For Immediate Release: 7/14/2017
Contact: Zachary Janowski
Mobile: (860) 384-5777

Yankee Institute Seeks Connecticut’s 2017 Unsung Hero
Winner to receive  $1,000 award funded by
the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation

July 14 – The Yankee Institute wants to award $1,000 to an unsuspecting Connecticut resident who has fought for freedom, held government accountable or advocated for America’s founding principles in the last year.

Politics and policy can sometimes look like show business with all the focus on the people on the stage. What about those who make things happen working behind the scenes?

If you know someone who has made a change far more significant than the credit he or she received, that person could be Connecticut’s next Unsung Hero. Nominate an unsung hero today at

“Every day, there are heroes fighting in Connecticut to make our state freer and fairer. With the generous partnership of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, we are honored to recognize one of them each year,” said Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau. “Through the hard work and dedication of state residents standing up and speaking out, Connecticut will become a place where more people are free to succeed.”

Last year, the Yankee Institute awarded Connecticut’s Unsung Hero Award and $1,000 to a Newington woman who defeated a plan to expand eminent domain power in our state.

Yankee Institute received dozens of nominations in 2016, but ultimately the judges selected Sarah Jorgensen for the top honor. Sarah was a prominent voice in the fight against Gov. Dannel Malloy’s plan to create the Transit Corridor Development Agency, which would have had unprecedented powers of eminent domain with the ability to borrow money and seize property near bus and railroad stations.

This is the second year Yankee Institute will be recognizing an Unsung Hero. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 provided by the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. The winner will receive the award at the Yankee Institute Champions of Freedom Gala at the Palace Theatre in Stamford on Nov. 30.

“It can be easy to do the right thing when when everyone is looking,” said Joe Horvath, Yankee Institute director of legislative outreach. “It’s often more difficult to do the hard work when it seems that no one is watching. That’s why the Unsung Hero Award is so important.”

Nominations will be accepted until Aug 31.

The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed.

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