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Last updated: Tue. Feb. 04, 2014 - 03:20 pm EDT

Mike Eikenberry, Chuck Surack to be honored Feb. 12 by local Boy Scouts

Event had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed due to the weather forecast.

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The Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America is inviting the public to the Leaders of Character awards breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at Sweetwater Sound to honor two local businessmen for their contributions to the community.

The event had been scheduled for Wednesday, but Anthony Wayne Council officials decided Tuesday to postpone the event until Feb. 12 at the same time and location.

The honorees are Mike Eikenberry, the recently retired regional president of PNC Bank, and Chuck Surack, the CEO of Sweetwater Sound. Eikenberry and Surack were members of the Boy Scouts in the Anthony Wayne Council, and continue to use the skills and values they learned from Scouting in their lives today.

There is no cost to attend the breakfast, but donations to the organization are greatly appreciated. Businesses can also show their support by sponsoring a table at a $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 level.

The Anthony Wayne Area Council serves 11 counties in northeast Indiana and has an estimated 6,100 Boy Scouts in its 250 packs and troops, in addition to 2,200 adult volunteers. The scouts serve their communities through various service projects, such as clearing hiking trails.

“The Anthony Wayne Area Council is alive, well and vibrant, and the program helps build character and decision-making skills for when these boys grow into young men,” Jim Pritchard said, who is a volunteer on the Anthony Wayne Council board of directors.

Surack actively participated in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in his youth, a council news release said. He earned every merit badge required to receive the Eagle Scout award, but he did not complete the final service project to be eligible to receive the award.

Surack still credits the Boy Scout Law as one of the most important grounding principles for his success and is known to repeat that law in its entirety to others regularly, the news release said.

Eikenberry was active in scouting in Boy Scout Troop 85 in South Whitley, and members from his original troop will present the colors at the awards breakfast, the news release said.

As regional president at PNC, Eikenberry was responsible for sales across all lines of business and also headed the Commercial and Corporate Banking divisions, the news release said. He also led charitable support through the PNC Foundation in northern Indiana, and is an advocate for PNC's Grow Up Great financial education program for young children.

For more information about the Boy Scouts' awards breakfast or table sponsorship, contact 432-9593.

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