The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday established procedures for its annual Against All Odds Award program. Beginning Nov. 1, the Collier County Communication and Customer Relations Office will accept public nominations for the award, which honors someone who has overcome great obstacles and has given back to the Collier County community.
Nominations must include the name and address of the nominee and must be accompanied by a factual narrative (no more than 600 words) describing the nominee’s journey. Specifically, how he or she has overcome considerable obstacles to achieve success and excel. The narrative also must provide examples of how the person has given back to the community.
Nominations that meet the criteria will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners. Commissioners will select the awardee at a workshop in the spring, with a presentation at a following Board of County Commissioners meeting. The awardee will be presented with a plaque.
In June, Commissioners awarded former Immokalee football player Mackensie Alexander with the first Against All Odds Award. The son of Haitian immigrants who joined them in the fields while attending school, Alexander was honored for his perseverance and achieving his dreams to be drafted into the NFL.
Nominations may be sent to the Communication and Customer Relations Division, c/o Maria Garcia Pizarro, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Suite 102, Naples, Florida 34112 or emailed toMariaGarciaPizarro@colliergov.net. All nominations must be received by Dec. 31.
For more information, contact Maria Garcia Pizarro at (239) 252-8113.