonys names Chuck Surack 2015 Red Coat recipient


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News release from the Mad Anthony Children’s Foundation:

Mad Anthonys names Chuck Surack 2015 Red Coat recipient

(August 4, 2015) — Mad Anthonys has named Fort Wayne entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist Chuck Surack its 2015 Red Coat recipient.


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Surack is the founder, president and CEO of Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music instruments and audio gear in the United States. Founded in 1979, Sweetwater now employs more than 900 people at its Fort Wayne headquarters. Surack also has founded or invested in several other successful business ventures in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana, including Longe Optical, SweetCars (luxury auto sales) and Sweet Aviation (flight education and training).

Surack is a long-time and committed community leader and philanthropist, playing a prominent role in economic development for Fort Wayne/northeast Indiana while also providing financial and volunteer support to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions throughout the region. In partnership with his wife Lisa, his philanthropic efforts and community involvement have garnered official recognition and numerous awards from local, regional and state institutions.

“Personally and professionally, Chuck’s passion for making Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a better place has inspired everything he does,” said Don Banowetz, chair of the Mad Anthonys board of directors. “Just as importantly, his focus on helping others, giving back and making his community better embodies what Mad Anthonys is all about, which is why we are honored to recognize him as our 2015 Red Coat recipient.”

“Recognition has never been the reason why I work to support and strengthen our community,” Surack said. “Nevertheless, it is a tremendous honor and a humbling experience to join the incredible family of Red Coat recipients. This is a very exciting day for me, my wife Lisa, and my family.”

Mad Anthonys will present Surack with the Red Coat at the annual Red Coat dinner on Tuesday, September 8, in Fort Wayne. The Mad Anthonys Pro-Am – which supports the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House at Lutheran Hospital – will take place Monday, September 7 as part of the 2015 Hotel Fitness Championship, a tour event taking place September 9-13.


About the Mad Anthonys
The Mad Anthonys is a charitable organization founded in 1957 and comprised of business leaders and professionals from northeast Indiana. The Mad Anthonys Charity Classic golf event – now officially called the Mad Anthonys Pro-Am at the Hotel Fitness Championship – is one of the country’s premier charity golf events, raising millions of dollars for charitable organizations in Fort Wayne.

About the Hotel Fitness Championship
Hosted by the Western Golf Association, the Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Tour Finals events for 2015 that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. The 2015 tournament will be held Sept. 9-13, 2015 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Players eligible for the Hotel Fitness Championship include the top-75 money winners on the Tour at the conclusion of the Regular Season; players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list at the end of the TOUR’s Regular Season; and non-members who earn enough points to place them among 126-200 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the regular season. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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