Jefferson Awards

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Some of the most caring and giving people in this country live right here in Central Ohio. They are your friends, neighbors and co-workers who go that extra mile to make their community a better place to live, work and raise a family.

These super volunteers run food drives for military veterans. They run a special class for at-risk youngsters. They build beds for families in need. They perform vital community service -- and they do it all without any desire for reward or recognition.

Presented by:

10TV & Lifeline of Ohio


The Jefferson Awards are presented by WBNS-10TV and Lifeline of Ohio to recognize individuals who do extraordinary things in their community without expecting anything in return.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr., of Ohio created the national Jefferson Awards in 1972 to highlight the works of unsung heroes. Television stations and newspapers across the country tell the positive stories about these volunteers and motivate individual responsibility for civic and neighborhood improvement.

Our local Jefferson Award finalists and winners come in all shapes and sizes … from the 12-year-old who collects books for children who don’t have any to the senior citizen who visits military veterans in hospitals. You know someone who goes all out to make life special.

The nomination deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, February 8, 2019. 20 finalists will be selected in March. Five winners will be announced at a ceremony in the spring.

Presented by:

2019 Jefferson Award Winner: Lou Gatch

2019 Jefferson Award Winner: Lou Gatch

Lou Gatch spearheads a furniture-building program for the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio.Read more