Independent Newsmedia presents Surprise Hometown Heroes Awards

Media company accepting nominations for 2021 event

Posted 9/12/19

Event to honor community, business leaders

Surprise Independent and Fellowship Square are hosting the heroes of Surprise at our Hometown Heroes Awards luncheon celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. …

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Independent Newsmedia presents Surprise Hometown Heroes Awards

Media company accepting nominations for 2021 event

Fellowship Square Christian Care Surprise was the 2019 presenting sponsor of the Surprise Independent's Hometown Heroes Awards.
Fellowship Square Christian Care Surprise was the 2019 presenting sponsor of the Surprise Independent's Hometown Heroes Awards.
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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.

Independent accepts nominations now

Submissions will continuously be sought from the Surprise community in multiple categories. All nominations to aznews@newszap.com 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.

2019 event honors community, business leaders

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.

And the categories are ...

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:

  • Educator: Teacher who has inspired students beyond their own learning expectation.
  • Mentor/Coach: Person who works with, and is a role model, for our younger community.  
  • Volunteer: Person who has donated their time and skill to assist or improve the community.
  • Veteran: Former military person who continues to serve within the community.
  • Community Cheerleader: Individual who rallies and organizes positivity for the community.
  • Healthcare: Influential medical professional who is a leader and provides top-notch care for the community.
  • Emergency Responder: Person who steps forward during an emergency.
  • Spiritual: A spiritual leader who displays their own good and unlocks the potential in others.
  • Entrepreneur: An individual who launches an idea into a new business and serves the community.
  • Trailblazer: Business that is spearheading innovative or new products and serves the community.
  • Leader of tomorrow (17 or younger): Youth who shows leadership and involvement within the community.

Sponsorships are available for businesses and trusted organizations, which can partner to support these local heroes and their achievements. Email azads@newszap.com

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