Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Randy Hawthorne, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Hub and Volunteer Partners, will receive the first Lincoln Luminary Award at the Winter Lights event Sunday, December 18. The event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. had been scheduled for Tower Square at 13th and "P" streets, but due to projected cold weather, it has been moved to the vacant retail space at 263 N. 13th Street, just north of Tower Square.
The Mayor will present Hawthorne with the award in a brief ceremony at 4:55 p.m. He has been involved with the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Rotary Club #14, Leadership Lincoln, TEDx Lincoln, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gathering Place, the American Marketing Association and other local nonprofits. He also mentors young professionals to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and for 20 years, he has worked with the Launch Leadership Program for middle school and high school students.
Leadership Lincoln facilitated the selection process for the award, which honors an individual who "has displayed consistent and intentional actions that demonstrate Lincoln's values and has gone above and beyond in making an impact on Lincoln and its citizens."
In addition to the awards presentation, Winter Lights will include music from Will Hutchinson, refreshments and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Event partners include the City Parks and Recreation Department, Leadership Lincoln, the Downtown Lincoln Association and the Lincoln Parks Foundation.