The Purduettes have a crush on Wayne Kroemer


The Purduettes vocal ensemble serenade their benefactor, Wayne Kroemer, at the Nov. 9 President’s Council Iowa pregame event. Photo by Vincent Walter.

The Purduettes have a crush on Wayne Kroemer.

The Purdue Musical Organizations’ vocal ensemble serenaded the avid music lover and PMO benefactor with “I’ve Got a Crush on You” at the Nov. 9 President’s Council Iowa pregame event as his wife, Barbara, and several generations of Kroemer family members beamed in delight.

Kroemer Family

The Gang’s All Here. Wayne and Barbara Kroemer and several generations of their family are joined by Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who presented them with the President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award for their longstanding and ongoing gifts. Photo by Vincent Walter.

If that wasn’t the pinnacle of the Kroemers’ day, President Mitch Daniels also presented them with the President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award to honor their longstanding and ongoing gifts to Purdue.

The Kroemer family was recognized for their $1.5 million gift to benefit the College of Health and Human Sciences, the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and Purdue Musical Organizations.

Because of the Kroemers’ passionate enthusiasm and support for Purdue’s musical organizations, they also endow Purdue Varsity Glee Club scholarships and underwrite travel expenses. The couple also gave funds for Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall, the future home of PMO, which is set to open by fall 2014. The music library will be named in their honor.

Wayne Kroemer is the founder and chairman of the board of CEP Sales Inc. Despite his love for and loyalty to Purdue, he graduated with a marketing major in 1952 from Indiana University.

Barbara Kroemer graduated from Purdue with a BS in home economics in 1953 and was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega social sorority.

The Pinnacle Award recognizes donors who have given more than $1 million to support the University.