The City of Wilmington is soliciting nominations for two separate and distinct awards—the 16th Annual Wilmington Awards and the Access Wilmington Awards.
The Access Wilmington Awards recognize individuals in Wilmington who help to open doors and create opportunities for people living with disabilities and their families. The program recognizes individuals in the categories of accessibility to the arts, accessibility to resources, community involvement, and employment/business ownership by and for the disabled.
The Wilmington Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments of Wilmington citizens who excel in the fields of the arts, athletics, business, education, environment, and health or science. It also recognizes individuals for their community service, heroism, contributions to the faith community, and dedication to the cause of human and civil rights. Senior citizens will also be recognized for their life-long accomplishments. Also, as part of the Wilmington Awards, the Thomas L. Cottingham Good Samaritan Award will be presented to an individual who has performed superior acts of bravery and kindness.
You can access the nomination form at this link https://www.wilmingtonde.gov/residents/the-wilmington-awards to inform the City about worthy candidates for either award, or the nomination forms can be completed online at http://bit.ly/AccessWilmNomForm. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The joint awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, in the Louis L. Redding City/County Building on French Street in Wilmington.
Wilmington Awards eligibility is based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Leadership in community-building
- Advocacy for educational excellence
- Selfless act of courage and superior act of bravery
- Furthering economic opportunity
- Promotion of social justice
- Advancing cultural awareness
- Involvement with music and the arts to promote greater understanding and acceptance
- Previous award recipients between 2010-2017 are ineligible