Awards to honor people, groups that make a difference in Wichita

A new series of awards is coming to Wichita, and it’s all about honoring people who make a difference in the community.

The Difference Makers for Wichita Awards was organized by Newman University and The Wichita Eagle. The idea is to recognize people and organizations for the positive impact they have on Wichita.

The hope is that the awards will become as coveted and as widely known, albeit locally, in Wichita as the Heisman Trophy or Nobel Prize, said Newman Vice President for Advancement J.V. Johnston.

Nominations are now being accepted, and the winners will be recognized at a dinner Feb. 25. Categories are for business, community leadership, volunteers, nonprofit organizations and student service.

I THINK PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND HONORING PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND WHO HAVE COMMUNITY AT THE FOREFRONT OF THEIR THINKING IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATED

Noreen N. Carrocci, Newman University president

“Newman’s mission is to empower graduates to go out and transform society, so honoring those in our community doing just that is a natural fit for us,” said Noreen Carrocci, Newman’s president. “I think pride in our community and honoring people who are making a difference and who have community at the forefront of their thinking is something to be celebrated.”

The university and The Eagle wanted to capture stories of positive growth and those who make it happen.

“There are many great things going on in Wichita,” Roy Heatherly, The Eagle’s publisher and president, said in a statement. “We believe by spotlighting them and the people and organizations leading the way, that our entire community can be inspired.”

The public is invited to submit nomination forms at www.WichitaDifferenceMakers.com.

In addition to the five main nominees, the new series of awards will select monthly Quiet Hero awards to recognize people who do not seek publicity or recognition yet give service daily to make a difference in Wichita. They will be recognized before and during the February event.

People and organizations who are eligible for the awards will be selected from the greater Wichita area, which includes Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Cowley, Reno and Sumner counties. They will be chosen from all sectors, including government agencies, nonprofits and corporations.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER AWARD CATEGORIES:

▪ The Murdock Award for Business: For an area business that is making a positive impact by pioneering efforts to address a major community challenge or by implementing ideas that enhance opportunities for employees and positively impact the community through creativity and innovation.

▪ The Award for Community Leadership: For an individual who is making a positive impact in the community through excellence in leadership and outstanding initiative to create solutions for critical issues facing the community.

▪ The Ivonne Goldstein Award for Community Volunteer: For an individual who, through outstanding volunteer community service and commitment, is making a difference in the community.

▪ The Sr. Tarcisia Roths, ASC, Award for a Not-for-Profit Organization: For a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that is creating a significant impact in the community.

▪ The Student Service Award: For a high school student who by example has demonstrated a selfless and giving attitude to positively transform society.

For more information and to make nominations, go to www.WichitaDifferenceMakers.com.

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