General Motors Announces the Last Hero Finalists of 2011
By: Stevie Hoey
December 6, 2011 8:59 am CT
It seems like just yesterday we featured our first round of Our Town, Our Heroes finalists. What better way to end 2011 than with four new inspiring hero stories?
The individuals below have been nominated for the Our Town, Our Heroes program because of their continued dedication to serving others and striving to better their communities. We need YOUR help to name one of them the last hero winner of 2011!
Take a few moments to read the stories below, 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.
Ashley Coleman from East St. Louis, nominated by Amanda Jackson
Ashley has inspired East St. Louis and surrounding communities through her continuing selfless services. Along with serving in the Illinois Army National Guard, Ashley strives to help those in need by donating to food pantries and providing clothing for the homeless. She has continued to devote her time and effort to work with the youth within the city of East St. Louis through educational workshops to prepare them for college. She gives everyone a sense of hope through encouragement. She is not just a true hero, but a young lady who works hard to inspire and motivate others.
Herschel Luckinbill from Montgomery, nominated by Wayne Johnson
Herschel has dedicated much of his time and money to serving local World War II veterans with Honor Flight Chicago, an organization that flies veterans to Washington DC to visit the war memorials and be recognized for their service. Herschel has helped lead 25 flights from Chicago and continues to spend his time planning reunions and fundraisers to benefit local veterans. He is a true hero.
Jennifer Huber from North Aurora, nominated by Donna Brouch
Jennifer serves her community and the area’s seniors by working at the Fox Valley Park District, planning meals, entertainment and events. She organizes the popular “Fun Friday” program and plans activities and trips for all to enjoy. Without Jennifer, area seniors would easily be lost in the shuffle. She is a hero to all in the community.
Stacy Sieczynski from Newark, nominated by Danielle Greene
Stacy is a dog groomer who inspires others with her love and care for animals. She takes in unwanted animals no matter what size, shape, breed, condition or color. She feeds, bathes and gives them a good haircut and vet work if needed. She then works to place each animal into a forever – not foster – home. I have seen so many animals join wonderful families all because she put her money, time, and effort into it. She is a hometown hero and the animals have her to thank!
Remember, only one vote per IP address 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, December 14, 2011. We will announce the winning hero on Thursday, December 15, so be sure to keep checking DrivingtheMidwest.com and follow us on Twitter @DrivingMidwest for updates!