Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award

2018 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award Open For Nominations

The Maryland Million Ltd. Board of Directors plans to give this award annually in honor of Joe Kelly. Joe was the first and only publicist for the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day racing program. As a close friend of founder Jim McKay, he was involved from the introduction of the concept in 1985 until his death in 2012. He was a mentor to writers, horsemen and fans alike, and loved our sport from his early days as a sports writer.

Your unsung hero candidate should embody characteristics that are valuable, but often go unrewarded. He or she should be honest, hardworking and humble. They should inspire and set a good example through their principles and actions. The unsung hero award recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and be recognized at the Maryland Million Gala and on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park.

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Mary Shunk Named 2017 Unsung Hero Award Winner

MaryShunk LRMary Shunk, Director of The Retreat at Beckleysville, has been selected to receive the 2017 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award. Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd., this award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility - qualities which serve as inspiration to others.

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2016 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award to Dr. David Zipf 

(Timonium, MD – October 14, 2016) - Longtime Maryland veterinarian Dr. David Zipf has been selected to receive the 2016 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd., this award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility - qualities which serve as inspiration to others. 

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2015 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award to Darryll-Ann Buschling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - (Timonium, MD – October 14, 2015) - The 2015 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award goes to Darryll-Ann Buschling.

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2014 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award to "Gelo" Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Timonium, MD - October 14, 2014)

The Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award 2014 goes to Howard G. Hall Jr. This award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and is presented by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd. The Maryland Million Unsung Hero award celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. With this award we recognize honesty, hard work and humility - qualities which serve as inspiration to others.

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