Do you know an Everyday Hero that deserves to be recognized by the community?
WGHN has partnered with The City Farmer and Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb to recognize outstanding citizens in our community with our "Everyday Hero" contest. It's simple, just email firstname.lastname@example.org, in fifty words or less, about someone you know who does good deeds and deserves recognition. It could be someone who helps a neighbor, volunteers for a non-profit or does anything beneficial for the community.
The third week of each month, we will judge all of the entries and the fourth week, we will announce a winner on 92.1 WGHN and the 92.1 WGHN social media pages. Each winner will receive a gold shovel and a gift certificate to The City Farmer. All submissions that are not selected as a winner will carry over to the next month's contest.
*Please be sure to include your name, the nominee's name and both of your contact information within your email entry!
We are proud to announce that our Everyday Hero of July is Heath Bedford. According to Aimee Cohoon, “after the unexpected loss of a colleague (Ron), Heath went out of his way to help the colleague’s wife in any way that he could. He did this quietly and on his own time, occasionally enlisting the help of his family and friends. When asked why he felt compelled to help, Heath simply replied, ‘I would hope that someone would do the same for my wife’. This summer, Heath is organizing a backyard landscaping project, something Ron had been working on for years and hadn’t finished before he passed.” Heath is without a doubt an Everyday Hero!
We are proud to announce that our Everyday Hero of August is Jennifer VanVoorst! According to Cim Slootmaker, “On June 27, 2017 my son lost his best friend. In between coming to terms with his death and planning a funeral, his mother went out of her way to show my son and his friends that she cared. She included them in everything and made sure they bonded together to get through this difficult time. Over a year later and she is still in their lives, helping when they need it and grieving with them as well. I believe Jennifer VanVoorst should receive recognition for being a hero to these boys even with everything she has through.” You are without a doubt an Everyday Hero Jennifer!
We are proud to announce that our Everyday Hero of September is Ron Gundy! According to Sue Leary, "Ron volunteers as a crossing guard every morning and afternoon at Peach Plains, regardless of the weather. He safely crosses hundreds of kids across busy Comstock Street daily! He also reads to every classroom at Peach Plains weekly and many classes at White Pines, sharing his love of books and inspiring even the most hesitant reader." Ron also volunteers at the GH Salvation Army’s summer lunch program and at Cheapstacks Used Bookstore in Loutit Library. Thank you for being a great role model in our community day after day!
We are proud to announce that our Everyday Hero of October is Cindy VanOeveren. In the words of Jessica Moore, "Since the passing of her husband in 2016, and nearly losing her own life from a heart attack the same year, Cindy has not stopped helping others. She has given 100% of herself and I know anyone she has encountered would whole heartedly agree. She truly deserves this award, I believe. Cindy has been a child advocate at Positive Options for 11 years (helping with drives, events, counseling, etc.) & has helped impact the community by charitable donations through her church Lakeshore Baptist. Also, is driving for meals on wheels & volunteers for Hospice (giving her time to 90+ year olds reading/ listening). She volunteers every Sun/ Wed in nursery, is a camp leader & volunteers at International Aid." Thank you for all that you do Cindy!
We would like to congratulate Dale and Kathy DeYoung for being our Everyday Heroes of November! According to Julia Houle, "Dale and Kathy give countless hours to Love Inc. and the Women's Homeless Shelter. They travel to local farms (collecting, picking, loading, and transporting) produce and distributing for Love Inc. food trucks at St. Patrick's. As avid fishermen/women, they provide a home-cooked fish fry for the women's shelter." Thank you for all that you do Dale and Kathy!