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Metro Atlantans could join Energizer Hall of Fame
Metro Atlantans could join Energizer Hall of Fame

ATLANTA -- It's not often that a community is fortunate enough to have a citizen with the energy and determination to make a positive difference.

Metro Atlanta is lucky enough to have three such residents.

In January, baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and Energizer began a national search for the next member of the Energizer Keep Going® Hall of Fame, a program dedicated to celebrating everyday people who possess the same persevering spirit as the Energizer Bunny and use their talents to change the world.

From all of the submissions received, these Atlanta-area nominees rose to the top:

* Kimberly Bearden, Atlanta
* Lamar Green, Woodstock
* Lin Seahorn, Alpharetta

They are three of the 100 semifinalists to become the 2011 inductee into the Hall of Fame.

"We're always so inspired by stories of people who live with the spirit of the Energizer Bunny and then use that energy to make the world a better place," said Jim Olsen, vice president of marketing for Energizer North America. "We're thrilled with this year's 100 semifinalists, who truly embody that spirit and turn it into something positive for their communities."

As the co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy, Kimberly Bearden has made a true impact on the lives of Atlanta's disadvantaged children.

She was selected as one of 155 teachers from across the United States to receive the Award for Excellence in Education from the Milken Family Foundation, and was also chosen from among 7,000 teachers as Cobb County's 2000 Teacher of the Year.

When Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, Lamar Green felt compelled to make a difference. In the year following the disaster, he led a total of 22 teams to the region, helping people clean up debris and rebuild their lives.

These experiences inspired Lamar to found Never Alone, a non-profit organization dedicated to relief and outreach. While half of Never Alone's projects benefit Georgia families, the remainder of the program helps orphan children and struggling families living in third world countries.

After persevering through her own difficult childhood, Lin Seahorn decided to help make a difference for other children in similar situations.

In 2007, she founded Children Without a Voice USA, a nonprofit dedicated and determined to fight crimes against children.

Today, Lin devotes her energy to increasing awareness for children's safety in the U.S. and across the world. Through advocacy and education, she and her organization are preventing child abuse, neglect and crimes against children.

The Energize Keep Going Hall of Fame was created to honor unstoppable individuals who make a difference and to remind people that they have the power to create a positive impact in their communities.

Cal Ripken, Jr., who holds the record for the most games ever played consecutively (2,632), was the inaugural inductee. In January, he and Energizer launched the sixth annual search for everyday people doing extraordinary things.

Bearden, Green and Seahorn now move on to the second round of judging, during which the pool of 100 semifinalists will be narrowed to a group of 10 finalists.

Energizer Facebook fans have the chance to vote their favorite semifinalists into the finals; they may also vote on the Hall of Fame website. Voting closes on Friday, Mar. 25.

Each of the 10 finalists will receive a $1,000 donation to a charity of his or her choice.

Once the finalists are selected, the public will have the chance to vote for the 2011 inductee at the Hall of Fame website.

Each vote will trigger a $1 donation from Energizer to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, up to $10,000. These funds will help connect kids in distressed communities with mentors, giving them the opportunity to learn life's critical lessons while having fun on the fields and off the streets.

The 2011 inductee will receive a $10,000 cash prize, plus a $5,000 donation to his or her favorite charity. He or she will also be honored at an induction ceremony with Cal Ripken, Jr. at the Energizer Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri in June.