For Immediate Release: 6/24/2016
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Yankee Institute seeks nominations for Connecticut’s Unsung Hero Award
Liberty-loving recipient to receive $1,000 cash gift

June 24 – If you know someone who has made a contribution to the preservation of freedom in Connecticut, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy invites you to nominate that person for its 2016 Unsung Hero Award.

An Unsung Hero is an everyday Connecticut resident. For example, she could be your next-door neighbor, your dog walker, the receptionist at your doctor’s office,or the guy who changes your tires, or a server at your favorite lunch spot. Maybe he pushed back against an unfair ordinance; perhaps she spearheaded resistance to an unnecessary and intrusive regulation. Or it could be that he or she was willing even to go to court to defend their rights. What makes them “unsung heroes” is their willingness to step beyond their comfort zones in order to make a difference. Their work has promoted less government intervention in our lives and advocated for a Connecticut where everyone is free to succeed.

“The unsung heroes among us are the shining stars on the stage of liberty,” said Carol Platt Liebau, Yankee Institute’s president. “They are tireless in their efforts to make a positive contribution to the lives of their fellow Connecticut residents. Their work can be tedious, and it’s too often thankless. We are so pleased to be able to honor at least one of Connecticut’s many unsung heroes.”   

If you know of a liberty-minded person whose work embodies the spirit of justice for all, visit for details on qualifying criteria or to nominate your unsung hero online. The deadline is midnight August 31.

The recipient of Connecticut’s Unsung Hero award will receive a $1,000 cash prize. He or she will also be recognized at Yankee’s Gala celebrating Connecticut’s Champions of Freedom, Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.

The Unsung Hero Award is made possible through the generosity of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation.

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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