Seeking Nominations for New Community Awards!
Heritage Fund is seeking nominations for two new annual awards established by the estate of longtime Columbus residents Donald and Catherine Jurgemeyer to honor noteworthy heroes and projects in the community. The Donald W. & Catherine G. Jurgemeyer Community Hero Award recognizes and celebrates the contributions of everyday local heroes -- those who have performed life-saving measures, come to the aid of another or contributed to the safety, security and resiliency of our community. Nominees must be either a professional or volunteer serving in Bartholomew County as a law enforcement official, firefighter, first responder or in the medical or healthcare field. The nominee will have exhibited heroism in his or her response to an emergency, on- or off-duty, or is involved in an ongoing activity in which a commitment is made to the safety, security and resiliency of the community through acts of courage and unselfishness in response to an identified need. A $5,000 award will be presented. The Donald W. & Catherine G. Jurgemeyer Community Leadership Project of the Year Award promotes and recognizes an organization or project in the community that exemplifies the Columbus community leadership values, including high aspirations, Welcoming Community, public-private partnerships, best value, collaboration, the value of good design, forward-thinking, lifelong learning and service to others, while addressing a pressing need or opportunity to improve the quality of life in Bartholomew County. Nominees will be nonprofit organizations, volunteer groups, government entities, coalitions or businesses serving Bartholomew County. A $15,000 award will be presented to the charitable organization to further support the sustainability of the project, the sponsoring nonprofit or similar charitable initiative. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. March 20. Required nomination information (SEE BELOW) should be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off at Heritage Fund, 538 Franklin St., in Columbus. Award recipients will be notified in March with public announcement in April. Donald Jurgemeyer was senior vice president of the trust department of Irwin Union Bank for 12 years and practiced law in his Columbus firm for 29 years. He served as legal counsel for the community foundation in its early years. Catherine Jurgemeyer served as president of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation and chaired the American Bar Auxiliary and the Indiana Lawyers Auxiliary. For more information, contact Kristin Munn, director of development, at 812-376-7772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donald W. & Catherine G. Jurgemeyer Community Hero Award Person submitting application: 1. Name 2. Email 3. Phone 4. Relationship to Individual Nominee: 5. Name 6. Email 7. Phone 8. Job Title Documentation required: 9. Nomination letter describing the act of heroism or ongoing commitment to the safety, security, and resiliency of the community demonstrated by the nominee. Donald W. & Catherine G. Jurgemeyer Community Leadership Project of the Year Person submitting application: 1. Name 2. Email 3. Phone 4. Relationship/Role on the Project Nominee: 5. Project Title 6. Provide a description of the community project including the following: a. What community need has been addressed? b. What impact has this project had on the local community? c. How does this project and the individuals involved demonstrate adherence to the Community Leadership Values?