Awards announces call for nominations
The Jefferson Awards, recognition for community and
public service, is accepting nominations for the 2014 prize,
announced Joseph H. Zerbey IV, president and general
manager of The Blade.
“In the past, we have had an excellent pool of nominations from
which to pick our winner,” Mr. Zerbey said. “I am confident we
will see an equally outstanding group of nominees this year.”
The Jefferson Awards was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard to serve as an
American Nobel prize for community and public service. Past
recipients include: former president Jimmy Carter, Oprah
Winfrey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Senator John Glenn.
Past local recipients include: Clara Schuer, Christa Adams,
Sam Szor, Tony Siebenick, Duke Wheeler, Fr. Donald Vettese,
and Laneta Goings.
Nominations are accepted from the public. The public may make
nominations via a Web site, www.toledoblade.com/jeffersonawards.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 24, 2014.
Once nominations have closed, all materials will be forwarded to
a panel of local judges. This year’s judges include: Tom Martin,
Florence Buchanan, Thomas Backoff, Judy Seibenick, Ford Weber,
Gary Willoughby, and P. Roger Parker, Jr. The judges will
choose a number of finalists.
From these finalists, four local winners will be selected. These
winners will be announced at the Jefferson Awards breakfast, to
take place March 13, 2014, at the Premier on Heatherdowns
The names and nomination packets of these four will be sent to a
panel in Washington, D.C. That panel will then select a local
winner, who will attend a ceremony there later in the spring.
The Jefferson Awards are sponsored locally by The Blade, WTVG
13abc, and Buckeye CableSystem. The award sponsor is Leadership
Toledo, and the breakfast sponsors are The Andersons and
Nationally, the Jefferson Awards has media partners in more than