Hambrick was the recipient of the George Award, which was given to him during the first ever SUPER Pow! Bam! BASH event at Baymont Theater.
Formerly the Super Auction, the BASH was a fundraiser for the Save the Massac (STM) theater, which raised almost $4000. The organization was formed in 2009 with the goal of resurrecting and preserving the Massac Theatre, which was built in the 1930s and was open from 1938 until 1989.
The BASH also featured the traditional awarding of the George and Noel Awards.
The George Award is presented to an outstanding individual who has displayed selfless commitment to the promotion of the annual Superman Celebration and its many worthwhile events.
The George Award is a gold statue made in the likeness of actor George Reeves, who portrayed Superman in the 1950s television series, The Adventures of Superman.
“We never considered anyone else for the award but Jim,” explained Lisa Gower, co-chairperson for the Superman Celebration.
“It just seemed very fitting. No one has done more to promote Metropolis than Jim, not only during the Superman Celebration but throughout the year.”
A native of California, Hambrick, who has over 100,000 Superman items, opened the SuperMuseum in 1993. In 2005, he opened Americana Hollywood on West Third Street.
Like the George Award, the Noel Award is given to a woman who displays selfless commitment to promoting the celebration and its events. The recipient of the award receives a certificate.
Neill, also known as “The First Lady of Metropolis,” has been a frequent guest of the Superman Celebration. The actress’ association with the Man of Steel began when she first played Lois Lane in the 1948 movie serial Superman with Kirk Alyn. But she became best known for playing the iconic character on television in The Adventures of Superman with legendary actor George Reeves from 1953-57.
Michele Lyzenga of Indianapolis, Indiana was this year’s recipient of the Noel Award. “She is always promoting Metropolis wherever she goes,” said Gower. “Michele is always willing to help every time she attends the Celebration. In fact, she acts as if she is from Metropolis. She is always encouraging and quick to defend Metropolis.”