Know someone who would be a good candidate for Tacoma’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award? Well, you have until Nov. 18 to nominate a person or group for two awards.

The City Events and Recognitions Committee (CERC) is seeking nominations for its Lifetime Service — individual or group — and its Emerging Leader award. Previous winners include Vanna Sing, founder of the Tacoma Healing Awareness Community, who was honored at the beginning of this year with the Emerging Leaders Community Service Award; and Dr. Dolores Silas, the first African-American woman to serve on the Tacoma City Council and as a Tacoma Public Schools administrator, who received the Lifetime Service Award.

“These awards recognize and encourage excellence in community service activities,” said CERC chair Ashley Jones. “The committee is looking for nominations of people who embrace and share the legacy of Dr. King’s teachings and actions.”

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 and can be filled out online, sent via email at, faxed at 253-593-7620, or mailed to CERC at 2727 E. D St. Tacoma, WA 98421.

The award winners will be celebrated at the city’s 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 20. More information can be found online.

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