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People to choose 'unsung heroes'

September 10, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Day after day, they devote their time and talents to improving the community, expecting little or nothing in return. Often, they don't even see their service as anything special.

Over the past seven years, the Community Foundation of Washington County has honored 21 such "unsung heroes," and foundation director Brad Sell thinks that's barely scratched the surface.

That's why he's calling on everyone in the community to consider nominating someone they know for the People's Choice Awards, which honor three community servants each year with a $5,000 endowment fund established for the nonprofit organization of their choice.

"I really do think there are people who do an awful lot of work behind the scenes in Washington County year in and year out and just think nothing of it," Sell said. "It takes their friends or the agencies that they work for to nominate them."

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Like many previous winners, Rollan Myers, who was given the award in 2005 for his work at Arc of Washington County, said he was surprised at the recognition.

"I've done a lot of volunteering over 35 years, and that was kind of the first time I've ever been acknowledged for it," Myers said. "It's special when someone notices."

Nominations can be mailed to the Community Foundation of Washington County, 33 W. Franklin St., Suite 203, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 5. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and honored at a banquet Nov. 8 at Four Points Sheraton.

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