Date: January 25th, 2017

Nominations Sought for 2017 Crawford County Leadership Awards

Nominations are currently being sought for the 7th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards.  Sponsored by the Crawford County Community Fund, the program recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have helped make Crawford County a better place to live, work and play.  Anyone may make a nomination; self-nominations are welcome.  The awards will be presented at an evening hors d’oeuvres reception scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Crossing Rivers Health, 37868 US-18, Prairie du Chien.

In commenting on this annual program, CCCF Leadership Awards committee chair Camille Smith noted, “There are so many people in our communities who are doing great things.  While these folks may see these things as just ‘part of their duties as citizens’ we know that their actions benefit so many of us.  The Crawford County Community Fund advisory board is proud to organize this annual program, which highlights individuals, businesses and organizations that are bringing positive change, growth, and excitement to this region.”

Nominees are being sought in the following categories:

  • Community Leadership and Service.  Nominees for this award may be an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area through public service that enhances the economic, cultural or social well-being of their community.
  • Tourism Award.  This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the enhancement of Crawford County through tourism development and promotion.
  • Outstanding Youth Leadership.  This award is designed to recognize a young person, age 13 to 22, living in Crawford County who has demonstrated outstanding leadership with the potential for positive environmental, economic and/or social impact.
  • Above and Beyond Award.  As is suggested in the category name, this award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated “out of the box” thinking that promotes regionalism, cooperation among communities or organizations, creative strategies or innovative approaches to long-term problems, or diversity awareness.
  • Business Development Award.  Awardee may be an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a spirit of community involvement focused on the improvement of business and economic development in Crawford County.
  • Educational Leadership Award.  Awardee may be an individual (teacher and/or administrator), business, or organization who has designed a specific project and/or educational initiative that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area in support of furthering excellence in education or fostering strong school/community relationships.

There are a variety of ways to submit nominations.  An online form can be completed and submitted (https://www.cfsw.org/2017-crawford-county-community-fund-leadership-awards/).  Additionally, nomination forms are available at the public libraries in the county, from Crawford County Community Fund advisory board members or by emailing barb@cfsw.org.  These may be mailed to CCCF Leadership Awards, PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or scanned and emailed to camillemsmith@icloud.com.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  Photos and information about past recipients is available at https://www.cfsw.org/cccf-leadership-awards/.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  For questions and/or further information about the Fund and the Leadership Awards program, contact Camille Smith (camillemsmith@icloud.com) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (barb@cfsw.org or 608-778-3344).  You can also learn more online by simply googling Crawford County Community Fund.