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Hero of the Week Program

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About our Hero of the Week Program

Every day in communities across the greater Des Moines area there are people going above and beyond the call of duty, many times at great physical, mental, and emotional cost to themselves, to provide for others in our communities.  They do this work, not for the recognition, but for the satisfaction and joy of helping others.

At Smiling Dog Entertainment we call these people Heroes!

We believe it's time to recognize some of these Heroes for their great work and so we are launching our inaugural Heroes of the Week program.

For 12 weeks beginning in early July we will be recognizing two individuals, for a total of 24 Heroes of the Week, for their outstanding contributions to the community.

Hero of the Week nominations will be accepted, reviewed, and awarded based on the primary community in which the nominee's work is being done.

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Do you know someone who is constantly going above and beyond the call of duty to help others in the community?

Do you have a neighbor or a friend that you'd consider a Hero?

Do you know someone who would give someone the shirt of their back if they needed it?

Is your community better off because of the work of your best friend, husband, wife, neighbor, or student?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions we want to hear about what makes that person a Hero!  To nominate the Hero in your life click hereand complete and submit our Hero of the Week Nomination Form.

Nominations are being accepted now through September 14, 2020.

Hero of the Week Nomination Form

The following are the communities we'll be using to guide our nomination acceptance, reviews, and awards:

- Altoona

- Ankeny

- Clive

- Downtown Des Moines

- East or South Des Moines

- Grimes

- Johnston

- Pleasant Hill

- Urbandale

- Waukee

- West Des Moines

- Windsor Heights

Each chosen Hero of the Week will receive a prize package including:

- $50 Restaurant Gift Card

- $50 Gas Gift Card

- $50 Movie Theater Gift Card

- $50 Grocery Gift Card

- Hero of the Week Yard Display (for one week)

- Recognition on our website and Facebook page

Sponsor a Hero of the Week

Beyond nominating your personal Hero for possible recognition as a Hero of the Week, you can support the Hero of the Week Program:

- as the Hero of the Week Presenting Sponsor - $1200

- as an individual Hero of the Week Sponsor - $250

- by donating a $50 Restaurant, Grocery Store, Gas Station, or Movie Theater Gift Card toward a Hero of the Week Prize Package - $50 

- becoming a Program Supporter - $25 donation

- making a donation of any size in support of a Hero of the Week Prize Package

All donors will receive recognition on the Thank you portion of this page and on our Facebook page.

Businesses donating at the Program Supporter level will receive a link to your website or Facebook page.

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Hero of the Week Sponsors will also receive

- Recognition on Smiling Dog Entertainment website and social media accounts including a link to business website or Facebook page

- Inclusion in any/all program related press releases

- Opportunity to include business information or special offers with all Hero of the Week Prize Packages- Photo Opportunity

- Presenting their Hero of the Week with their Prize Package- Free one week Yard Display (if applicable/allowable) for their business

- $100 off any Smiling Dog Entertainment Photo Booth Rental

- Recognition in one Smiling Dog Entertainment e-newsletter (5,000+ subscribers)

Presenting Sponsor will also receive:

- Opportunity to choose up to 5 Hero of the Week Winners

- Banner ad on the Smiling Dog Entertainment Hero of the Week website page including a link to your business

- One free Smiling Dog Entertainment Photo Booth Rental (up to 5 hours)

- Two free weeks of Yard Displays (if applicable) for their business)- Recognition in multiple (at least 3) Smiling Dog Entertainment e-newsletters (5,000 + subscribers)

Donations to a Hero of the Week Prize Package can be made via Venmo at @shane-kiesner or by contacting us at or 515-446-9054.

To make a $50 Gift Card donation to a Hero of the Week Prize Package, or to become a Program Supporter, Hero of the Week Sponsor, or the Presenting Sponsor of the Hero of the Week Program please contact Shane at 515-446-9054 or

Thank You to our Hero of the Week Supporters

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