Sears Blue Tool Crew Invites America to Salute Dads Making a Difference Through the Launch of Unsung Heroes Program

Tool Guru Ty Pennington Encourages Americans to Nominate Deserving Dads

Jun 02, 2010, 11:25 ET from Sears, Roebuck and Co.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- June is the month to celebrate fathers.  With so many of them making valuable contributions in their communities, the Sears Blue Tool Crew has created a program that salutes some very deserving dads. "Unsung Heroes: Dads Making a Difference" celebrates dads who are using their tools and talents to benefit their communities. The Sears Blue Tool Crew is seeking entries that spotlight the work of these exemplary role models and America's vote will help pick the grand prize winner.  The "Dads Making a Difference" contest kicks off the Sears Blue Tool Crew's new "Unsung Heroes" campaign that will continue to pay tribute throughout the year to those using their tools and talents to benefit the community.

"We know there are dads everywhere who serve not only as an inspiration to their own kids, but to their entire community," said Ty Pennington, Sears spokesman. "These programs are about bringing families and communities together and I am excited to partner with the Sears Blue Tool Crew to bring the right tools and resources to these deserving unsung heroes."

Recognizing the important role many dads play as the go-to person for DIY projects, the Sears Blue Tool Crew is issuing a call for nominations for all dads who are actively involved in community-oriented projects. Entries, which require a 250-word-or-less essay and a photo, will be accepted at A panel of judges, including Ty Pennington, will select 10 finalists and America's vote will decide which nominee will receive a special visit from the Sears Blue Tool Crew to help bring a needy or ongoing project to life. Each finalist will receive a tool prize package from the Sears Blue Tool Crew, while the grand prize winner will receive $30,000 in services and assistance from the Sears Blue Tool Crew to help further advance his community work.

Nominations should focus on how the deserving dad uses his tools and talents for the benefit of a project in his hometown. Entries will be accepted from June 1 through June 30. From July 14-30, Americans can cast their votes for which deserving dad will receive a visit from the Blue Tool Crew with the tools and resources to bring their projects to life like never before. Official contest rules are available at under the "Rules" tab.

"We are excited to honor fathers through the 'Dads Making a Difference' program," said Steve Light, Sr. Vice President, tools and hardware for Sears Holdings. "Every day the Sears Blue Tool Crew meets hundreds of dads who use our tools to create amazing results.  There's no better way to celebrate Father's Day than to salute their efforts and help bring their projects to life."

Celebrating Unsung Heroes

The "Dads Making a Difference" contest is the first program in the Sears Blue Tool Crew's new "Unsung Heroes" campaign, an ongoing effort to shine the light on individuals and organizations that are using their tools and talents to benefit the community.

"Unsung Heroes is our way of celebrating individuals doing great things through DIY that may not always receive the recognition they deserve," added Bill Kiss, Chief Marketing Officer, tools and hardware for Sears Holdings. "In the coming months we look forward to bringing the stories and experiences of these inspiring people to life and using the tools and resources of the Sears Blue Tool Crew to honor and help their efforts."

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