But to their nominators and to many in the community, they are.
The opening ceremony of the Superman Celebration served as the stage to recognize two of Massac County's other super heroes — those who by being ordinary people make a difference in the lives of others through what they say and do.
"These awards recognize special people who do special things in the community," Angie Sivori said as she introduced the presenters of the Helping Hands Award and the Lois Lane Award — Massac County United Way board member Caroline Jones and Metropolis Planet general manager Areia Hathcock.
The 2012 Helping Hands Award was presented to Vicki Boren.
From the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Massac County to Friends of Ft. Massac to the Metropolis Area Tourism Commission, "whatever organization Vicki is working with, she knows that volunteers are the backbone," Jones observed. "Her dedication to community outreach and growth continually sets her apart as a helping hand to each organization she is involved in."
Boren was nominated by Maggie Howett.
"Vicki inspires many people to pitch in and help this community through her creative and fun ideas for fundraising and volunteer work," Howett wrote. "She has selflessly given of her time and talents to make this city a richer place to live, and her dedication and hard work have brought joy to many people and a chance for them to give back to the community."
This is the 17th year the Helping Hands Award has been presented.
The Lois Lane Award marked its 30th anniversary during this year's Celebration.
The award, presented by the Metropolis Planet, recognizes a confident, independent working woman who while maintaining a full-time job, manages to find the time to give back to her community through various volunteer ventures.
This year's recipient was Denese Peebles, who over the last 19 years has worked as a legal assistant at Kentucky Legal Aid and as a member of Zeta Zeta helped raise thousands of dollars through turkey leg sales at the Fort Massac Encampment; has fixed and delivered Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas presents for area families with hardships; and assisted with the annual Easter egg hunt.
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