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Nominations for the STANDOUT Class of 2018 are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5PM.  Nominees will be contacted and asked to formally accept their nomination and submit a resume and additional questionnaire by June 18. A formal selection panel will review nominees and select the final STANDOUT honoree class of 2018. Honorees will be notified of their selection in mid-July.

Please take a moment to nominate a colleague, friend or family member who you feel should be recognized in this dynamic group by accessing the Nomination Form HERE.

Once we receive your nomination form(s), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will notify each professional of their nomination. They will then have the opportunity to formally apply to become a STANDOUT honoree by submitting additional information regarding their professional and philanthropic experiences.  Nominees will be evaluated and scored by the CF Foundation’s Board of Directors and the STANDOUT committee. From among the applicants, twenty-five (25) honorees will be selected for recognition.

For questions about the nomination process, please contact Gretchen Rohleder, Sr. Development Director, at You may also fax form(s) to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation office, (980) 213-3732. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen, (704) 321-7852. Thank you for being a part of the 2018 STANDOUT selection process.

Nominee Criteria

  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Success in chosen career
  • Display past success in the community (socially, charitably and/or professionally)
  • Exhibit dedication to assisting organizations with the goal of bettering the lives of others
  • Must be 40 years of age or younger as of event date, November 1, 2018

Honoree Benefits

  • Prestige of being recognized as one of Charlotte’s STANDOUT professionals
  • Networking with members Charlotte’s influential business community through STANDOUT Kick-off and monthly socials
  • Professional headshot session with images for honoree to keep
  • Opportunity to have letter of recommendation written by CFF staff or Board members to current or future employers, acknowledging receipt of the honor
  • Having a significant award on honoree’s resume and business/social networking sites
  • Event ticket for honoree to attend STANDOUT celebration event
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those battling cystic fibrosis and assume an ambassador role for STANDOUT and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


Honoree Requirements

  • Submit nomination acceptance form and questionnaire within two weeks of being nominated
  • Attend a one-on-one meeting with CF Foundation staff and a committee mentor
  • Attend STANDOUT event on Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Raise $3,000 in support of their nomination through event ticket sales, donations, sponsorships, and/or hosting a fundraising event prior to event day, utilizing an online fundraising Web page (the highest fundraising honoree a week from event day is recognized as STANDOUT of the year)
  • Obtain two (2) silent auction items for the event