Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their efforts to make the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run successful year after year?
Recognizing the volunteers who make the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run so successful is very important and several awards exist to honor the people who dedicate their time and effort to raising funds for Special Olympics NC athletes. Officers are encouraged to nominate each other for any of the awards listed below. Nominations are the due by Nov. 1st each year. Honorees are announced at the NC Torch Run Conference in January.
North Carolina Torch Run Awards
The Bill Dalton Unsung Hero Award was created to recognize an outstanding individual who contributes to the Torch Run and Special Olympics in spirit, dedication and enthusiasm in an effective but unheralded fashion.
The Most Improved Agency Award honors the Agency that has increased their Net Revenue the most since the previous year. This award is in recognition and appreciation of the agency’s dedication to grow their fundraising efforts. All nominees will be selected by the Special Olympics NC LETR staff after reviewing the accounting fundraising report.
The NC Torch Run Photo Contest is an opportunity for all LETR agencies to submit their Torch Run photos to show the immeasurable benefits that their agency offers to the athletes, officers and the community they serve. All photos must be from the 2017 or 2018 fundraising year. Each agency may submit a maximum total of 12 photos. Please send photos after your events throughout the year to Leslie Moyar at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- Submitting person’s name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Photographer’s Name
- Date of Photo
- Description of the photo
The winning photo will be selected by the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Council. Photos sent in prior to June 29 may also be submitted by the Special Olympics NC staff to the LETR International Conference I.A.C.P. photo contest.
The NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed the Torch Run’s statewide success for Special Olympics.
The Guardian of the Flame award is open to any individual involved in the NC Torch Run. This award is based on the nominee’s ingenuity, motivation, commitment and dedication to the Torch Run. The Torch Run Council will nominate all individuals for each category and selections will be made by the Torch Run Council Director(s) and the Special Olympics NC LETR staff. To nominate an individual, Council Members must fill out the Guardian of the Flame Nomination Form. To nominate an individual, please complete the nomination form and submit it to the NC Torch Run no later than November 1st.
The Top New Agency Award honors the agency that has raised the most funds their first year. In order to be eligible, an agency must be in it’s first active year with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics NC. All nominees will be selected by the Special Olympics NC LETR staff by reviewing the accounting fundraising report.
The Best New Fundraiser Award will honore the agency that has developed a successful new fundraising idea or a new approach to an existing idea to revitalize it. All nominees will be selected by the Special Olympics NC LETR staff.
The Chief of the Year award is presented to the Chief of Police who demonstrates a strong example, leadership, dedication and commitment to the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Chief of the Year encourages his/her department’s involvement in fundraising, local/state games, relay/Final Leg, and the mission of public awareness for the NC Torch Run in his/her community. All nominees will be selected by the Torch Run Council and the Special Olympics NC LETR staff.
The Sheriff of the Year award is presented to the Sheriff who demonstrates a strong example, leadership, dedication and commitment to the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Sheriff of the Year encourages his/her department’s involvement in fundraising, local/state games, relay/Final Leg, and the mission of public awareness for the NC Torch Run in his/her county. All nominees will be selected by the Torch Run Council and the Special Olympics NC LETR staff.
The Directors’ Award will honor a Law Enforcement Torch Run Coordinator who stands out to the Torch Run Council Director(s). The Director(s) will choose this individual based on their leadership, dedication and outstanding commitment to achieving the goals of their agency in raising funds to support Special Olympics. All nominees will be selected by the Torch Run Council Director(s).
Past Inductees into the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame
|2004||Mike Teem||Raleigh Police Department|
|2005||Bill Dalton||Fayetteville Police Department|
|2005||Roy Forrest||Guilford County Sheriff’s Office|
|2005||Wayne Sumpter||Huntersville Police Department|
|2006||Martha Forrest||Guilford County Sheriff’s Department|
|2006||William Frick||Chapel Hill Police Department|
|2007||Hank Guess||Hickory Police Department|
|2007||Tony Hamrick||High Point Police Department|
|2008||Bill Lyons||Wilkes County Community Corrections|
|2008||JD Parks||Chapel Hill Police Department|
|2009||Phillip Smith||Chapel Hill Police Department|
|2009||Karen Morrow||NC SBI|
|2009||Kendall Pike||NC ALE|
|2010||John Diggs||Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department|
|2010||Keith Jones||Guilford County Sheriff’s Office|
|2011||Tommy Newman||Raleigh Police Department|
|2012||Cindy Martin||Guilford County Sheriff’s Department|
|2012||Claudia Morgan||Winston-Salem Police Department|
|2013||Don Silardi||Landis Police Department|
Past Recipients of the Bill Dalton Unsung Hero Award
All members of the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame and recipients of the Bill Dalton Unsung Hero Award are commemorated on a plaque in the lobby of the Special Olympics North Carolina offices in Morrisville.
|2008||Mary Ann Propst||Raleigh Police Department|
|2008||Ken Beaver||Piedmont Corrections Institute|
|2009||Brian Henderson||Guilford County Sheriff’s Office|
|2009||Dennie Crowder||Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department|
|2010||Mike Overman||Greensboro Police Department|
|2010||Libby Grigg||Hickory Police Department|
|2010||Gaye Dimmette||Wilkes County Correctional Center|
|2011||Edwin Simpson||Pender Correctional Institution|
|2012||Lester Lowe||Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office|
|2013||Sean Jones||New Hanover Sheriff’s Department|
|2014||Al Negron||Winston-Salem Police Department|
|2015||Tom Adkins||Hickory Police Department|
|2017||Dennis Mecum||Division of Central Prisons|