The Maryland Million Ltd. Board of Directors voted recently to give the Unsung Hero 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.
Joe Kelly embodied the character of the unsung hero. He was quiet and unassuming, and never sought personal attention or credit, yet was a role model for many. With this award his memory will live on, and be acknowledged annually on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day.
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.
Nominations are due by October 1, 2014. The award winner will be recognized at the Maryland Million Gala on October 17 and be presented with a commemorative plaque on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, October 18.