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'Unsung volunteers' sought for awards

September 21, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

erinc@herald-mail.com

A hospital auxiliary volunteer, a coach and a PTA member have won in the past. Brad Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County, calls them the county's "unsung volunteers."

The foundation is asking the public to nominate Washington County residents for the sixth annual People's Choice Awards, which honors local volunteers.

"But it's not the people who sit on boards," Sell said. "This is to honor the unsung volunteers in the community."

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Individuals or couples may be nominated for service in, but not limited to, the following areas: arts and culture, business/community leader, direct service professional, economic development, education, environment, health field, historical preservation, human services, persons of character, service clubs, social services, volunteer or youth. A group of five independent judges will select three winners from the pool of nominees, who will be honored at the People's Choice Awards banquet Nov. 10, Sell said.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 7.

"We're looking for the people who really do a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work," he said. "There's really a lot of work done behind the scenes that nobody knows about, and that's what we're trying to make people aware of."

The three winners will each select a charity for which they wish to set up an endowment. The Community Foundation will establish a $5,000 endowment for each of the charities, Sell said.

Nominations are available by calling the foundation at 301-745-5210 or sending e-mail to cfwc@hagcomfound.org. Forms also can be downloaded from the foundation's Web site, www.hagcomfound.org.

Tickets are available at the foundation office for $100 each.

For details, call 301-745-5210.

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