NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Hometown Hero awards and Community Service Award. The annual Hometown Heroes Award's dinner and presentation will take place on April 12 at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center - Myron Phillips Hall at 6:30 p.m. in Dover. This year's event is presented by Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

The event honors local individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or have demonstrated the values of courage, character, generosity, humanity, or personal initiative.

During the event special recognition will be given to Steve Stokey for his hard work and dedicated service with Project Lead the Way. The chapter will present him with the Red Cross Hometown Hero Community Service Award. Stokey is Executive Vice President of Allied Machine and Engineering in Dover.

In 2008, he brought Project Lead the Way to Tuscarawas County and spearheaded efforts to raise money to pay for the classes. The program offers pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students through engaging, hands -on curriculum that teaches the students how to plan, design and build projects as well develop lifelong skills for their future.

Already, hundreds of students have participated in the program at area high schools and captured the innovative spirit.

Stokey is currently on the Project Lead the Way Ohio Executive Council and New Philadelphia City Schools Citizen's Advisory Committee chairman.

He is a graduate of Ohio State University in Industrial Engineering.

Honorees were selected by a committee of local community individuals and former Hometown Heroes.

2012 Hometown Hero recipients include:

Jason Peoples of Newcomerstown

Donald Rogers of Cadiz

Adam Fisher of Strasburg Police Department

John (Benjamin Monroe McCoury) of Mineral City

Katlyn & Angela Lawver of Dover

Carol McIntire of Carrollton

Tyler J.Welch of Uhrichsville

Brandon Michael Kiser of Dover

Luke Morris Steineck of Mineral City

Four youth Times Reporter writing contest winners will also be recognized during the event. They include: Reagan Tripplett, Dennison Immaculate Conception; Alexa Brick, Dennison Immaculate Conception; Paige Henman, Minvera Middle School; and Sara Clore, Tuscarawas County Central Catholic.

For information or to reserve a seat, contact the Red Cross at 330-343-8633 or info@mlcredcross.org.

Serving Tuscarawas, Carroll and Harrison counties, the Muskingum Lakes Chapter is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

For information on Red Cross, visit www.mlcredcross.org.