In life, people have their own interpretation of what constitutes “success.” In today’s society “success” is often associated with what a person “does for a living” rather than who a person “is in this life”. Classic example; the go-to social icebreaker when meeting new people, “What do you do?” The answer to that often defines a person and places a set labels in others’ minds – all associated with their job.
Ken Yontz founder of Yontz Valor Foundation (who I was lucky enough to call my Dad) was an exceedingly successful businessman who reached pinnacles far beyond even what he had ever envisioned. The shaping of such a man started early in life, and is positive proof that though life most certainly will throw us “curve balls”, you can rise above if they stick true to your core values.
As Ken achieved success he traveled the world, during which time he was drawn to visit Normandy Beach. This visit was pivotal as he was moved beyond words. From that day forward his benevolence was driven towards veterans. In 2014 he funded his own private foundation “Yontz Valor Foundation”, solely to use his good fortune to support our nation’s veterans. VALUES
Early in 2016 the Yontz family unexpectedly lost a child, my younger sister Jenny. Through this and within his own pain and grief, my Dad was a beacon of strength, love, and courage for our family. Being a mother myself, I marveled at his bravery. This prompted me into deep reflection and I realized how he was able to endure through the darkest of days – VALUES.
Just two weeks after we buried our Jenny, my Dad was diagnosed with an insidious cancer, subsequently taking him from us on Thanksgiving Day that very same year. My Dad was my best friend. My hero. Watching him LIVE was something. But watching him die was paragon, and will stay with me forever. To the very end, his values never weakened. They were at the core of his sustenance, guiding him through all life’s moments and inevitably shaping him into the remarkable man he was.
The Valor Salute is grounded on Ken’s fundamental belief to stay true to your values, no matter what the obstacles.
– Terri Yontz Miller
Nominations can be made by anyone, with restriction to self-nomination. Nominations will be accepted through the website, now through February 13, 2019.
Honorees will be chosen by: Yontz Valor President - Terri Yontz Miller, Hendrickson Foundation Executive Director - Danny Hendrickson and Warrior Hockey Program leaders.
Chosen nominations will be bound for the selected recipients and presented at the Hendrickson Foundation National Hockey Festival Reception on February 23, 2019.
Valor Salute honorees will receive a keepsake and a generous gift.
In 1500 words or less, please explain in detail how the nominee demonstrates the criteria and core values defined above and why s/he should be considered for the Valor Salute.
- Cite specific examples, situations, behaviors, quotes where this individual’s values have shined.
- Describe how others have benefitted from this individuals work ethic, kindness, giving nature, leadership and/or hope in adversity.
- Describe how this individuals values align with the values of Ken Yontz, described above.
- Optional: include any photo/article/document that may also shed light on this individuals strong values.
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