Idaho`s Hometown Hero Medal pays tribute to individuals that comprise Idaho’s unique characteristics and achievements. Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal recognizes individuals that embody the spirit of philanthropy and have shown a remarkable commitment to creating better communities across the State of Idaho. The organization was founded in 2011 by Drs. Fahim and Naeem Rahim and is sponsored by JRM Foundation for Humanity, a not for profit organization. Drs. Rahim were the recipients of the 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. They were the first Idahoans to receive this prestigious medal.
This year, Idaho’s Hometown Hero committee wants to know: “Who’s Your Hero?” as the organization seeks nominations from around the state. The diverse roster of past medalists include CEOs, world champion athletes, brave soldiers, Idaho historians, retired teachers, and in memoriam honorees. This is truly an award that celebrates the people of Idaho from all backgrounds. The nomination process is easy. Simply visit idahohometownhero.org/nominate, fill out the nomination form and submit it. Entries will be evaluated by the selection committee upon receipt. The 2014 medalists will be announced on August 1, 2014.
In addition to awarding medals annually to Idahoans who go the extra mile to improve their communities, Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal is proud to support multiple organizations. Over the past year, the organization has provided financial and volunteer support to the Idaho Foodbank, Drive for the Cure, Charlotte Fire Fund (Spirit of Pocatello event), Bright Tomorrows, Childlife, Family Services Alliance, Idaho Meth Project, Little Sisters Fund, Fencing-in-the-Schools, and Women’s World Health Initiative. The organization also raised funds to help offset the medical costs for local gymnast Kalon Ludvigson, who was injured competing during the summer of 2013.
Idaho’s Hometown Hero invites you nominate your hero today. The committee also invites you to save the date for Saturday, September 6, 2014 to celebrate this year’s distinguished medalists. The medal ceremony is free and is open to the public and will begin promptly at 6pm. For more information about the gala dinner celebration immediately following the medal ceremony or about the 2011, 2012 and 2013 medalists, please visit idahohometownhero.org.