Nominations now open for 10th-anniversary group of Unsung Heroes

Staff Report

This week, the Jewish Light will begin accepting nominations for its 10th annual Unsung Heroes Awards. Roughly 10 people will be honored in the Light’s OY! Unsung Heroes magazine and at a special reception the evening of Wednesday, May 22, at the 560 Music Center in University City. 

At the event, the Light also will pay tribute to Unsung Heroes over the past decade since the newspaper began singling out these selfless volunteers in 2010. Prior attendees might note that the location of this year’s event has been changed to accommodate a larger audience because of this special 10th anniversary year.

The nomination form appears on Page 11 and will be included in the Jewish Light for the next five weeks. Nominations also can be made at The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 22.

The Light solicits nominations from the community for volunteers making a major impact without seeking substantial public recognition for their efforts. In other words, the newspaper is looking for volunteers “who fly under the radar” and have not yet received much notoriety for the work they do. 

Honorees can be individuals or groups who are Jewish making an impact in the Jewish community and/or the community-at-large OR non-Jewish individuals or groups making a difference within the Jewish community.

A hand-selected committee of Jewish community members helps the Light review the nominations and make its selections. In addition to this year’s nominees, the committee will consider all nominees from 2018 who were not selected as Unsung Heroes.

The 2019 Unsung Heroes event will be co-chaired by Sheri Sherman, Faith Berger and Janie Weiss. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $500 to $10,000, and include a wide range of recognition and perks, depending on the level. 

For more information about Unsung Heroes nominations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Editor Ellen Futterman at 314-743-3669 or [email protected].



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