Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amir Omar chosen as One Man Dallas 2012

Richardson City Councilman and Methodist Richardson Cancer Center volunteer Amir Omar was named 2012 One Man Dallas on Thursday, May 10, 2012.  Out of 21 semifinalists, Omar was voted the man who best represents Dallas-Fort Worth from the perspective of community involvement as well as overall personality, intelligence and fitness. 

Emcee Amy Vanderoef introduced each of the 21 nominees and gave them one last moment in the spotlight before naming the winner. Each had to answer a question live onstage that had been written by another nominee.  Questions like, "How would you describe a sunset to a blind man?" and "Who do you feel (besides yourself) should win this event and why?"

Omar, who works for Verizon Wireless and has served on the Richardson City Council since 2009, was nominated for One Man Dallas because of his service to Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, where he has contributed more than 800 hours of volunteer work and serves on their Foundation Board. His work there includes chairing the Wildride! Wildrun! Against Cancer for the second year in a row following a record-breaking fundraising year in 2011.

As One Man Dallas winner, Omar’s charity received $2,500 from Whole Foods Market Dallas and he received a $2,500 Stanley Korshak gift card.  The One Man Project, which was initiated with One Man Minneapolis in 2009 and One Man Chicago in 2010, puts the spotlight on men doing charitable work in their communities and highlights the efforts of each man’s affiliated charity. Because women volunteer at a rate five times that of men, the project’s mission is to encourage other men to volunteer their time, energy and resources.

2012 One Man Dallas nominees


The One Man Dallas winner after being judged on four criteria: interviews with community leader judges, scores from each finalist’s community service project, personality at three community happy hours, and online voting results.

Four of the One Man Dallas finalists also received special recognition at the event. Edgar Sotelo, nominated by the Magdaleno Leadership Institute, received the most online votes.  Ryan Harms with Back on My Feet, Tim Halperin with Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and Sam Mulroy with DFW Rescue Men created and executed outstanding community service projects.

The One Man Project, which was initiated with One Man Minneapolis in 2009 and One Man Chicago in 2010, puts the spotlight on men doing charitable work in their communities and highlights the efforts of each man’s affiliated charity. Because women volunteer at a rate five times that of men, the project’s mission is to encourage other men to volunteer their time, energy and resources. 

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