NOMINATIONS for the annual Honour Awards are open and members of the public are encouraged to nominate NSW LGBTI community members they admire or who they think are heroes worth recognising.

Now in its ninth year, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event to be held at Sydney’s Ivy Ballroom for LGBTI community initiatives primarily supported by leading community charity the Aurora Group, and by ACON, NSW’s leading HIV and LGBTI health organisation.

[showads ad=MREC]This year, nominations can be submitted in eight categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors.

Winners receive a range of gifts, and all 28 finalists — four from each category — receive a free ticket to the gala event.

Aurora chair Alison King said the Honour Awards provided a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to people and organisations making a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW.

“We’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the LGBTI community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the LGBTI community,” she said.

ACON president Mark Orr echoed the sentiments.

“Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small,” he said.

“As a community, it’s important that we celebrate our unsung heroes as well as our more high profile achievers, so we’re keen to hear about people and organisations that have made a difference in the lives of only a few people as well those whose contributions are more wide-ranging.

“They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of our community, or whose achievements are inspiring people in our community.”

This year’s awards will be presented on September 30 in a night of celebration. Guests will also be able to bid on $100,000 worth of silent auction items including luxury holidays, jewellery, art, furniture, home wares, and five-star dining, accommodation and entertainment packages.

Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour Awards website (www.honourawards.com.au).

2015 HONOUR AWARDS

WHERE:  Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney
WHEN: 
Wednesday, September 30, 6.30pm–11pm
COST: 
$85 per person (including wines and beers, canapés and entertainment)
INFO/TIX:  www.honourawards.com.au

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