365 Impact Awards

In three years of hosting the 365 Impact Awards, the event has really become quite the shindig. The overwhelming response to the first three 365 Impact Awards Shows was more than we at 365 had ever expected. In fact we still hear from our winners that receiving the Impact Award has helped them recruit members, grow their business, motivate their teams and for almost all of them that it just felt great to know that the community appreciates their hard work. First time attendees always comment that the can’t believe they have not been to the event before and can’t wait to do it again next year. Well friends, next year is here.

The 365 Impact Award is more about trying than winning. Heck, Dubuque365 is more about trying than winning... we mean well. : ) It’s for those who choose to make an everyday effort to Impact the world around them 365 days a year. Its meant for those who believe in our community and are willing to do something to make it better for everyone. Sound like anyone, any business or any organization you know? Our mission at 365 is to help connect people to relationships, opportunity and the best possible living experience in our community.  

Who do you think is best helping us make that happen? Who made a real Impact on your life in 2011? 

Send your nomination to me at bryce@dubuque365.com.

Please include the name of Impact Award  nominee, what Award you think they best fit, as well as your reasons for nomination in 500 words or less.  Also include your name and phone number and the best time or method to contact you. Don’t just think about doing it. DO IT! We know a LOT of people. But we don’t know everyone, despite all of our efforts. We know that you know some pretty amazing people doing incredible things in Dubuque that will remain under our radar unless you come forward and shine a light on them.

Here are some suggested nomination categories. We’re not sure what categories we will have awards for this year. Maybe we’ll find we need to invent a category we’ve never had before. It all comes down to the nominees presented to us. 

Art • Econ. Development   • Education  • Community Pride • Dining • Family • Health • Historic Preservation • Inclusion • Media • Music • Nightlife • Non-Profit Excellence • Shopping • Sports/Recreation • Sustainability • Volunteerism • Youth Advocacy. And The Final Four: Overall Business • Overall Organization • Overall Individual • Overall Idea

Our crack team of 365 staff, civic leaders and community thugs will fight it out over the nominees and select this year’s winners.

The next thing to do is mark your calendar for Tuesday evening March 6th for the 2012 edition of the 365 Impact Awards show at the Mississippi Moon Bar. It’s a crazy fun night of celebrating ourselves and our community. 

There is also a good chance you will occasionaly cheer, often laugh, and even perhaps cry a bit. Great people, live music, and probably some last minute chaos just to keep everyone guessing.

Plus, a few people will get, by far, the coolest award statue on earth - the 365 Impact Award, designed by one of favorite local artists, metal sculptor, Gene Tully (above). “I used this medium for the 365 Impact Award because it takes a great amount of  power and energy to make an impression on steel just as it takes a great amount of power and energy to make an impression on society.” And a secret squirrel tells us we may have a newly re-imagined award fresh for 2012.

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