News Tribune seeking Fisher Family Good Samaritan nominations

Do you know a good samaritan?

We suspect many of you do. And we'd like to know about them.

The News Tribune and Redemption Inside the Walls are partnering to award five individuals with the Fisher Family Good Samaritan Award. It recognizes Mid-Missourians who go above and beyond to help others and is part of the Redemption Inside the Walls concert, which will feature Rend Collective, on Sept. 17.

Nominations for the award can be submitted at or via email at [email protected].

The awards were borne out of the May 2019 tornado that hit Mid-Missouri. Concert organizers and the News Tribune partnered to honor "Heroes of the Storm," community members who were nominated and selected for going above and beyond in the hours and days after the tornado.

To continue honoring community members, organizers created the John G. Fisher Good Samaritan Award in 2020. The award was first named after John Fisher, the former part-owner of the Jefferson City Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant who died in March 2020. But just before the concert in 2020, another member of the Fisher family died, and the awards were renamed the Fisher Family Good Samaritan Award. Fisher and his family were known for volunteering in Mid-Missouri.

There will be five recipients of the Fisher Family Good Samaritan Award, and all nominations come from community members.

Recipients of the award should:

• Live in Mid-Missouri.

• Do good deeds out of compassion and not because of any hope of reward.

• Possibly shy away from attention about his or her efforts.

• Unselfishly help others and extend mercy, especially to strangers.

• Has not previously won the award.

When submitting a nomination for the award, include the nominee's name, a 200-word or fewer description of why the nominee is a good samaritan, and a photo of the person. The News Tribune will accept nominations through Aug. 20.

The community then will be able to vote on who it believes deserves the Fisher Family Good Samaritan Award. Voting will start Aug. 21 at and run through Aug. 27. Community members can below or at

The News Tribune will select the other four award recipients.

The recipients will be invited to the Sept. 17 Redemption Inside the Walls concert, where they will receive their awards.

Those interested in attending this year's Redemption Inside the Walls can purchase tickets at or at the entrance of the event.

Adult general admission costs $30 per ticket, while general admission for children 4-12 years old is $15 per ticket. Children 3 and younger may enter free.

The concert also offers VIP seating, reserved seating and group adult general admission tickets.

The full list of ticket prices is on the event's website.

Proceeds from the concert will go to Council for Drug Free Youth, whose mission is to promote drug-free lifestyles among youths in Mid-Missouri.