From Staff Reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — Vulcan Park and Museum is now accepting nominations for the third annual The Vulcans Community Awards. The Vulcans honor citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress within the seven-county metro area. Nominations will be accepted through July 31 in five award categories: Lifetime Achievement, Servant Leadership, Hero, Game Changer and Newcomer. View the criteria and make nominations at visitvulcan.com/the-vulcans.
Five outstanding citizens, whose actions have had or will have a great impact on our region, like Vulcan has for 112 years, will be recognized at The Vulcan level. Only one award will be given for Lifetime Achievement while special Spear awards will be given in the other four categories. Recipients will be chosen by an independent panel of diverse individuals. Awards will be presented at The Vulcans Community Awards dinner on Thursday, November 3 at The Club.
“There are teachers, business owners, parents, public servants and thousands of others positively impacting our lives every day, and The Vulcans is a meaningful way to honor their contributions to society,” said Darlene Negrotto, President and CEO of Vulcan Park Foundation. “These awards celebrate citizens from all walks of life for accomplishing inspirational things in every community of the seven-county Birmingham region. We hope nominations will include people who may otherwise go unnoticed including friends, family, co-workers, parishioners, mentors, and others.”
Through an open nomination process, hundreds of entries have been received in the first two years. From the 2015 nominations, the selection committee chose a tremendous class of recipients:
Dr. Judy M. Merritt (posthumous), Lifetime Achievement
Sergeant Noah Galloway, Hero
Dr. Sandra & Rev. Henry Ford, Servant Leadership
Coach Bill Clark, Game Changer
Dr. John W. Stewart III, Newcomer
Dr. Zenko J. Hrynkiw and Ms. Vanessa Jones, Hero
Mrs. Kerri Pruitt and Mrs. Tonya Willingham, Servant Leadership
Dr. Anthony C. Hood and Mr. John C. Lyons Jr., Game Changer
Mr. Matt Crane and Ms. Kaneshia Sims, Newcomer
The 2016 event is presented by Vulcan Materials Company with additional support from our media partners, WBRC Fox 6 News and Alabama Media Group.