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Local nominees sought for honor

Stories of adversity focus for ‘Hall of Fame’ program
Enduring adversity and hardships might have a silver lining after all if the person who overcomes them is the 2009 inductee into the “Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame.”
The program, which takes people from all walks of life and recognizes their enduring spirit, is open for nominations until March 31, and this year’s winner could even come from the Ennis area.
Helping Hands thrift store manager and long time employee Tisha Brown said that during her time at the relief agency, she has seen many people who would qualify for this award.
“We see all kinds of people that have faced a bad moment in their lives with a positive attitude and a ‘never quit’ attitude which helped turn the situation around,” she said. “This community is made up of those kinds of people who work hard and do what they can for others despite personal difficulties of their own and I hope they get nominated for their efforts.”
The Keep Going Hall of Fame, which has Cal Ripken Jr. as its spokesperson and honored him as the first inductee in 2006 for his “can do” attitude, asks the people of America to help them choose each year’s winner after the field is narrowed down to 10 nominees. Prior to the final 10 candidates, a group of 100 nominees are honored in their hometowns for their stories of determination and perseverance. After the final 10 are selected from the group of 100, their stories and photos are put on the organization’s Web site for the people of America to vote on. Each vote, up to 10,000, will trigger a $1 donation to the Cal Ripken Sr. foundation that partners with Boys & Girls Clubs as well as PAL centers to teach the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle, and making smart and productive decisions throughout the lives of the children, beginning at a young age.
The possibility of a local community charity receiving the $5,000 donation is also something Brown said she knows would go a long way for any of the community’s worthwhile groups.
“I know from my end of things that the need is up all over the country for help for families that have been affected by the many downward turns in the economy and to think of a local charity being able to receive that kind of donation is very exciting,” Brown said. “A donation of that magnitude would go a long way toward paying bills and purchasing necessary supplies to help the agency help the people it sees on a daily basis.”
The Hall of Fame organizer is hoping people in communities all over the country nominate others with a great story about how they have positively impacted others through strong leadership and perseverance.
Last year’s winner was Ron Bachman from Michigan. Bachman is an amputee that has become a motivational speaker for both children and adults to help boost self-esteem and inspire them to overcome the challenges in their own lives.
The 2009 winner will attend a special induction ceremony at the “Keep Going” Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Mo.
To find out more information on the organization or to nominate someone you know, visit www.energizer.com/halloffame.

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