Make your nomination for Spirit of Gainesville Awards

Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:26 p.m.

In a city so rich with talent, energy and civic involvement, it’s no wonder the third annual Spirit of Gainesville Awards are expanding to recognize accomplishments in six categories.

The awards, sponsored by The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine, honor those who stand out for their singular dedication to creating a better community.

This year, the awards include special new categories for young people and educators, whose energy and contributions help define the city.

Access the simple nomination process online at

By submitting a nomination, you will recognize our community’s most hardworking, accomplished and often unsung citizens for their work in the last year. More than 100 people were nominated in 2012.

“We are pleased to sponsor this important community event that recognizes so many of the talented and dedicated people in our community,” said Jim Doughton, publisher of The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine. “We look forward to your nominations of these special people.”

Whether it be in building an innovative business, improving lives through medicine, educating the next generation, helping the arts thrive, or diligently serving the needs of the community, the work of these selfless individuals is essential for a thriving Gainesville.

The awards will be presented at a reception at The Gainesville Sun atrium on Monday, Nov. 25, in a ceremony that will honor not only the six winners, but each nominee.

Winners will be selected from among those nominated online by community members. The process will deadline Sept. 7.

Only one nomination is necessary for each nominee, but others are encouraged to go online and add supportive comments.

If you know someone whose energy is helping transform our city, now is your chance to shine the spotlight on their efforts.

To nominate an individual, learn about those who have been nominated or add comments to nominations, go to

Please be sure to include contact information for yourself and the individual you are nominating, as well as a photograph, if possible, of the person you are nominating.

The six categories are:

Community Service: A volunteer whose unselfish devotion of time and energy improves the lives of others.

Arts: An individual who enriches the community through the gift of his or her talents in the visual or performing arts, or teaching the visual or performing arts.

Education: An educator on any level, from school-age through college and university, who demonstrates superior teaching, research or service to students.

Entrepreneurship: Nominees should demonstrate innovation and creativity and a concern for the community.

Medicine: An individual who exhibits a concern for the community as he or she demonstrates innovation and creativity in creating or distributing new products or ideas.

Youth: A young person up to the age of 22 whose unselfish devotion of time and energy improves the lives of others.

(Sportsmanship, a separate category, is now folded into youth, education or community service, whichever category the nominator finds most appropriate).

For more information, email Gainesville Magazine Editor Jacki Levine at

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