Award program recognizes the unsung heroes
"As we get older it is harder to have heroes --
Thank you to our sponsors
but because of that it is all the more necessary."
— Ernest Hemingway
Few have understood the need for heroes more than Hemingway, author of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and the Sea" - though our readers certainly come close.
We are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and its residents.
After the typical flood of nominations rolls in, our panel of "hero" judges will bestow honors in eight categories:
- Arts and Culture
- Community Spirit
- Environmental Stewardship
- Rising Star
- Role Model
- Lifetime Achievement
We want to recognize those individuals, groups or organizations that stand out because of their actions, integrity or honor, whether that hero is a firefighter who rescues a child from a burning house, the girl who is courageously battling leukemia, the business that allows its employees to mentor teens, or the neighborhood group that cleans up the creek.
We would like to invite you to become a sponsor
There are several levels of sponsorship. Early responders at the Champion and Leader levels will have the opportunity to choose an award to sponsor. This is an opportunity for your organization to show its commitment to the unsung Tri-Valley Heroes while marketing your organization to people who are making a difference in the Tri-Valley and impacting the lives of its residents.
We are also calling for nominations
Individuals who live or work in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo or Livermore are eligible, as are organizations and businesses headquartered in these communities. If you know a person, organization or group deserving of recognition, complete the nomination form. Nominations can also be emailed directly to Gina Channell-Allen, but make sure all the information requested on the form is included. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 25.
Criteria for award consideration
For the individual component, nominees for the awards must be a resident of Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo or Livermore or the work/volunteering that they do must take place in one of these communities. The contribution for which they are being nominated must have made a significant impact to a cause, a person or a group in that market. Nominees must be at least 16 years of age during the active program year, except for the Rising Star award.
If a nominee is an organization, group or business, it must be currently based and operating in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo or Livermore and serve the residents of that area. The contribution for which the organization, group or business is being nominated must have a proven impact on one of these community. National or international organizations with local offices or branches may apply, but they will be judged only on the work they do locally.
The work that a nominee does to inspire a nomination may be part of a nominee's job (a teacher, principal or social worker, for example) but volunteer work, or the work a nominee does above and beyond their professional role may hold more value during the judging process. By the same token, the work that an organization, group or business does elicit a nomination can be part of their organizational mandate, but the work they do selflessly for the sole benefit of a cause, person or group outside of their work may hold more value during the judging process.
The work for which a nominee is nominated must have taken place, at least in part, during the 12 months prior to nomination.
Nominators may remain anonymous to their nominee, but they must provide their contact information to Embarcadero Media for verification purposes.
If a nominee is selected as a semi-finalist, they will need to provide a digital head shot photo of themselves.
A committee of staff and community members will select recipients for each award category based on the criteria mentioned above. Where applicable, individual nominations will be evaluated in respect to other individual nominations within a category and organizations/groups/businesses will be evaluated in respect to other similar nominations within a category.