Nominations sought for 2012 ACE Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 ACE Awards, which will be handed out starting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Canopy Club in Urbana.

The deadline for submitting nominations to http://www.40north.org is Sept. 10.

The ACE (arts, culture and education) Awards are presented by 40 North 88 West to honor the work of artists, teachers, businesses, individuals, organizations, volunteers and community and government leaders. Each award highlights a different part of the cultural life of the community and celebrates those that, through hard work, dedication and creative energy, cultivate the arts of Champaign County.

The seven ACE Award categories are advocate, artist, volunteer, business, teacher, student and lifetime achievement.

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County.

Anyone may submit a nomination and nominate multiple candidates; self-nominations are accepted as well. People must be 14 or older and a resident of Champaign County to be eligible to win an ACE Award. Previous nominees may be resubmitted.

Tickets to the eighth annual ACE Awards are $10 each and are available at http://www.40north.org or by calling 351-9841. Tickets also may be purchased in advance at the Canopy Club or the 40 North office, 106 S. Neil St., C. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

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