Richardson, Texas, May 11, 2010 – The Richardson Coalition honored Courtney Scott and George Jones as 2010 recipients of the first annual Real Heroes award in a ceremony at Richardson City Hall. Over a hundred people were present as inspiring stories of ten finalists were presented to the audience. Each finalist was presented a crystal Real Heroes memento. This award was designed by the Coalition to recognize volunteers whose efforts are extraordinary yet unrecognized. “There are so many people who volunteer their time and talents to the benefit of our Richardson community. We feel it is important to highlight this wonderful aspect of our city and to publicly recognize these outstanding people,” says Ken Bell, President of the Richardson Coalition.
At age seventeen, Real Hero award recipient Courtney Scott already volunteers in more charitable organizations than many people do in a lifetime. This young lady is one active volunteer. When Courtney was fourteen her mother founded a local chapter of the National Charity League “NCL” (nationalcharityleague.org), a mother daughter organization dedicated to community service. Through NCL Courtney has become involved with the Richardson Animal Shelter, CITY House, Meals on Wheels and the Cottonwood Arts Festival. A junior at John Paul II High School, Courtney has been an active volunteer at the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center (CCCAC) for three years. She ultimately was a founding member and serves as president of Youth Against Child Abuse, “YACA”, an organization for kids through age eighteen that supports the CCCAC. YACA raises money, promotes awareness, and collects school supplies and backpacks for the children at the center. She has been successful at recruiting over 50 members into YACA. This young Richardson resident is full of ideas and carries a passion for helping those too small or fragile to help themselves.0in’>When one of Courtney’s high school friends was diagnosed with cancer last year she organized a blood drive that was so successful they set a record for one day donations at the Carter Blood Bank. In addition to countless hours of volunteer work in support of several organizations Courtney also finds time to participate on the high school teams for soccer, track, tennis and cross country. The future of Richardson is in good hands with amazing people like Courtney Scott in our midst.
George Jones has been the Director of the Richardson Community Band, an all volunteer organization, for twenty-six years. As Director, George wears many hats. He plans all concerts and designs event programs for the printer. He selects the music, and when there is not an orchestral arrangement available, he does the arranging too. George established the “Summer Series” which runs every other Sunday night during the summer on the lawn of the Richardson civic center. Their goal is to provide free family entertainment. Summer concert attendance averages over 700. The Richardson Community band also performed the first concert at the Eisemann Center, and under George’s direction has established an annual four concert series at the Eisemann. The community band also plays two concerts a year at the Richardson Senior Citizen Center, a Christmas concert, and a May concert. The Richardson Community Band now as between fifty and sixty members and under George’s direction is not only thriving, but also providing a considerable improvement to the quality of life to a large cross section in our fine city.0in’>
About Richardson Real Heroes in 2010
Known as The Richardson Coalition,
Richardson Residents for Responsive Government is a General Purpose Action
Committee, Stan Bradshaw, Treasurer. The Richardson Coalition is dedicated to
support of local city government and promotion of the many positive
characteristics of the City of Richardson, Texas.To be eligible for the Real Heroes award an individual must either live in Richardson or conduct their volunteer services in Richardson. They must be unpaid and have not received significant prior public recognition for their service. City staff and elected officials are not eligible. Nominations were accepted from the community through the Richardson Coalition website. From the many nominees submitted the Real Heroes committee selected ten finalists whose profiles were listed on the Coalition website for a number of weeks. Citizens were encouraged to review finalist profiles and submit their vote for the most deserving finalist. The selection committee weighed public voting, personal interviews with each candidate, and the nature of the volunteer activities to ultimately select the 2010 award recipients.