New Hero Finalists: Requel, Henry, Bonnie and Sheila!
By: Stephanie Lewis
August 2, 2012 9:00 am CT
The nominations are in – the new Our Town, Our Heroes finalists are Requel, Henry, Bonnie and Sheila! These four individuals have been recognized by their friends and family for the positive contributions they’re making in their neighborhoods. Read their stories below and vote for your favorite!
Requel Gibson from Chicago, nominated by Stephanie Miller
Requel selflessly donates her time and energy to improve the lives of Chicago’s youth in under-served communities. She actively volunteers at World Sport Chicago by participating in the Coach for Chicago and scholarship programs. Requel served as a volunteer basketball coach for multiple organizations and has been a mentor for Chicago student-athletes as they navigate the college application process. Because of her time and effort, many Chicago students received the guidance and encouragement they needed to succeed in athletics and academics.
Henry Holloway from Coal Valley, nominated by LyWanna Holloway
Henry is a military veteran who continues to support our troops each day. He worked in the emergency room to help wounded soldiers and became a counselor to help veterans resolve mental issues. He currently serves our troops as a building manager with the First Army at the Rock Island Arsenal. Henry is a loving and caring person who puts his family, troops and country ahead of himself. He is a true hero.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara from Chicago, nominated by Amy Bizzarri
Bonnie is a hero to everyone in Chicago’s performing arts community. Her blog, ChiILMama.com, promotes fun events for families who enjoy music and has helped many local artists jumpstart their careers. Bonnie also uses her talents to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, women’s heart disease, local animal shelters and new dog parks. She is a true hero to her community.
Sheila Quirke from Chicago, nominated by Jamie Morris
Sheila is a special type of hero both to Jamie and to the community. After losing her daughter Donna to cancer, Sheila started a nonprofit, Donna’s Good Things, to provide joyful opportunities for children facing adversity, be it economic, social or health related. She also raises awareness for pediatric cancer by sharing her personal story with others. Sheila gives up countless hours to help others and is an inspiration to any family going through difficult times. Sheila likes to share good news about the good work others are doing instead of focusing on herself. Sheila is an example of a true, selfless hero.
Voting for this round of Our Town, Our Heroes ends Thursday, August 16 and we will announce the winner on DrivingtheMidwest.com on Friday, August 17. Cast your vote once per day until voting ends, and be sure to check out our Facebook page to help spread the word with your friends and family!
Good luck to all our heroes!