Until it is announced (usually at some late date ) there is no mention. We don't ask questions of co-workers or do similar things that might tip our hand. Instead we evaluate throughout the year and sometimes, in the case of this year, a little longer. Then we announce our 2013 Person of the Year. The individual selected will find out just as you do. By reading it here. We don't notify the winner. We feel that would be inappropriate as if we expected something in return for picking them. There is also no tangible award made in terms of a plaque, certificate or a banquet. Just the words that appear.
Last December we recognized four individuals who participated in the major news stories of the year. Two of which Amy Burton, (City Archives) and Mary Juras (Celebrate Bloomfield Hills Day) accomplished far more than their duties.
Our Person of the Year award is however different. It is not just recognition of a job well done which in the course of year, could include many in our communities.
Our award is made for the benefit of our readers. We hope that our recognition of residents or nearby neighbors, who have displayed courage, overcome adversity, and improved our communities will inspire others.
Like all awards the validity of ours can only determined in the continued accomplishments of the people who we award it to.
We are pleased to say that the people we acknowledged in 2011 and 2012 did very well in the years that followed.