Fourteen individuals have been named finalists for the
Toledo-Area Jefferson Awards, it was announced—They are Linda
Bayer, Kristopher Brickman, Tom Dibling, Sally Goligoski, Viola
Grzybowski, Cindy Kirk, Daniel LaValley, Marcy McMahon, Jay
Mirrow, Toni Moore, Phyllis Morton, Martha Pituch, Stephen
Taylor, and Jim Whiteman.
“They have each been selected as a finalist for this award due
to their outstanding service to the community,” said Joseph
Zerbey IV, president and general manager of The Blade.
“Their contributions have made our region a better place to live
for so many people. Now it’s time for us to honor them.”
Jefferson Award Judges Florence Buchanan, Thomas Backoff,
Judy Seibenick, Ford Weber, Gary Willoughby, and P. Roger
Parker, Jr., made the selections from a field of 42
In 1972, The Jefferson Awards were founded by Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard. Their mission
was to establish a nationally recognized award to honor
outstanding individuals who are committed to public service.
The 14 finalists will be honored at the annual Jefferson Awards
Ceremony and Breakfast. At the ceremony, all 14 finalists will
be honored, and the top four local winners announced.
The names and nomination packages of the four regional winners
will be sent to the national selection committee. The American
Institute of Public Service will select one nominee to attend
The Jefferson Awards National Celebration of Service in
The local Jefferson Awards Ceremony and Breakfast will take
place Thursday, March 13, 2014 at The Premier Banquet Hall, 4480
Heatherdowns Blvd. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast
will be served at 8 a.m. Tickets are available for $15 each, or
$125 for a table of ten, and may be purchased online at
toledoblade.com/jeffersonawards, or by calling 419-724-6074.