For the first time, an educator of the year will be honored at the annual Northland Community Council awards banquet.
That will be an addition to the traditional police officer and firefighter of the year recipients, NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy announced at the council's May 6 meeting.
This year's banquet will take place on Thursday, May 29, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. A social hour with cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinner starts at 6:45 p.m.
The cost is $25 per person.
Cabot Rea, co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WCMH-TV, will be this year's master of ceremonies.
"This is a great opportunity to honor those who have supported the community," Remy said. "It's a top-notch event."
Invitations to attend, with a May 23 deadline for sending an RSVP, will be posted on the Northland Community Council's website, columbusncc.org, he said.
Remy urged civic association and community organization representatives on hand at the meeting to not only attend the banquet but encourage others to do so as well, noting that a number of elected officials and politicians will be present and a show of force can only help boost the community council's clout.
"Your attendance really makes a difference," Remy said. "It's pretty disappointing when you have a lot of effort go into an event and no one shows up."
He pointed out that his own Clinton Estates Civic Association dips into its treasury to pay for as many as a dozen residents to be at the awards gathering.
Last year's banquet had 140 attendees, and Remy said he hopes to at least match that figure this year.
In addition to the new educator of the year and the longstanding firefighter and police officer awards, the annual banquet honors community volunteers nominated by member associations.
Remy noted at last week's meeting that a significant number of NCC member groups had not submitted any names to receive local and state proclamations in recognition of their service.
As it has done in more recent years, the banquet also will honor a civic association of the year, Block Watch of the year and newsletter of the year.
The forms for nominating recipients of these awards are "being streamlined" from the somewhat cumbersome ones of the past, NCC Secretary Brandon L. Boos said at the meeting.
The new, simpler nominating forms will be sent out to civic group presidents and designated community council representatives, Boos said.