Has Someone Touched Your Heart?

The Heart of Gold Award honors LaGrange County citizens who embrace a volunteer spirit and unselfishly give of themselves to serve others. These individuals have been nominated by their peers in recognition of their service.

Nominees share their time and energy for the sake of others, render a service that changes lives, work to create positive change and inspire others to volunteer.

What Do Heart of Gold Award Recipients Receive?

Each Heart of Gold nominee receives the opportunity to direct a $500 grant to the charity of their choice (from an approved list provided by the LaGrange County Community Foundation). The Heart of Gold Award recipient will have the opportunity to direct a $1,000 grant to their charity of choice. 

Nominees and their nominators are invited to the Foundation’s Annual Celebration in June where all nominees will be publicly honored.

Nomination Guidelines

Any person, regardless of age, who enhances the quality of life of others is eligible for nomination.

  • Nominations will not be accepted for groups. Only individuals can be nominated. 

  • Nominations will not be accepted for family members or past award recipients. 

  • While many people do great things on the job, the Heart of Gold Award is for volunteer service, not exemplary work as a course of their employment. 

All nominees will be announced on the Community Foundation website, and excerpts of their nomination will be shared with the public. Nominators and nominees may be contacted for a video interview prior to the event.

The nominations are CLOSED for 2024.


2023 Heart of Gold Recipient

Heart of Gold Award

Past​ Recipients

Kent Andrews, 2024

Amy Whited, 2023

Allisa Brown, 2022

Dean Domer and Shanan Staton, 2021

Erica Cook, 2020

Richard Yoder, 2019

Larry Strayer, 2018

Kevin Lambright, 2017

Steve Sherck, 2016

Sue Keenan, 2015

Jack Miller, 2014

Randy Packer, 2013

Colton Strawser, 2012

Rhonda Bartlett, 2011

Dave Clark, 2010