Do you know of an outstanding father in Marion County who is responsible for developing strong relationships within his family and his community? Nominate him today for the Heart of a Father Award, presented by Managed Health Services (MHS).

Each year, Fathers and Families Center recognizes those fathers who exemplify family involvement, consistency, awareness and nurturing by presenting deserving men the Heart of a Father Award at its annual Faces of Fatherhood Luncheon. For the fourth consecutive year, Fathers and Families Center is proud to announce that Citizens Energy Group will be the presenting sponsor of the luncheon and MHS will be the presenting sponsor of the Heart of a Father Award.

Individual nomination award forms are available to download on the Fathers and Families Center website at You can email completed nomination forms, or mail them to: Fathers and Families Center, Attn: Awards Panel, 2835 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN, 46208. The deadline for nominations is April 24, 2015

Nominees must be a biological father, legal stepfather or adoptive father who lives or works in Marion County and acts as a positive role model for his child or children. There is a limit of one nomination per individual. The nominated man must agree to be nominated and must also be available to attend the awards luncheon on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Conrad Indianapolis.

"The role a father plays in the life of his children is invaluable, yet, it often goes unnoticed. To be honored not only acknowledges the sacrifices a father makes for his children, but also sends a clear message to the community that fathers matter,” said Rodric Reid, manager of annual giving and special projects for the Fathers and Families Center.

Award recipients will receive the Heart of a Father Award, recognition as an outstanding father and a $250 cash prize award. The nominated fathers will be judged by an independent awards panel at Fathers and Families Center.

We focus on the importance of healthy living at MHS and making wellness a team effort within the family,” said senior vice president (SVP) of health plans for MHS’ parent company, Centene Corporation, Patrick Rooney. “Having a strong father figure in the family who plays an integral role in the family’s wellness is certainly something to be honored and celebrated with the Heart of a Father Award.

About Fathers and Families Center

Fathers and Families Center is a 501(c)(3) agency that works to enhance the capacity of young fathers to become responsible and involved parents, wage earners, and providers of child support. Major activities are centered on educational and employment advancement, parenting and basic life skills training, and support services assistance.

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