Hearts of Gold

The Village's Special Event's Commission recognizes people who live or work in the Village, and go above and beyond to give back to the Arlington Heights community. The Hearts of Gold Nomination Form will be available during September. If you would like to receive an email when 2024 Hearts of Gold Nominations are being accepted, please fill out the Hearts of Gold Reminder form

Nominees are selected by the Commission and are honored with a certificate. Eleven winners are selected, one for each of the below categories. 

  • MENTOR HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual or organization who inspires others to excel, serves as a role model and provides leadership and mentoring that helps improve behavior, performance, and/or employment skills.  
  • BEST NEIGHBOR HEART OF GOLD recognizes a resident of Arlington Heights who consistently goes out of his or her way to make a significant impact on the life of a neighbor. EDUCATOR HEART OF GOLD recognizes an educator who goes beyond expectations to teach others. The recipient must live in, work in or teach those who reside in Arlington Heights.  
  • YOUNG AT HEART HEART OF GOLD recognizes a Senior in Arlington Heights who continues to actively and enthusiastically contribute to our community.  
  • HEROIC HEART OF GOLD recognizes a person whose actions changed the trajectory of another person’s life.  
  • VOLUNTEER HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual with a true volunteer spirit who contributes his or her time to one or more charitable or civic organizations in our village. COMMUNITY SPIRIT HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual or group who sets high standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others with their community spirit.  
  • BUSINESS LEADER HEART OF GOLD recognizes a business or organization that makes our village a better place to work and live through participation and/or philanthropic support of community organizations and programs.  
  • KENNETH M BONDER BEAUTIFICATION HEART OF GOLD named for a former village manager, recognizes an individual or group that has created a sustained visual enhancement to the village.  
  • PAM STOCKING COMMUNITY SERVICE HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual whose passion and spirit has impacted the village in a unique and special way.  Let the Commission Decide  
  • YOUNG CHAMPION HEART OF GOLD recognizes a middle or high school student who has had an exceptional impact on the Arlington Heights community.

Past Winners