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Best of US
Johnsonville Announces Top 10 "Best
of US" Educators and Community Celebrations
Americans across the country voted for individuals and
events that showcase the spirit of our nation.
July 2, 2013 -
Southport, NC - Johnsonville Sausage today announced the
results of America’s vote for the Top 10 Educator and
Community Celebration winners of the “Best of US”
contest – a nationwide call to identify the individuals
and events that reflect the American spirit. Based on
more than 71,000 votes from individuals across the
country, Robert “Bob” Tyrell, a teacher from East High
School in Salt Lake City, Utah earned the $10,000 grand
prize in the Educator category. The Community
Celebration grand prize of $10,000 went to the
organizers of Wayne Stock, a music festival held in
North Creek, N.Y. that raises funds for victims of
The “Best of US” contest featured unique nomination
criteria in both the Educator and Community Celebration
categories. Johnsonville summoned the nation to
spotlight educators who are not only effective in the
classroom but also take action beyond the walls of their
classrooms in order to create better places to live. In
the Community Celebration category, the contest focused
on events that most reflect the values of America.
Based on a public nomination and voting process, here
are the nation’s top 10 “Best of US” educators and
TOP 10 COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
1. Wayne Stock – North Creek, N.Y.
2. Dundalk Heritage Fair – Baltimore, Md.
3. Medal of Honor Host City Program – Gainesville, Texas
4. Community Days – DuBois, Pa.
5. National Sweetcorn Festival – Hoopeston, Ill.
6. North Carolina 4th of July Festival –Southport, N.C.
7. Barndance 2013 – Woodstock, Ill.
8. CELEBRATE commUNITY – Fond du Lac, Wis.
9. Popcorn Festival – Valparaiso, Ind.
10. Day of Caring – Sheboygan, Wis.
In addition to the $10,000 grand prizes, the nine other
finalists in each category received $1,000 each.
“We hope the rest of the nation is as inspired as
Johnsonville is by these educators who recognize the
power of giving back to local communities and community
celebrations that bring people together in uniquely
American ways,” said Ralph Stayer, CEO of Johnsonville
Sausage. “These unsung heroes and special events truly
capture the Best of US.”
The Top 10 in each category were identified following a
public voting period that ran from May 23 to June 14.
Robert Tyrell received the highest number of votes,
earning him the grand prize from a pool of 119 original
"I'm so honored and humbled to be voted as
Johnsonville's Best of US grand prize Educator. What a
great capstone to my career!" said Bob Tyrrell, who
retired at the end of last school year after 42 years as
a high school teacher and coach at East High School in
Salt Lake City. "Winning the top prize is such a
wonderful and rewarding way to end my teaching career.
If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose
to be a teacher."
In the Community Celebration category, the North Creek,
New York-based Wayne Stock event earned the highest
number of votes, among 156 nominations.
"We’re truly touched by the outpouring of support for
Wayne Stock," said Wayne Bukovinsky, North Country
Hardship Fund Inc., President and Wayne Stock event
organizer. "Johnsonville’s generosity is helping put
small towns with big purposes on the map. This awareness
and prize money means so much to our community and will
be put to good use helping victims of tragedy."
The nomination period for the Best of US contest began
on March 26 and ended on May 13, during that time
Johnsonville received 275 total nominations.
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