The family of Grace College men’s basketball coach, Jim Kessler, and his wife, Susanne (she works at the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation) are featured this week on the online news site, InkFreeNews. Their float in the Fourth of July parade in Winona Lake, Ind., received first place in the Most Original category. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. (Kesslers and their family attend the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church.)
WINONA LAKE PARADE IS A FAMILY TRADITION
The annual fourth of July parade and celebration was held in Winona Lake Saturday, July 1. …
The float that earned first place for Most Original in the 2017 Winona Lake Fourth of July parade was a joint effort by four sisters and their families.
Kim Dawson, Sarah McCray, Jenny Lovette and Janelle Meyer are the daughters of Jim “Coach K” Kessler, the men’s basketball coach at Grace College, Winona Lake. Kessler is currently the longest tenured college coach in the state of Indiana, has won numerous coaching awards and has been inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame. Kessler and his wife, Susanne, reside in Winona Lake.
According to Kim Dawson, participation in the parade started 15 years ago when her daughter, Lynae, won first place in the Judge’s Choice category as Lil’ Betsy Ross.
Dawson said it became a family tradition as each year the children from the four families have continued to participate in the parade. They have modified the size of the floats to accommodate the growing number of cousins. Currently there are 14 cousins, ranging in age from 1 to 16.
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