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This award has been presented each year since 1955.The award is presented by the Kenosha News, but the selection is made by an independent panel of judges.
The winner last year was Celia Walther of Pleasant Prairie, who volunteers for numerous education-related causes. In 2010, the winner was Ralph Tollas of Kenosha, a retired Postal Service worker who works with volunteer groups all over the county. Chief Deputy Charles Smith of the Kenosha County Sheriffâ€™s Department was the winner in 2009. Among his many missions, Smith created an organization to make sure the Salvation Army food pantry stays supplied. In 2008, the winner was Dr. Joe Garretto, who was was cited for his efforts to develop lower-cost alternatives for people needing laboratory tests.
These and other past winners have demonstrated their commitment to the community, but the other thing they have in common is they were nominated, usually without their knowledge.
If you know someone who deserves this award, please take the time to make a nomination. The form asks for some basic information, but the most important part is the explanation of why you think your nominee deserves the award.The form is available here.If you prefer, you may download the form, print it, fill it out, and return it to us at the following address:
Person of the Year
5800 Seventh Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53140
c/o Editorial Page Editor Steve Lund
Are you inspired by someone in particular? Nominate him or her for Person of the Year. Inspirational people deserve recognition, and their stories may inspire other people as well.
The deadline for nominations is December 14.Person of the Year, Kenosha News 5800 Seventh Av e. Kenosha, WI 53140 c/o Editorial Page Editor Steve Lund