By Mariah Singer-Brown, Associate Director, Jensen Community Center
In a year unlike any that most of us have lived through, we realize the importance of our small community. It is the people here that make our village amazing, and we value the contributions that our community members make.
We are all lucky to live in this area, where many wonderful people donate their time, talents, and resources to local organizations and programs that benefit our community.
We are asking you to help us by nominating a person or business/organization in our community that you feel is deserving of special recognition. In 2018, the Jensen Community Center and the Jensen Community Spirit created two new awards, and we are happy to present all three awards again for 2020. As always, the awards will be chosen by the Amherst Area Foundation Board of Directors. Awards will be announced in the October issue of the Community Spirit.
Person of the Year
The “Person of the Year” award was established by the Community Spirit in 2004 to honor individuals who go the extra mile by generously donating their time, talents, and resources to local organizations and programs. Previous “Person of the Year” awards have been awarded to: 2004 - Mark Olson, 2005 - Don Aylesworth, 2006 - Hans and Jane Suomi, 2007 - Rich Stuczynski, 2008 - Shelly Platten, 2009 - Janet Glodowski, 2010 - Ken and Barb Konkol, 2011 - Connie Pitt, 2012 - Aralda Bell, 2013 - Terry Anderson, 2014 - Butch Somers, 2015 - Jake Barnes, 2016 - Nina Cass, 2017 - Russ and Linda Schroeder, 2018 - Ed Haebig, and 2019 - Victor Voss.
Junior Person of the Year
The “Junior Person of the Year” award was created to honor a person aged 18 or younger. This award recognizes a young member of the Tomorrow River community who makes a positive impact on the lives of others. They inspire their peers to be productive and positive community members. This person should demonstrate qualities of leadership, giving, and community spirit. The 2018 “Junior Person of the Year” award was presented to Ben Villnow, and the 2019 award went to Makena Maves.
Business/Organization of the Year
This award was created to recognize a business or organization in our area that has made a positive impact on the Tomorrow River community through economic impact or social support of the community. This nominee must operate in our community, giving generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources in the community. The “Business of the Year” award was presented to the International Bank of Amherst in 2018 and to Ambrosia Pub & Grill in 2019.
Please help us by submitting a nomination for an individual or business that you believe to be deserving of recognition. Nominations will be accepted through September 1, 2020. Please send your nomination (for Person of the Year, Junior Person of the Year, and/or Business/Organization of the Year) in a letter of 250 words or less explaining why your nominee is deserving of each award to email@example.com or call us at 715-824-5202 if you’d like to drop off a hard copy. We urge those who nominated people in the past to nominate them again this year. One of our previous years’ runners-up may very well be this year’s winner!
Thank you for taking the time to help us recognize some outstanding people in our community!