NEW BUFFALO — The Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative (HCPAI) honored Chef Jackie Shen for her contributions to the community and the arts on April 19 by presenting her with a framed certificate and a custom-made “Chocolate Bag” birdhouse.

Roger Harvey, a member of the HCPAI Board, created the birdhouse, which was quickly placed among Shen’s collection of birdhouses she acquired at past HCPAI fund-raising auctions. Tim Rogers of Fusion Design put together the certificate.

Shen has conducted “Fudge-Raisers” and special events at her Jackie’s Cafe to benefit a varsity of causes such as the River Valley Senior Center, HCPAI, and a Rotary Club-led effort to install adult exercise equipment at New Buffalo Township’s Memorial Park.

The 2019 Fudge-Raiser (which begins Nov. 1) will support equipment purchases for the downstairs renovation project at the Senior Center in Harbert.

Shen noted that the cafe at 801 West Buffalo St. will have been open five years this Memorial Day weekend.

She said supporting the community is “part of my job.”

“I’m glad that I can contribute something to the community that I live in … I love doing it.”

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