CRYSTAL LAKE – The 36 McHenry County community members who were selected as Everyday Heroes were honored at a breakfast Thursday at the Crystal Lake Country Club, where they received awards for their volunteerism.
A panel of judges selected the heroes based on nominations from Northwest Herald readers. The heroes are volunteers who go above and beyond to make their communities better.
“What you do and have done for our communities makes them better places to live,” said Shaw Media senior editor Dan McCaleb. “I am in awe of how much each and everyone of you give back to your communities.”
The group of 2013 heroes included nonprofit leaders, organ donors, community organizers and those who volunteered their time and energy to assist veterans, the disabled, the poor and homeless.
Those honored included Bradley Jones, a 17-year-old from Crystal Lake, who spent December performing random acts of kindness for people, and Terrie Mayer of Island Lake, who does some pro bono hairsytling for unemployed people so they can go on job interviews, among other things.
Thursday’s breakfast, which the Northwest Herald hopes to make an annual event, included keynote speaker Bob Blazier, a retired Crystal Lake District 47 superintendent.
“Everybody in this room can be an everyday hero,” Blazier said. “It doesn’t take any special training or a certificate ... It’s just a decision to help someone or [an] organization by volunteering.”