DETROIT – Online voting is now open for “Everyday Heroes,” a program aimed at recognizing modern-day heroes who make a difference in the community and touch the lives of others.

The competition is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Inc. and The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan.

The program seeks out the teachers, mentors, volunteers, clergy or family members who give of their time and resources in creative ways to effect change – either in the life of an individual, family, school or community.

Votes are welcomed online at now through Friday, Feb. 17. Finalists are individuals whose extra efforts have made a difference in a life or a local community. Finalists and their nominees will be invited to the Detroit Everyday Heroes Reception in mid March, of 2012. One winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Business/Technology, Education, Students, Healthcare and Community Services. Each winner will be awarded $500 and a Droid Xyboard by Motorola tablet.

“Everyday Heroes is a great opportunity to express your gratitude to someone who has empowered you or inspired you through their community service,” said John Granby, president of the Michigan-Indiana-Kentucky region of Verizon Wireless. “We recognize the power of one person to create change and improve their surrounding environment.”

Added Anton Chastang, president of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Inc. “There are so many deserving individuals in the Metro Detroit area that do the work and make a difference.  This is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge a few extraordinary servants at such an important time in our community.”

And Charles Anderson, president and CEO of the Detroit Urban League, said: “Without the personal sacrifices of our Everyday Heroes, much of the work that makes our neighborhoods great would go undone. We are honored to be involved in this initiative.”

To learn more, visit for full contest rules and to submit a nomination.

To learn more about the event’s partners, visit and


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