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1/24/2014 8:05 A.M. ET

Cleveland Indians announce Jeff Haynes of Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland as winner of Mentor of the Year contest

Broadway Club Director voted by fans as winner among over 100 nominations

Cleveland, OH - Jeff Haynes, the Broadway Club Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, has been named the winner of the inaugural Cleveland Indians Mentor of the Year contest.

Haynes edged out two other finalists - former Plain Dealer columnist Margaret Bernstein and Facing History New Tech High School principal Marc Engoglia -- in a vote on Indians.com. Interviews with all three still can be viewed at Indians.com/Mentors.

Haynes has been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs since college. He will appear today with Terry Francona, Mark Shapiro and Matt Underwood at a Season Ticket Holder Town Hall event at PlayhouseSquare.

The Indians introduced the Mentor of the Year contest in November in conjunction with Terry Francona winning the American League Manager of the Year award, to recognize the leadership and mentoring efforts of others in Northeast Ohio.

The organization asked fans to submit nominations for those in the community making a difference in other people's lives and working to make Northeast Ohio a better place through leadership and mentoring efforts. Over 100 nominations were received, and were judged on criteria including alignment with the Indians mission of impacting youth education and recreation; alignment with the club's Guiding Commitments and organizational values; and nominees broadly and positively impacting Northeast Ohio.

In addition to three finalists, honorable mention selections included:

  • Brent Shelly, Dean of Students, Minds Matter Cleveland
  • Marsha Pavlenda, teacher, Midview Local Schools
  • Michael Dies, President, West Akron Baseball League
  • Hilary Parsons, Counselor, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
  • Ryan Wolfe, Coach, Northeast Ohio Challenger Baseball
  • Edie Deyarmin, Advocate, disabled/disadvantaged veterans
  • Tim Able, Coach, UpWard Basketball

"We were truly impressed with the scores of nominees and candidates for our first Mentor of the Year Award, an honor we're pleased to recognize during National Mentorship Month. We're proud to celebrate these exceptional mentors and the lasting impact they have every day and on the future of our community," Indians President Mark Shapiro said.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.