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  2012 CNN Hero and Palm Beach County resident Connie Siskowski hosts Annual Blue Dove Awards for local heroes Bookmark and Share

Last year’s Blue Dove Award winners dared to make a difference in the community. One built athletic programs for inner city children; another witnessed hundreds of unwanted wheelchairs and beds and took it upon himself to deliver them to poor, disabled residents. Each year, Hospice of Palm Beach County partners with Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach County and Black Chamber of Palm Beach County to recognize local heroes. The 6th Annual Blue Dove Awards will be hosted by a CNN Hero of 2012, Dr. Connie Siskowski.

Dr. Siskowski PhD, RN is the founder of the American Association of Caregiving Youth, a nonprofit that serves the hidden population of child caregivers. The organization has provided assistance to more than 550 child caregivers in Palm Beach County. She was also a 2012 Blue Dove Award nominee.

"The nomination process is open for this year’s Blue Dove Awards. We are so excited for the opportunity to honor those who impact our community again this year," said Dayana Rooks, Business Development Event Coordinator at Hospice of Palm Beach County. “Dr. Siskowski is a perfect example of the kind of work people are capable of and we want to highlight those who truly touch other’s lives as she’s done."

The 6th annual Blue Dove Award is scheduled for July 10. Submissions are due by June 12 and nomination forms can be found at www.hpbc.com/pdfs/blue-dove-award-nomination-form.pdf.

Last year's winners include: Black Chamber winner Ricky Wade, who was honored for his dedication to community service and initiating athletic programs for inner city children. Wade owns 11 McDonald’s restaurants and is an active community advocate, serving on the boards of Ronald McDonald’s House Charities of South Florida, Palm Beach State College, United Way of Palm Beach County and the Urban League of Palm Beach County; and, Owen O’Neill, the Hispanic Chamber winner, who founded a non-profit that currently provides durable medical equipment at no cost to 275,000 patients who cannot afford it.

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