Nomination period now open for the 2019 Humanitarian Award
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 30th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer.
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Nominations can be submitted online. Nominations also may be emailed or mailed to Suzette West with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce at: Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 2019 Humanitarian Award, P.O. Box 1687, Springfield, MO 65801.
The award criteria describe a humanitarian as “an individual who has the courage to take decisive action, the wisdom to face aggressive challenges, and the willingness to sacrifice to affect these causes that have a long-term impact on the betterment of the community.” The award is designed to recognize a living person; posthumous nominations are not accepted. Click here for more information about the criteria. The nominations will be evaluated by an independent committee of three members of the clergy and three community leaders under the direction of the Chamber.
This year’s luncheon to honor the 2019 Humanitarian will take place at noon, Thursday, Dec. 5, at the DoubleTree, 2431 N. Glenstone. The winner typically receives a $5,000 cash award, which he or she has traditionally donated to a favorite charity.
Recent honorees include the 2018 Humanitarian Dr. Tricia Derges, for her work with the Lift Up Someone Today medical mission; 2017 Humanitarians Dr. David and Linda Brown, for their work with the homeless through the Gathering Tree and Eden Village; and 2016 Humanitarian Hearld Ambler, for his service providing tax preparation for seniors.
For more information, contact: Louise Knauer, Chief Operating Officer at the CFO, at (417) 864-6199.
Past Humanitarian Award recipients:
2018 – Dr. Tricia Derges, founder of the Lift Up Someone Today medical mission
2017 – Dr. David and Linda Brown, founders of the Gathering Tree and Eden Village, for their work with the homeless
2016 – Hearld Ambler, retired Managing Partner of BKD LLP, for his longtime work assisting seniors with paper and online tax preparation
2015 – Kurt Larson, Springfield attorney and founder of Safe and Sober Missouri anti-drug and -alcohol program for teens
2014 – Morey Mechlin, retired executive director of Care to Learn, advocacy on behalf of children
2013 – Shawn Askinosie, socially conscious entrepreneur and philanthropist
2012 – Randy Russell, advocate for the arts and children
2011 – Roseann Bentley, lifetime of community service
2010 – Doug Pitt, Care to Learn and efforts in Tanzania
2009 – Roger D. “Dusty” Shaw Jr. and William Shaw, work in Thomasville and Oregon County
2008 – Bill Stalnaker, Boys and Girls Club and The Kitchen
2007 – Marie Prater, The Kitchen Foundation
2006 – Pat Walker, Founders Park and Springfield beautification
2005 – Bill & Virginia Darr, Families for Children
2004 – Dr. Judith Gonzalez, Hand in Hand Ministries
2003 – Wade E. Palmer, Help Give Hope
2002 – Dr. John Bentley, Health needs of the underserved
2001 – Harold Bengsch, Springfield-Greene County Health Department
2000 – Judge Thomas Mountjoy, Teen Court
1999 – Paul & Cyndy Teas, Camp Barnabas
1998 – John Harp, Greene County Foster Program
1997 – Dr. Jim Blaine, Greene County Medical Society
1996 – E.E. “Johnny” Johnson, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mo
1995 – Rev. Dorsey Levell, Council of Churches of the Ozarks
1994 – Linda Duncan and Janie Brunette, Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program
1993 – Leonard Spellman, Children’s Shoe Bank/Kiwanis
1992 – Calvin Allen, Springfield Community Center
1991 – Sister Lorraine Biebel, The Kitchen
1990 – Mary Beth O’Reilly, Hospice