You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Center Grove Dad of the Year. Visit atcentergrove.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then.
Nominated by Bailey Gudaitis, who says:
My dad should be dad of the year because he is a superhero. He has overcome many obstacles in life, and he is amazing. My dad is my best friend, an amazing chef and an even better dancer. My dad is hilarious and he has a big heart. My dad should be dad of the year because he is my favorite superhero.
Nominated by Jessica Limeberry, who says:
Matthew is a devoted husband, a father to four amazing boys and a solider who is serving our country in Afghanistan currently. He has spent his life serving others, and despite a career in service, he also finds the energy and love to pour into his kids, even when he is half a world away. Matt sends his boys (Bryon – 9, Cohen – 5, Grady – 4, and Adler – 2) texts, emails and notes to let them know he is constantly thinking of them. He’s even been able to FaceTime into their classrooms. He has taught them the importance of integrity, kindness, leading in love and respect and a true servants heart. When he’s home, you will find him wrestling with the boys, reading them books, outside on the basketball courts or cuddled up on the couch watching their favorite movie for the 100th time. His true passion is his family, and his ability to be that role model and involved father while stationed in Afghanistan for nine months, makes him Dad of the Year for sure!
Nominated by Michael Crafton Jr., who says:
Michael Crafton is the most amazing man I have ever met. His compassionate people-first mentality is second to none. He successfully raised four children, built an amazing career as a realtor and is extremely active in the community. I, and my siblings, are who we are today because of him. His life lessons, insight and caring demeanor has taught me how to be a better person.