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Shining Star Awards Nomination Are Now Open

Post Date:11/10/2017 12:31 PM

The Village of Mount Prospect’s Special Events Commission is once again honoring individuals and organizations that have a positive impact on the community. The Shining Star Awards are presented on the basis of nomination by community leaders, business owners, community member and residents. The categories cover a wide range of interest areas and are designed especially to seek out individuals who do things that often go unnoticed. If the person you are thinking of doesn't fit one of the categories, don't worry, the last category can be whatever you think it should be.

The 25th Annual Shining Stars Gala, previously known as the Celestial Celebration, will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at The Cotillion Banquets in Palatine and the Shining Star Awards will be presented at the event.

The award categories are:

  • Beautify Mount Prospect - This recognizes a group or individual that have made a special effort to enhance the physical character of the village.
  • Community Partner Award - For a business that has gone out of its way to be a good corporate citizen.
  • Champion for Youth - An individual, organization, or program that, as part of his or her job or its professional responsibilities, enriches the lives of young people in some meaningful way

  • Invigorated Youth Award - This recognizes an individual, organization, or program who through volunteer or part-time work champions the causes of youth.

  • Best Neighbor Award - Recognizes a resident who exemplifies the meaning of a good neighbor.

  • Home Town - This recognizes a group or individual who has done something special to promote the feeling of community or to further unify the diverse groups within the community and who exemplifies the village’s motto, “Where Friendliness is a Way of Life.”

  • Living Legend - This recognizes someone who has achieved near legendary status through his/her standing in the community.

  • Open Arms - This recognizes an individual or organization that has readily opened its arms and its heart to the needy, lonely or less fortunate.

  • Stand and Deliver - An individual in a higher position who leads by example as a positive influence to his or her staff members and as part of his or her job or its professional responsibilities, enriches the lives of young people in Mount Prospect in some meaningful way.

  • Rising Star - A junior high or high school student who goes beyond what is expected of them.

  • Unsung Hero - This award recognizes a person in the community with a rather thankless, but necessary, job that is good at what he/she does and the community couldn’t get along without.

  • There Ought to Be More People Like This - An individual or couple that is virtually indispensable in the life of a group or organization.

  • The Star Spangled Banner - Demonstrates pride in America through service, attitude and commitment. This resident may never have served in the armed forces but has assisted this country, or a veteran, in some meaningful way.

Visit for a nomination form, detailed list of categories and previous winners.

Nominations must be in writing and received no later than midnight, November 27, 2017

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