Deadline is Saturday for Spirit of Gainesville nominations


Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.

The contributions of this area’s young people and educators will be recognized as part of the third annual Spirit of Gainesville Awards, designed to honor those dedicated to creating a better life in this community.

Nominations are still being accepted for the awards, but the deadline is Saturday.

The awards are sponsored by The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine, and this year the awards have expanded to recognize accomplishments in six categories.

The awards’ two new categories will recognize young people and educators, whose energy and contributions help define the city.

By taking part in this process, 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.

The simple nomination process is now online at www.gainesville.com/spiritofgainesville. There you can place a nomination and read those already submitted.

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 on 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. 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 www.gainesville.com/spiritofgainesville. Make sure to include contact information for yourself and the individual you are nominating, as well as a photograph of the person, if possible.

The six categories:

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 in creating or distributing new products or ideas as well as show a concern for the community.

Medicine: An individual who exhibits a concern for the community as he or she helps improve the field of medicine via research, patient care or development of ideas or products for health care.

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 levinej@gvillesun.com.

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