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Who will be the 2018 Norfolk Area Person of the Year?

September 5, 2018

The search is on for the individual who will be honored as the 2018 Norfolk Area Person of the Year.

The submission of nominations began this week for the recognition program that is sponsored by the Daily News and Elkhorn Valley Bank. All of the details on the nomination process can be found on a full-page advertisement in today’s edition of the Daily News on page 20, or view by clicking here.

The award is designed to honor individuals who have made Norfolk and the area a better place, especially through their efforts in the past 12 months. The goal of the recognition program is that the recipient will serve as an inspiration for others.

Nominations, accepted through the end of October, involve nothing more than a letter of recommendation that details why the person being nominated is worthy of recognition.

Nominations may be dropped off or mailed to either the Daily News or any Elkhorn Valley Bank branch. They also can be emailed to personoftheyear@norfolkdailynews.com. Individuals with questions may contact Ashley Gracey at the Daily News at 371-1020 or via email at agracey@norfolkdailynews.com.

In the recognition program’s first year in 2015, Dirk Petersen of Nucor was honored. In 2016, former Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman was the recipient. And last year, Emily Afrank of Faith Regional Health Services was honored for spearheading the efforts to create Embrace Park in Norfolk.

Like the previous three years, the 2018 recipient of the Norfolk Area Person of the Year award will be featured in the Daily News in late December, as will other finalists.

Then, sometime in January, a reception will take place for the recipient to receive a matted and framed copy of the front page of the Daily News in which he or she was featured.

But for deserving individuals to be considered for recognition, they need to be nominated first. So, if you have a deserving someone in mind, now’s your chance to submit a nomination.

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