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Nominations sought for Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award

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— Nominations are being accepted for the second annual Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program sponsored by Direct Energy and The Daily Gazette.

The program recognizes the efforts of an individual or group to make their community a better place to live.

A $5,000 cash grant will be given to a local 501-C3-accredited organization of the winner’s choice.

The award is open to all residents of communities in The Gazette’s coverage area. Individuals can nominate themselves or another person or group.

Nominations should be no longer than 750 words and must detail the specific contributions the individual or group has made to improve their community through volunteer service.

The nomination must also profile the nonprofit organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this wonderful award program to New York’s Capital Region again,” Chris Charbonneau, commercial director for Direct Energy, said in a news release. “We received so many great nominations last year, so we look forward to receiving more and above all, honoring our second winner.”

Last year, the award went to Chris Lehman, founder of the Albany Therapeutic Riding Center, a facility that provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for those with mental and physical disabilities.

Complete rules, the official nomination form and more information are available at

Nominations for the 2014 award can be submitted online or mailed to Direct Energy, Attn: Julie Hendry, 1001 Liberty Ave., Suite 1200, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15222. The deadline for emailed nominations is May 18. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by May 17 and must arrive by May 21.

A selection committee from Direct Energy and The Gazette will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced in June.

First introduced in Alberta, Canada, in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award now has programs in 11 U.S. cities.



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