STEUBENVILLE – If you know one of the area’s unsung heroes and are considering nominating them to be a community star, you’re running out of time.
The deadline for nominations for the annual recognition of 10 tri-state area residents is Tuesday.
Some things about the program have not changed since its launch by The Herald-Star and Weirton Daily Times in 1998. The goal remains to honor area residents who go out of their way to help others, from not to receive recognition or to have their names and photos in the newspaper, but simply because it is the right thing to do.
One thing that changed this year was the addition of Main Street Bank as a presenting sponsor.
“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor and look forward to honoring those who do not want to but should get the recognition they deserve” said Rich Lucas, president and CEO of the bank.
Applicants can come from Jefferson and Harrison counties in Ohio, Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Pennsylvania.
The only criterion is that those whose names are submitted work to make a real difference in their communities by showing that they care about those around them.
“We are happy to have Main Street Bank as our main sponsor”, said Ross Gallabrese, editor of the newspapers. “Our annual celebration is always a special event and, thanks to Main Street Bank, this year is really going to make our stars shine.”
Profiles for each of this year’s winners will be included in a special section to be released ahead of the dinner, which is scheduled to take place on October 28 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, located at the corner of Fifth and Washington streets in downtown Steubenville. Each winner will receive a prize and gift certificate from M&M True Value Hardware, 4148 Sunset Blvd.
“We realize this is not what these people are looking for, but we are delighted to be able to give them the recognition they so deserve”, Lucas added.
There are no restrictions or age requirements – former stars range in age from pre-teens to 90.
Lucas said dinner time is important for Main Street Bank – its new branch is slated to open in November in Toronto.
“We are delighted to be able to develop ourselves”, Lucas said of the financial institution, which was founded in 2001. “We look forward to serving residents of Toronto and the Jefferson County area very soon.
He added that events like Community Stars fit perfectly with the values championed by Main Street.
“Our mission and our goal is to serve our communities”, Lucas said. “In our charter, we are defined as a community bank. Our Board of Directors and staff realize that we are here to serve our local communities.
Nomination forms appear regularly in newspapers. Submissions are due Tuesday and can be mailed to Michael D. McElwain, Attn: Community Stars, Herald-Star, 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, Ohio 43952. Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or submitted online by visiting either heraldstaronline.com or weirtondailytimesonline.com and clicking the button to the right of the screen.