The Fishers Freedom Festival is seeking immediate nominations for the sixth annual “William D. Kehl Jr. Volunteer of the Year” award.  Nominees should be either youth or adults who have gone above and beyond to help or support others.  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 15.


Last year’s “Kehl Volunteer of the Year” went to Mr. Art Hennig (front left).

All nominees must be a resident within the Town of Fishers or the Hamilton Southeastern School District area.  List your name, address, phone and email address along with your nominee’s name, address, phone and email address.  Please detail the nominee’s particular qualities and the impact they have had on an individual, organization, or the Town of Fishers within 1000 words or less.

Your nomination letter will be presented to a panel of judges who review all nominations and select the winner based on the following criteria: • Nominee has been exceptionally dedicated and committed. • Nominee has contributed innovative ideas that produced great results for an individual, organization, or the Town of Fishers. • Nominee has been a role-model to other volunteers. • Nominee has made a definable difference that had a positive impact on an individual, organization, or the Town of Fishers.

Nomination information is available by clicking here or by mailing all of the appropriate information to Fishers Freedom Festival, P.O. Box 930, Fishers, IN 46038-0930.  The 2013 award will be presented to the winner at the Fishers Freedom Festival held Saturday, June 29 during the Opening Ceremonies.

Willaim D. Kehl Jr.

William “Bill” D. Kehl, Jr.

This award was named in loving memory of William D. Kehl Jr. whose life was tragically cut short and who dedicated many years to the Fishers Freedom Festival and the Town of Fishers.  He was an intricate part of our community and will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his drive to be the best at everything, and his absolute dedication to his community.  Past recipients include Dub and Jeanne Clark in 2007, Mary Pat McKee in 2008, Deta Lasley in 2009, Brad Jackson in 2010, Ellen Huckabee in 2011, and Art Hennig in 2012.

Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential.

The 25th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival is Saturday, June 29th & Sunday, June 30th, 2013.  Our theme is “A Quarter Century of Celebrating Freedom.”  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook.