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We’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 www.PeopleAllStars.com 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.
Out of the three “All-Star” finalists representing the Royals, John Lair, who hails from Pittsburg, Kan., has been chosen by fans across the nation for his community service through Special Olympics. Lair will be honored during the pre-game ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14 on FOX.
Lair, program director for New Hope Services and a long-time Special Olympics coach, started a Special Olympics team in his hometown in 2001 that has grown to be the best in the state. He volunteers over 600 hours a year with Special Olympics and has coached three World Champion Special Olympians. A past recipient of the Kansas Volunteer of the Year award, Lair was selected by the Royals as a Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree in 2007.
One winning “All-Star Among Us” will be featured in People the week of the All-Star Game. For the last 35 years, People has told stories of everyday ‘heroes’ whose acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are changing the lives of others. The “People All-Stars Among Us” campaign extends the People “Heroes Among Us” franchise. For more information on the program, visit www.peopleallstars.com.
Major League Baseball and People Magazine are looking for individuals who have gone above and beyond to serve their community. Do you know someone who makes the cut? It could be your neighbor, a teacher, even yourself! Your job is to nominate someone in 50 words or less. A total of 30 All-Stars (one representing each Major League club) will be honored at the All-Star Game in St. Louis, and one will be featured in People Magazine!
Entries are due May 22 and finalists will be chosen from June 8-24. Royals fans, here’s your call to action, let’s send our best representative to St. Louis!
Nomination form: https://www.peoplecmg.com/peopleallstars/
Royals Community Page: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/index.jsp