Social Entrepreneur Launches “The American Awards”

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A social entrepreneur has launched a website designed to honor and recognize extraordinary individuals in everyday walks of life, while raising money for charities and small-business startups.

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The American Awards

I figured if our society is willing to honor excellence in some rolls, such as ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Artist,’ why not ‘Best Mother’ and ‘Best Father’?

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Social entrepreneur Peter Dennis has launched the American Awards,, a website that recognizes the extraordinary deeds and achievements of everyday individuals in a variety of fields through a web-based voting system, while simultaneously raising money for charities and American-owned small business startups.

“I realized that we applaud the incredible achievements of musicians and actors all the time, but rarely do we do enough to recognize the people who excel in everyday roles, such as parents, siblings, friends and local heroes,” says Peter Dennis. “That’s especially disappointing given that we live in a time when we really have a need for everyday heroes and role models. I figured if our society is willing to honor excellence in some rolls, such as ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Artist,’ why not ‘Best Mother’ and ‘Best Father’?”

On the site, users can nominate individuals who they think deserve recognition in a number of categories for a nominal fee. Once nominees receive and accept nominations, the stories of what the nominees did to deserve being nominated will be posted on the American Awards website and can be shared via social media. The public then votes on the nominations to determine a winner in each category. During the nomination process, both nominators and nominees get to select charities they’d like to see small donations made towards, and then at the end of the year large donations will be made to the charities selected by the winners.

In addition to raising money for charities, a portion of every nomination fee will be dedicated to a Small Business Startup Fund dedicated exclusively to providing grants to American-owned small businesses trying to get off the ground. The idea behind the fund is to help create new businesses and jobs for Americans who are currently out of work.

In celebration of the site’s official launch, the company has announced that the $10 nomination fee will be waived for the first 500 users who use the promotional code posted on the website’s front page. And for every nomination made, $3 will be donated to various charities and $3 will be dedicated towards the Small Business Startup Fund.

“This site, which we believe could quickly become one of the most positive website on the Internet, is an All-American way to honor our everyday heroes,” Dennis said. “It’s a way we can recognize the very best among us, support charities that make the world a better place, and help get our economy back on track.”

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