Event Date & Time

Monday, April 30, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Event Location

Kimball Ballroom, Stephens College
6 N College Ave., Columbia, MO 65201
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About 2018 HERO AWARDS

The Columbia Daily Tribune Hero Awards were created in 2002 to honor the outstanding volunteers who give their
time and talents to make life better in the mid-Missouri community.

Forty-one nominees were honored at the 16th Annual Hero Award ceremony. One award recipient in each category
was presented with a Hero Award, plus a $400 donation was made to a nonprofit organization they serve by the event sponsors.
See the Nominees and Award Recipients listed below. Thank you to the nominators and to everyone who helped
celebrate our worthy volunteers!

2017 Tribune News Story
2017 Hero Award Nominees

Special Guest

Spencer Stone

Air Force Sergeant, Purple Heart Recipient, Actor
Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone garnered international headlines in 2015 when he and his childhood friends, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, thwarted a major terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train. An unarmed Stone rushed toward the danger, subduing and disarming a man wielding an assault rifle, pistol, box cutter and enough ammunition to kill everyone on board.

Stone and his friends saved hundreds of lives that day. Despite serious injuries as a result of the encounter, Stone provided life-saving care to a man who received a gunshot wound to his throat during the attack. For his heroic and selfless actions, French President Francois Hollande presented Stone with the nation's highest decoration, The Legion of Honor. Upon his return to the United States, he was honored in a ceremony at the Pentagon and was awarded the Airman's Medal and a Purple Heart. President Barack Obama also hosted the trio at the White House.

In a stunning turn of events, just a month and a half after the Paris attack--and three days before Stone was to return to duty in the Air Force--he was brutally attacked in his hometown of Sacramento, CA, while defending a female friend. Stone was stabbed in his heart, lung and liver with injuries so serious that the crime scene was initially declared a homicide. Life-saving surgery followed, and he has since made a full recovery from the attack.

Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos released a book detailing their incredible journey, The 15:17 to Paris, which caught the eye of legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood and was made into a major motion picture under the same name.

HERO Information

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To nominate, you may download and fill out our PDF form or you may visit our online form.
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Eligability Guidelines

Individual Volunteer of the Year
Max & Sherry Wachter
Group Volunteer of the Year
Kappa Kappa Gamma, Theta Chapter
Youth Volunteer of the Year
Bryce Cordry
Outstanding Volunteer in Arts and Humanities
Kenny Greene
Outstanding Volunteer in Community Protection
Jack Wohlman
Outstanding Volunteer in Education/Literacy
Dr. Ellis Ingram
Outstanding Volunteer in Health Care
Paula Nichols