The event of the year – Luton’s Community Awards 2015 – takes place tomorrow (October 23) at Venue Central in Leagrave Road.
Sponsors, judges and an audience of 600 will celebrate the town’s unsung heroes and heroines at a gala evening.
Awards founder Mostaque Koyes said: “This year we’ve seen a big incease in nominations in all categories and it’s just great to see more and more people being acknowledged for the great contribution they make to the local community. “I’m also delighted to have three new judges on board – including Gary Sweet, CEO of Luton Town Football Club.”
Siobhan Rooney, spokeswoman for sponsors Pictons, who also sponsor the special Our Luton Award, said: “I was born and raised in Luton and I know what a fantastic diverse and unique place it is.
“The awards represent the best from all the communities and cultures we share.”
The 18 categories cover every aspect of local life ranging from Young Hero to Service with a Smile and Teacher of the Year to Community Project of the Year.
Judges include MPs Kelvin Hopkins and Gavin Shuker, retiring Chief Constable Colette Paul and Luton Borough Council deputy leader Sian Timoney.
Every year Community Awards give a generous donation to charity. Last year the beneficiary was Luton Food Bank – this year it will be Cancer Research UK,
Mr Koyes said: “Cancer is a terrible disease which affects so many people. But even when times are tough, everyone is so generous.”