Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 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 29th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by late Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. Mrs. Schweitzer passed away in April. Click here to read about Mrs. Schweitzer’s life and legacy.
The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. 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, 2018 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 2018 Humanitarian will take place at noon, Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Darr Agricultural Center, 2401 S. Kansas Expressway. The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, which he or she has traditionally donated to a favorite charity.
Recent honorees include the 2017 Humanitarians Dr. David and Linda Brown, for their work with the homeless through the Gathering Tree and Eden Village; 2016 Humanitarian Hearld Ambler, for his service providing tax preparation for seniors; and 2015 Humanitarian Kurt Larson, founder of Missouri Safe and Sober.
For more information, contact: Louise Knauer, Chief Operating Officer at the CFO, at (417) 864-6199.