Do you know someone who's made a difference in the community? The News -- Eagle and its Making a Difference partners are seeking nominations for the third annual Pillar of the Plains award.

The 2005 award recognizes a person who is an active, contributing member of the community. Past nominees have been active in church, business, civic clubs and volunteer activities.

The award is part of the Making a Difference yearlong initiative and is co-sponsored by Advance Food Co., Central National Bank and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.

"This is an opportunity to recognize some of the people who give their time and skills to help other people and improve our community," said Jeff Funk, News -- Eagle publisher.

Bert Mackie, president of Security National Bank, was the 2003 recipient and Lee Thompson, Enid businessman, was the 2004 recipient.

"We always have so many outstanding nominations," said Cindy Allen, News -- Eagle managing editor. "We hope that people in the community think about who deserves this honor and take the time to send in a nomination."

Any individual, club, business, church or organization may make nominations for the Pillar of the Plains award. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 2.

Nominations must include the name, address and phone number of the nominee, plus a written statement about why the person nominated deserves the award. The nomination also must include the name and phone number of the person or group submitting the nomination.

The News -- Eagle regularly will run a nomination form in the newspaper through Dec. 2. Nominations may be dropped off at the News -- Eagle office, 227 W. Broadway in Enid or mailed to the News -- Eagle, c/o Pillar of the Plains, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702

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