The nomination deadline for the 2016 Sunbeam Family Services Aspire Award has been extended to November 20 at 5 p.m.
To be selected for this prestigious award, the recipient must contribute remarkable community or humanitarian service that has made a difference to the well-being of children, families or seniors; have a positive impact on the community and model a life that others “aspire” to; and currently or previously support the work of Sunbeam Family Services through time or financial contributions OR life’s work mirrors the mission of Sunbeam Family Services. The nominee cannot be a current Sunbeam Family Services board member.
“Every day, individuals in our community are making a significant difference in the lives of children, families and seniors, whether through their personal or professional pursuits,” said Erin Engelke, chief external relations officer, Sunbeam Family Services. “We all have people in our lives we aspire to model and this award allows us as an organization to do just that – shine a light on those change-makers.”
Nominations can be made online at under the “Aspire Award Nominations” tab. Or visit to submit your nomination.
The Aspire Award will be presented at the 2016 Shine a Light fundraising gala April 7 at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center.
The winner of the award will be selected by a committee based on their level of service to the community, alignment with the mission of Sunbeam Family Services, and their impact on children, families or senior citizens.
Last year, former Sunbeam Family Services CEO Ray Bitsche was recognized as the first recipient of the Aspire Award for his more than 15 years of hard work and dedication to the organization. Bitsche retired as CEO of Sunbeam Family Services in November 2014.