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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - September 6, 2013

From the Publisher: Nominations, sponsors sought for Tri-Valley Heroes awards

Ernest Hemingway said, "As we get older it is harder to have heroes -- but because of that it is all the more necessary." 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 bestows honors in eight categories: Arts & Culture; Community Spirit; Environmental Stewardship; Courage; Rising Star; Innovation; Role Model; and 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. 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 form at Nominations can also be emailed directly to, but make sure all the information requested on the form is included. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 25.