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By ZACHARY HALASCHAK
Daily News Staff Writer
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to volunteer in the community?
Alaska first lady Donna Walker announced Tuesday that nominations are now open for the 2018 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The awards have a long and special history in the 49th State.
The tradition began more than 40 years ago with first lady Bella Hammond, the wife of then Gov. Jay Hammond. Since 1975, volunteers across the state have been honored for their service to the community.
“We have recognized some incredible individuals over the years, and it is my honor to continue this storied tradition,” Walker said. “Alaskans give so much of themselves for their communities, and they deserve recognition.”
Although netting no winners last year, in 2016 Ketchikan had quite the showing — three out of the thirteen honorees were from the First City, more than any other community represented. The three winners that year were Linda Gilson, Amelia McAlpin and Tessa Salazar.
Nominations for the honor will be accepted through March 5. Following the submissions, an executive committee will review the nominations and announce the winners in late May.
“I look forward to once again hearing about the amazing things happening across our state thanks to the great work of volunteers,” Walker noted.
To nominate someone you know, visit: www.volunteerawards.alaska.gov.