2014 Jefferson Awards

Jefferson Awards On Air

Do you have a relative, a friend or a co-worker who is having an impact in your local community? In every neighborhood, there are “Unsung Heroes” – volunteers and paid professionals who go well beyond their expected duties.

WQAD News 8 and Genesis Health System are proud to partner locally with the Jefferson Awards.

Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies are the country’s longest standing and most prestigious celebration of public service. Over the past 42 years we have identified and honored over 50,000 local “Unsung Heroes” alongside hundreds of prominent national figures including Walter Cronkite, Paul Newman, Steve Jobs, Elie Wiesel, Peyton Manning and Michael Bloomberg. By celebrating their outstanding service, we are amplifying their solutions for others to apply in their own communities.  In fact in 2002, local activist Chad Pregracke was honored with this award.

Each month from July 2014 – February 2015, we will select a local semi-finalist and highlight him or her on our news.

In the spring 2015, we will choose one finalist from the eight to represent our area at the national awards in Washington D.C. in June 2015.

The nomination process is simple. Fill in the name, address, and telephone number of both your nominee and yourself as the nominator. Write a brief, passionate, compelling story about your friend. Tell something that distinguishes them as an individual. Then highlight how the nominee’s actions benefit the lives of others and the local community. That’s it!

Nominate someone for a Jefferson Award by clicking on the link below and completing an online nomination form.

Click here to fill out a nomination form online.

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