Cathy, Maria and Patricia Named Hero Finalists – Now Cast Your Vote!
By: Stevie Hoey
September 22, 2011 9:00 am CT
Heroes today are not running around wearing capes or awesome costumes. They are individuals who inspire others with their everyday actions or those who encourage positive change in their communities. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most.
The three people below have been nominated for the Our Town, Our Heroes program because of their daily acts of heroics. Now that we have three outstanding finalists, we need YOUR help to name one of them our winner! Take a few moments to read their stories and then cast your vote for the person who inspires you the most. After the voting period, the finalist with the most votes will win a week-long loan of a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle along with a special hero package.
Cathy organized and opened Little Sprouts Early Learning Center at the Pilcher Park Nature Center. She teaches children to love and respect nature. By hosting fun activities, Cathy makes the outdoors even more fun for the kids. Cathy is a true hero as her passion for teaching children about the outdoors is giving them something to hold onto their entire lives.
Maria is always willing to do anything for anyone. She is on the board for the Special Ed Forum in Barrington and headed up procurement for the AutismOne gala that raised over $10,000 for autism. When someone needs a child picked up or a sitter, she’s the friend you call because she will do it. Maria also shares her wealth of knowledge on all sorts of health topics and always shares what she knows with whoever needs it.
Patricia, my mother, is truly a local hero. She is not only a compassionate mother, but also a caring nurse. Every day, she is in charge of protecting the wellness and health of more than 5,000 employees, and she treats nearly 700 patients a month. To her, they’re not just her patients; she builds a lasting relationship with each of them. She also brings her talented and caring personality to other facets of her life as well: family, friends, church, and the community. She has inspired me to continue along her path and to become a nurse like her. My mother is truly a hero.
Remember, only one vote per person per round! We actively monitor voting to ensure all votes follow the Our Town, Our Heroes Contest Rules.
Voting for this round of Our Town, Our Heroes ends at 6:00 P.M. CT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. We will announce the winning hero on Thursday, September 29, so be sure to keep checking DrivingtheMidwest.com and follow us on Twitter @DrivingMidwest for updates!
We are always accepting nominations for Our Town, Our Heroes, so nominate YOUR hero today!