Nominations for Jeff’s Heroes 2022 Are Now Open!

Jeff’s Heroes is Back & All-New in 2022!

The Jeff Schmitt Auto Group is back with our Jeff’s Heroes initiative! This time, we’re choosing FOUR FINALISTS throughout the year; one of whom will be named the ultimate Jeff’s Hero for 2022!

That means, more nominations, more voting for your favorite, and most importantly, even more recognition and prizes for our local community heroes!

Now, instead of two Jeff’s Heroes winners, we’ll be able to choose, celebrate, and reward FOUR different finalists in 2022!

Each of the four finalists will receive a $5,000 CASH PRIZE and have the chance to be named the ultimate Jeff’s Hero for 2022 – receiving the grand prize of $20K towards a new or used vehicle, plus another $10K in CASH!

What Is Jeff’s Heroes?

We started our Jeff’s Heroes Initiative in 2021 after hearing some truly inspiring stories shared with us by community members on social media. These were stories of local heroes, military veterans, first responders, medical professionals, and ordinary people giving so much of themselves to help others in need.

The stories of these individuals stirred us into action and we committed ourselves to do even more in support of our neighbors in the Greater Dayton community.

In 2021, we were thrilled to see the outpouring of support for each of our nominees and the incredible community response and involvement to cheer on these tremendous people.

The best part is, you have the say in who becomes a Jeff’s Heroes finalist! Each nominee we select comes straight from you, and each finalist is chosen as a result of public voting. Our two previous heroes – Nicole Adkins and Connie McEldowney, were chosen based directly on your votes!

Ultimately, this is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the heroes among us; to lift up those in our community who lift others by their own good work and efforts.

We hope that you’ll join us once again to share your stories and put a spotlight on the best of us to help select our 2022 Jeff’s Hero!


On June 9th, Connie Carman was announced as one of the four nominees for the 2022 Jeff’s Heroes initiative. Stay tuned for her amazing story!

Jeff’s Heroes Winner, Spring 2021: Nicole Adkins


Nicole Adkins and Jay Schmitt - Jeff's Heroes Winner of May 2021

Meet Nicole Adkins – Our First-Ever Jeff’s Heroes Winner!

Connie started Rustic Hope, which is an organization that offers free support to single mothers before, during and after delivery. They provide services such as transportation, food, clothing, supplies and much more.

Meet Our Spring 2021 Jeff’s Heroes Nominees

 

Buffy Courtney and Lashonna Myers have given a loving and safe home to a large number of underprivileged children, many of them with special needs.

 

DeVaughn Staley is a military veteran who has devoted his life to serving his community and country after experiencing a tragic childhood and homelessness.

 

David Noble is a decorated veteran, a member of Box 21 Emergency Support Services, and a volunteer medic who lost his leg saving the lives of others.

 

Jeremy Ganger put himself in harms way to protect and save other endangered lives during the tragic Oregon District shooting.

Jeff’s Heroes Winner, Winter 2021: Connie McEldowney


Connie McEldowney - Second Jeff's Heroes Winner holding a check.

Meet Connie McEldowney – Our 2nd Jeff’s Heroes Winner!

Connie started Rustic Hope, which is an organization that offers free support to single mothers before, during and after delivery. They provide services such as transportation, food, clothing, supplies and much more.

Meet Our Winter 2021 Jeff’s Heroes Nominees

 

Chaz Amos is the Chief Executive officer and Founder of I Love West Dayton. The recent high school graduate has become a beacon of service and support in the West Dayton community.

 

David Nugent is a Brookville resident who has given away over 3,000 bikes to local kids. He was recently recognized for his work by the Dayton Daily News as a Community Gem.

 

Michael Knote founded Have a Gay Day to support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. The organization recently opened a multipurpose center in Dayton offering free food, free resources and more.

 

Patricia Cochran formed the Gang of Seamstresses who make port accessible shirts for those going through cancer treatments. This group of ladies have now provided over 7,000 shirts to those in need.

Who Should I Nominate?


Your vote should be focused on the local heroes within your community!

We will be looking for people who may incorporate the following traits: inspirational stories, strong local leaders, selfless individuals who continually put others first, people suffering from the impacts of COVID-19 on the community, Teachers, first responders, military, etc.…

Participants can only be eligible through a nomination via our website, no self-nominations will be accepted. These nominations will be narrowed down to the top 4 as voted on by an internal panel throughout the year.

The top 4 finalist and their nominators will be interviewed, and the resulting videos placed on this page and our social media channels for a final public vote.

Each of the four finalists will receive a $5,000 CASH PRIZE and have the chance to be named the ultimate Jeff’s Hero for 2022 – receiving the grand prize of $20K towards a new or used vehicle, plus another $10K in CASH!

Don’t miss your chance to help give back! Nominations open May 1st!

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