In Madison County you don't have to look to Marvel or DC to find a hero.
There are local people everyday who work tirelessly for the good of the community -- most of the time without the fanfare afforded to their fictional counterparts.
The Richmond Register hopes to change that.
The newspaper will be hosting the first-ever Unsung Heroes Awards event on August 5 at the EKU Perkins Building.
Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and show their support for locals who have made a significant positive impact.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and feature a breakfast buffet and award ceremony in which the paper will honor the finalists and winners of the first-ever Unsung Heroes Awards.
"I am pleased the Richmond Register has chosen as its first-ever event, one recognizing and honoring those people who always seem to be there to help others. Our finalists are just a few among the many in Madison County who stepped up in a time of crisis in 2020. However, year-in and year-out we have local unsung heroes helping others. With this in mind, I hope this will become an annual event," Richmond Register publisher Gary Tyler said.
After seeking nominations from the public and Madison County institutions, the Register's Unsung Hero selection committee narrowed down the nominees to 14 finalists in six categories.
The 2021 finalists are:
Deputy Adam Quiles
Christy Begley and Emilee Hood
Michelle Hammonds and Matt Woods
Each finalist was nominated for service to their community the past previous year, and will be honored at the awards ceremony next month.
Winners of the Unsung Heroes Awards for each category will be announced at the event, as well as the Unsung Hero of the Year.
"Every nominee and finalist deserves a big thank you from all of us in Madison County," Tyler said.
The event is sponsored by the Richmond Register, Arcadian Cove, Baptist Health Richmond, EKU Catering and Newby Country Store.
Tickets are $40 per person and tables of eight can be purchased for $300. Guests of finalists will receive a discounted ticket for $20. For more information about pricing, contact Gary Tyler at 859-624-6682. To purchase tickets visit brownpapertickets.com/event/5174458.