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Nominate humanitarians for recognition with awards

Nonprofit SpotlightKay Vasilakis

The 16th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards will be presented at a heartwarming community event at the Hotel Colorado on Monday, Feb. 7. It is a wonderful opportunity for good deeds and public service to be honored.Have you observed someone whose generous acts deserve acknowledgment? People go out of their way everyday to make the world a little nicer for others. Maybe you admire a co-worker who makes you proud to be part of an organization. All it takes is a few minutes to fill out a nomination form and write specific details about why your nominee deserves recognition. To be included in this evening of a lifetime can mean so much to someone who has a generous soul. Appreciating a room full of humanitarians encourages everyone in attendance to give just a little more.Categories include volunteer, staff, senior, and youth. Depending upon the nominations submitted, the committee has been known to also give a Good Neighbor Award, Countywide Award and awards in other categories to recognize the nominees whose efforts rise to the top. Specific details about the person’s achievements and dedication are needed to give fair consideration to each candidate. Excerpts from the nomination letters will also be used during brief remarks about each nominee.The youth category is especially important because it endorses the selfless activities of our communities’ exemplary young people. Take the time to notice the caring youth who form beneficial relationships and give tirelessly of themselves. The time spent composing a convincing nomination letter will not only encourage that worthy young person but also expand the “Pay It Forward” philosophy. Look for nomination forms in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent in the next few weeks. Nominations must be received by Friday, Jan. 7, and may be sent to Kate Somsel-Longmore at 1402 Blake St., Glenwood Springs, 81601; faxed to 947-8488; or e-mailed to klongmore@coloradomtn.edu.All nominees will be guests at the awards dinner on Feb. 7. Social time for the dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 947-8462, and indicate a vegetarian meal if preferred. Kay Vasilakis’ column “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.


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