HERO Awards


The Columbia Daily Tribune Hero Awards were created to honor the outstanding volunteers who give their time and talents to make life better in the mid-Missouri community. Any volunteer who supports a local non-profit organization or cause is eligible for nomination.

The 2018 Hero Awards reception was held on Monday, April 30 at the Kimball Ballroom, Stephens College. The reception recognized all individuals and groups who are nominated, and awards were presented in four categories. This year’s winners were:

Individual Volunteer: Melanie Stock, for her work with Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center
Youth Volunteer: Quinn Cunningham, for his work with the Rock Bridge High School Recycling Coalition
Volunteer Organization: The Woodlandville United Methodist Church, for their work with Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sue Stephens, for her work with the Laclede Literacy Council

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Voluntary Action Center, Shelter Insurance, Landmark Bank, and the Columbia Daily Tribune joined together this year in presenting the Hero Awards.

Press Coverage from the 2018 Hero Awards

Press Coverage from the 2017 Hero Awards