The Surprise Independent presents its 2020-21 Hometown Heroes Awards, an award celebration of individuals and businesses identified for their local achievements and distinguished contributions in Surprise.
Independent Newsmedia will be featuring a Hometown Hero of Surprise each month. We will also host a Hometown Heroes Award celebration at the end, honoring all Hometown Heroes Award winners of Queen Creek. The community can join the celebration, which includes the acknowledgment of recipients and achievements.
Submissions will continuously be sought from the Surprise community in multiple categories. All nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org will be reviewed, and monthly winners will be selected based on their community contributions.
Nominations should include name, email address and phone number along with the category of nomination, some details about the person being nominated and what accomplishments they have done.
A nomination form is here.
Surprise Independent and Fellowship Square Christian Care hosted the heroes of Surprise at our Hometown Heroes Awards luncheon celebration Sept. 25 at Fellowship Square, 16477 W. Bell Road.
“We’re thrilled to recognize and celebrate the people who make Surprise a great place to live and work,” said Independent Newsmedia’s Publisher Charlene Bisson. “Our Hometown Heroes Awards bring attention to community members and businesses for philanthropic achievements.”
Winners include the late Chuck Strange, who won the Lifetime Achievement award.
Community Hero winners include Heather Casey (Educator), Connie Whitlock (Arts Innovator), Officer Matthew Barker, on behalf of the SWAT team (Emergency Responder), Kent Guyer (Mentor), Chaplain Dan Brookey (Spiritual), Glenn Stark (Veteran) and Sharon Beard (Volunteer).
The Business Heroes winners include Ottawa University (Education), Julie Neal from the AZTechcelerator (Entrepreneur), Avein Saaty-Tafoya of Adelante Healthcare (Healthcare), the Surprise Youth Foundation (Nonprofit organization), Tammy Fraser of Gifts to Go (Small Business), Jennifer Powell of Amtrust Bank (Large Business) and Scott Boettcher of Veteran Tinting and Blinds (Veteran-Owned Business).
The program acknowledged winners with an award presentation and social.
In addition to a lifetime achievement award, for a longstanding community member who has consistently stepped forward and exemplified a passion for giving back to the Surprise community within any category, there will be the following Community Heroes categories:
Sponsorships are available for businesses and trusted organizations, which can partner to support these local heroes and their achievements. Email email@example.com.