The Columbus Dispatch and ThisWeek Community News are soliciting nominations for our Senior of the Year award.

Community members are encouraged to nominate persons over age 55 who have gone above and beyond to help others and have made a difference in the lives of others.

The 2018 Senior of the Year winner will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the the 24th annual Young at Heart event for active seniors July 19 at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road, Columbus.

ThisWeek will publish a story about the recipient.

Please submit nominations to Karen Lockhart at klockhart@dispatch.com. Include the name and contact information for the nominee and yourself, plus a description why the person should be considered for the award.

Self-nominations are permitted but must include the name of at least one person of reference. Nominees must reside in central Ohio.

The deadline for nominations is June 8.