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D 124 School Board Member Named Local Hero

Dawn McNamara is the second Evergreen Park resident this year to be named the winner of the General Motors' Our Town, Our Heroes program. Congratulations Dawn!

Evergreen Park resident, stylist and District 124 board of education member

Because of her inspirational work with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, McNamara received more than half of the votes cast on DrivingtheMidwest.com. One of the newer members of the , McNamara is a hairstylist who's worked with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for a decade. At a t at McNamara sat in the seat for the first time since she volunteered to cut hair for St. Baldrick’s 10 years ago. “I said if I was still doing this in 10 years, then I’d get my hair cut,” McNamara told Patch.

McNamara garnered more votes than longtime television anchor Merri Dee and Meghan Moreno, who works at the Edward Foundation in Naperville.

She wins this distinct honor just weeks after teacher Both McNamara and her nominator, Heather Kash, will receive a one-week loan of an all-new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle and a full tank of gas, the company said in a news release. Additionally, McNamara will receive $500 in gift cards with the challenge to keep driving positive change in her community.

In her nomination, Kash said McNamara is a hero because of her ongoing commitment to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and her role in the community.

“Dawn goes above and beyond as a volunteer at numerous St. Baldrick’s events every year to help raise much needed funds for childhood cancer research,” wrote Kash. “Dawn is an amazing mom and a hero to all kids; her own, local students and especially kids with cancer!”

“We continue to be blown away by the extraordinary stories of heroes from across Illinois like Dawn,” said Brian Goebel, General Motors North Central Region Communications Manager. “We’re honored to recognize individuals such as Dawn for their selfless work in their communities and look forward to the next round of unsung local heroes.”

General Motors launched the Our Town, Our Heroes program in 2011 celebrating unsung heroes who inspire and empower others in their communities. Each month, the program narrows down the nominations and opens voting of the featured finalists to the public to select the winner.

Read Kash’s description of why McNamara deserves this honor and vote for her at DrivingtheMidwest.com.

Renita Young April 19, 2012 at 07:07 PM
HUGE Congrats to Dawn! She's truly deserving of this honor.
Jenni Knight April 20, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Congrats Dawn, we are proud to have you and St. Baldrick's at SE school! Keep paying it forward.

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