The deadline is rapidly approaching to bring some recognition to individuals and organizations that make life better in the Northland area.
"Each year, the Northland Community Council works with its members to identify individuals from throughout Northland who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their neighbors and neighborhoods through dedication, sacrifice and outstanding community service," the council's new website, columbusncc.org, states.
"These local heroes and their contributions to the community are recognized at the Northland Community Awards Banquet by the NCC and representatives from the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio. In recent years, awards have also been presented to outstanding Northland civic organizations."
Each NCC member organization is permitted to select three individuals, couples or groups of people for recognition at the annual event, banquet committee chairman Bob Gale said last week.
"We're waiting for those to come back in," he said.
The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28.
This year's event will take place Thursday, April 11, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road.
"We're working on the invitations, and those should be out in a week or two," Gale said.
The deadline for RSVPs is Saturday, March 30.
The gathering had initially been scheduled for March 14, but was pushed back to allow more planning time when Gale came on board to help out.
"I'm glad to do it," he said. "We didn't want to rush things and have everybody pulling their hair out. This has helped just to give us a little more time to deal with things."
Gale, the Minerva Park representative at the NCC's monthly meetings, has been on the banquet committee for the past two years and is a former president of his neighborhood's civic association, and thus has been involved in choosing past nominees.
"I know how important that is," he said.
Former WBNS 10TV news anchor Dave Kaylor will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening April 11.
At the NCC's January session, NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy issued a plea for more people to step up and help organize the banquet, calling it an event that is "special and sacred that we need to keep going."
"We've gotten now nine or 11 people, some of whom have not helped before on anything, and that's been a real good feeling," Gale said. "I think this is going to work out really well."
The nomination forms should be sent to Ric Coleman, 920 Marland Drive S., Columbus, Ohio 43224 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.