Public Invited To Make Nominations For 2015 Jefferson Awards

Posted Jan 9th, 2015 by Annie Cieslukowski  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


Nominations for the 2015 Jefferson Awards are now being taken, announced Joseph H. Zerbey IV, president and general manager of The Blade.

The Jefferson Awards are known as “an American Nobel Prize for public service.” Since its founding in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sam Beard and Senator Robert Taft, Jr., the Jefferson Awards has honored outstanding community and public service.

In Northwest Ohio, 74 people have been honored for their outstanding community service since 2002. Nationally, such luminaries as Elie Wiesel, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Newman, and Peyton Manning have received Jefferson Awards.

Last year’s local winners were Marcy McMahon, Jay Mirrow, Phyllis Morton, and Martha Pituch. Of these, Mr. Mirrow was chosen by the Jefferson Awards Board of Selectors to travel to Washington, DC, for the national ceremony.

Anyone wishing to nominate an “unsung hero” may do so at www.toledoblade.com/jeffersonawards, or by using the form found in ads in The Blade.

A nominee can be anyone who has undertaken a project that has a big impact on the community. Does the project reach out to many people, encouraging and activating others to get involved? Has it changed the lives of area citizens for the better? Has the “unsung hero” overcome personal obstacles to accomplish this feat?
Individuals who have been nominated in the past may be nominated again, as long as their service is continuing.

Nominations will be accepted through January 22, 2015.

The Jefferson Awards are sponsored locally by The Blade, WTVG 13ABC, Buckeye CableSystem, and Leadership Toledo.

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