Nominations Open for 2012 Humanitarian Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 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 23rd annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19. Nominations can be submitted online at:

Nominations also may be e-mailed or mailed to Judy Galbraith with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce at:; or Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 2012 Humanitarian Award, P.O. Box 1687, Springfield, MO 65801.

The criteria for the award 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. More information about the criteria is available at:

The nominations will be evaluated by an independent committee of three members of the clergy and three community leaders under the direction of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s luncheon to honor the 2012 Humanitarian will take place at noon, Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Doubletree Hotel.

For more information, contact: Randy Russell, Senior Program Officer,; or (417) 864-6199.