Humanitarian of the Year call for nominations

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is now accepting nominations for the twentieth annual Humanitarian of the Year Award. The deadline for nominations is October 23, 2009. Nomination forms were mailed to area nonprofits and others this week.

Nominees may be a person from the Missouri Ozarks who has given time, talents, and/or resources (often at personal sacrifice) to helping others. Complete criteria is included with the nomination form. Nomination should be mailed to Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 1687 65801, Springfield, MO 65806 or via email to Judy Galbraith at

The Humanitarian of the Year award honors an individual in our community who has, at personal sacrifice, extended services, time and resources towards helping others, and to recognize the cause and work of such individuals. An independent selection committee comprised of the Chairman-Elect of the Chamber of Commerce, three members of the clergy and three members of the community selects the honoree.

Accompanying the crystal award is a $5,000 cash grant to be divided equally between the recipient and the charities of the recipient’s choice. The award is made possible by earnings from an endowment fund established by Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, a former Community Foundation Board member and current Advisory Director.

Past recipients include: Bill Stalnaker, Marie Prater; Pat Walker; Mary Beth O’Reilly; Sister Lorraine Biebel; Calvin Allen; Leonard Spellman; Linda Duncan and Janie Brunette, RN, MSN; Dr. Dorsey Levell; E.E. “Johnny” Johnson; Dr. Jim Blaine; John Harp; Paul and Cyndy Teas; Judge Tom E. Mountjoy; Harold Bengsch; Dr. John Bentley; Wade E. Palmer; Dr. Judith Gonzalez; and William and Virginia Darr.

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