Wanted: Unsung heroes in area

STEUBENVILLE – We’re looking for 10 unsung heroes from around the Tri-State Area, and we need your help.

The Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times continue to accept nominations for the 2014 Community Stars, Presented by Weirton Medical Center.

The Community Stars program has had one simple goal in mind since it was started in 1998 – to honor 10 people who consistently go out of their way to help others, not to receive recognition or to have their names or pictures in the newspaper, but simply because it is the right thing to do.

Weirton Medical Center is returning as the presenting sponsor of the annual recognition of unsung heroes from throughout the Tri-State Area. This year’s dinner is scheduled to be held Oct. 6 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

“This is a great event for the community and as the local community hospital, it only makes sense that this is something we support. So many great things are happening at Weirton Medical Center. To highlight the great things that people in the community are doing gives us a great sense of pride,” said Kelli McCoy, Weirton Medical Center director of communications.

Nominees can come from Jefferson, Harrison, Brooke, Hancock and Washington counties. The only criteria is that the men and women whose names are submitted work to make a positive difference in their cities and towns by caring for those around them. Ten will be selected as this year’s Community Stars

“We happy to have Weirton Medical Center back as our presenting sponsor,” said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. “Our annual recognition dinner has always been a special event, and, thanks to having WMC on board, we have been able to make it even more impressive.”

Each of this year’s selections will be profiled in a special souvenir section that will be published in the newspapers before the banquet, and each will receive a special award that night. There are no age requirements or restrictions – past stars have ranged in age from pre-teen through their 80s. Dinner details will be announced shortly after this year’s stars are selected.

“One of the great things about Community Stars is that the program touches every part of our region,” Gallabrese added. “In the past, we’ve honored people from Burgettstown to Scio, from Chester to Wellsburg, from Toronto to Rayland. Each of our region’s communities is filled with special people who make a huge difference in the lives of others, and it’s a privilege to be able to recognize those individuals every year.”

Nomination forms have been appearing regularly in the newspapers. Submissions are due by Aug. 29 and can be mailed: Jody Wisbith, Attn. Community Stars, Herald-Star, 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH 43952. Nominations can be e-mailed to newsroom@heraldstaronline.com or submitted on the Virtual Newsroom sites of the Herald-Star or The Weirton Daily Times.