Nominees for Follansbee Steel Magnolia Award being sought

MIDDLETOWN — Nominations are now open for Follansbee-area residents to be considered for the Steel Magnolia Award, the Middletown Community Foundation has announced.

Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the Follansbee community have the opportunity to earn recognition as Steel Magnolia Award recipients in the program funded by the AK Steel Foundation. Up to 13 awards are given annually, limited to no more than one recipient per AK Steel U.S. location. Each recipient designates a $2,500 donation to an eligible charity of her choice.

The award honors women of all ages who have faced personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work in support of their communities.

“The AK Steel Foundation is proud to fund the Steel Magnolia Awards to honor women who have overcome adversity and serve as a shining example to others,” said Roger K. Newport, chief executive officer of AK Steel.

Nominations, which should take the form of an essay of 500 words or less, must be submitted to the program administrator, the Middletown Community Foundation, no later than Sept. 30. Nominees must live in the vicinity of an AK Steel facility. Association with AK Steel is not a requirement for nomination and will have no bearing on the nominee’s consideration.

Other eligible communities are Ashland, Ky.; Butler and Friedens/Somerset County, Pennsylvania; Columbus and Rockport, Ind.; Dearborn, Mich.; and Coshocton, Mansfield, Walbridge and Zanesville in Ohio. Visit www.mcfoundation.org to view complete requirements and obtain a nomination form. For information, contact the Middletown Community Foundation at (513) 424-7369.