Vote today for the 2010 PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us campaign

KCPeopleAllStars2.JPGWe’ve entered the final week of voting for the 2010 “PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us” campaign. This is your chance to send a local community “All-Star” to this year’s game in Anaheim!

     The three Royals finalists include JoAnne Fluke of Ottawa, Kan., Marcia Merrick of Mission, Kan., and Kate Quigley of Kansas City, Mo.  The 90 finalists (three per MLB Club) have been selected from thousands of online submissions by fans across the U.S. and Canada who nominated their local “All-Stars.”  Fans are encouraged to log on to now through June 20 to vote for their favorite community “All-Stars” who go above and beyond to serve their communities. 

A total of 30 “All-Stars,” one representing each MLB Club, will attend and be honored at 2010 All-Star Week in Anaheim, Calif., including during the pre-game ceremony of the All-Star Game on July 13 on FOX beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET).  One of the “All-Star Among Us” winners will be featured in PEOPLE during the week of the All-Star Game, the premier sporting event of the summer.

     JoAnne Fluke: Fluke co-founded Groovability, Inc., which provides a venue for disabled individuals in the Greater Kansas City area to dance with non-disabled partners.  Her program, which improves range of motion, flexibility and physical strength, also joins the disabled and non-disabled communities.  Fluke hopes to take wheelchair ballroom dance to the 2012 Para-Olympics.

     Marcia Merrick: Despite having no income of her own, Merrick spends 60 hours each week feeding the hungry and homeless on the streets of Kansas City.  Each morning she rises before dawn to prepare more than 400 sack lunches, each with a sandwich, chips, cookies, water, and a note of encouragement.  She spends the rest of the day distributing the sack lunches to those in need.

     Kate Quigley: Quigley established Chain of Hope, a grassroots organization that provides essential items to neglected and abused cats and dogs in the urban center of Kansas City.  Chain of Hope also educates pet owners, provides referrals for spaying or neutering, and in some cases, helps place an animal in a rescue group or permanent home.


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