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Nominations for 2017 Hometown Heroes opens

April 17, 2017 GMT

For almost 20 years, The Woodlands has celebrated individuals, businesses and institutions that exemplify the values of the community. Those Hometown Heroes can be nominated for numerous reasons, including but not limited to volunteerism, leadership, courage, nobility and dedication to worthy causes.

The annual tradition started in 1999, in concurrence with The Woodlands 25th Anniversary Celebration. Since its inception, 109 individuals and 14 businesses have received the Hometown Heroes award. Last year’s honorees included Bruce Cunningham, Bob Hibbetts, Kelly Hull, Debbie Sukin and STRIKE.

The 2017 Hometown Heroes will be honored during The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala on Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The gala benefits Interfaith of The Woodlands, a local non-profit agency that provides programs and services to The Woodlands and surrounding area.


President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands Missy Herndon said the community tradition helps provide critical funds for Interfaith and is one of the nonprofit organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Funds go toward providing basic needs for local families, such as food, clothing, rent or mortgage assistance and transitional shelters, as well as providing tools and resources to senior citizens.

“Hometown Heroes commit their time, energy, passion and dedication into making The Woodlands a better place to live, work, play and pray,” Herndon said. “Their actions build community and symbolize the good that can happen when people choose to make change and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”

Nominations for Hometown Heroes are being accepted and must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, June 23. Hometown Heroes must be current residents or organizations based in The Woodlands. The award is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and The Woodlands Villager.

To nominate an individual or organization that exemplifies the qualities of a Hometown Hero, fill out an online nomination form at woodlandsinterfaith.org/gala. Entries also can be emailed to lparise@thewoodlands.com or mailed to Hometown Hero Selection Committee, The Woodlands Villager, 3606 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381. They also can be dropped off at The Villager office at the same address.