Help us recognize our Hometown Heroes

(l to r) Frances Bloodsworth, Danielle Waters, Wylie Gray, Sr., Tracy Tyler, Vance Todd, and Rev. Charles Cephas. (seated) Bud

Dorchester Banner/Logan Anderson Last year’s Hometown Heroes at the presentation ceremony at Dorchester Center for the Arts. (l to r) Frances Bloodsworth, Danielle Waters, Wylie Gray, Sr., Tracy Tyler, Vance Todd, Rev. Charles Cephas and (seated) Bud Mowbray.

CAMBRIDGE — Once again we are asking our Dorchester Banner readers to help us recognize some of our hometown heroes. This is the third year we have requested nominations for those people in the community who usually go unrecognized for their special acts.

For more than a century, The Banner’s mission has been to educate and celebrate the Heart of Chesapeake Country, and to fulfill that mission, we have published countless stories about the people who make this community what it is. But we know there are more stories out there–people who haven’t received the recognition they may deserve. You’ve heard about these people before, they’re called “unsung heroes.”

So, for the upcoming year, please help us sing about these “unsung heroes.” The nominee could be a neighbor who organizes a benefit for a family having financial troubles, or someone who helps in an emergency, a particularly good teacher or community advocate — anyone who goes above and beyond to help others or overcome obstacles.

All the nominees will be honored on the Banner’s website — DorchesterBanner.com — and some will be featured in a special publication in February of 2015.

To honor such people, we need readers to submit names of those who have acted heroically.

There are eight categories:
• Community — A person who has donated their time or has done something to improve the community.
• Business — An organization or group of people who have undertaken a project to help others.
• Mentor/Coach — A person who has made a dramatic impact in the life of another.
• Emergency Responder — A person who steps forward during an emergency to help.
• Faith/Spiritual — A person who makes an impact in their church or the religious community.
• Youth — A younger member of the community who has found a special way to brighten the day of others.
• Educator — A teacher, current or retired, who has found ways to inspire students beyond their own expectations.
• Lifetime achievement — A long-standing community member who has consistently and tirelessly stepped forward and exemplified a passion for giving.

Super Heroes will be chosen from each category by a committee consisting of last year’s heroes, which includes Buddy Mowbray, Tracy Tyler, Wylie Gray Sr., Juanita Weber, Rev. Charles Cephas, Danielle Waters and Frances Bloodsworth. The committee will review the nominations and select a superhero for each category along with two runners up. Those winners will be featured in a special publication in March and will be honored with an award ceremony tied to the special print publication.

All nominations should be received by January 9.

To nominate a person or business / organization, complete the Hometown Heroes nomination form.

Help us sing about the real unsung heroes of Dorchester County–nominate your favorites today, for 2016’s list of Hometown Heroes in the Heart of Chesapeake Country.

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at pclipper@newszap.com.

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