ACON has called for community members to nominate people and organisations that deserve honouring at its fourth annual Honour Awards night.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the format for the 2010 awards had been expanded to create a better celebration of community spirit and service.
“In previous years, Honour Award recipients were selected by the ACON board,” Parkhill said.
“This year we’ve made Honour a true community event by inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the GLBT community, or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the GLBT community.
“We’ve also teamed up with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, Sydney Star Observer, Foxtel and Merivale to help us increase the profile of the Honour Awards and make the event a more inclusive celebration of achievement within our community.”
Nominations can be submitted in five categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors.
The awards will be presented at a gala event at The Ivy on September 30, with finalists joining media, entertainment and community personalities for a night of fun and festivity.
Parkhill said ticket sales and a silent auction would help fund vital work by ACON.
“While ACON gets a significant amount of funding from NSW Health, that money can only be spent on work we do in relation to HIV/AIDS.
“Our broader work in relation to GLBT health and wellbeing — such as alcohol and other drugs, lesbian health, anti-violence, mental health, ageing, community care and advocacy — is financed by one-off grants, fundraising activities and donations.
“To keep this important work going, we rely on the generosity of people and organisations in our community. By coming to the Honour Awards, community members, their friends and associates can celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community and … raise money to help ACON build our community’s health and wellbeing.”
info: Visit www.honourawards.com.au