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Beliefnet Opens up Nominations for Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award

Norfolk, VA, November 21, 2010 – Beliefnet, the Web’s leading multi-faith inspiration and spirituality site and a property of BN Media, has just opened up its nominations for the 2010 Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award. The annual award is given to an individual who has demonstrated significant courage, compassion, forgiveness, and/or self-sacrifice in the face of challenging circumstances. Beliefnet will be accepting nominations through November 28, 2010. The selections of the top nominees will be announced on December 27, 2010 and voting will then be open to the public for the period between December 27, 2010 and January 24, 2011. The winner will be announced on January 31, 2011.

Beliefnet’s annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award draws nominees from all walks of life. They have included celebrities, athletes, political and religious leaders, humanitarians and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. In 2009, the winner was Zach Bonner, a young boy who was nominated for “living his conviction that no one is ever too young to change the world.” Zach was selected for his compassionate, selfless service to homeless children and for giving a voice to their plight. Zach won the award against a field of other inspiring individuals which included: Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the Hero of the Hudson; Danny Cotrell, the Recession Angel; Kaleb Eulls, a football star who helped save lives; Jorge Munoz, for feeding the hungry; Paul Levy, a CEO who saved jobs; Jill and Kevin, newlyweds whose wedding generated donations; Griffeth and Illingworth, two “do-gooder” officers; Iranian protestors for standing up for freedom; and Michael J. Fox for being a devoted optimist.

According to Steve Halliday, CEO of BN Media, owner of Beliefnet, “Regardless of the major news events of any given year, there are always those individuals who capture our hearts and admiration with their acts of great and inspired humanity. That is what we at Beliefnet want to acknowledge in our Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award.”

To nominate an individual who most inspired you, email his/her name and story to Nominations2010@Beliefnetstaff.com by November 28, 2010. Then, visit www.beliefnet.com from December 27, 2010 to January 17, 2011 to cast your vote for one of the final nominees who you would most like to see receive Beliefnet’s 2010 Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award.

About Beliefnet

Beliefnet, a property of BN Media (Norfolk, VA) and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online, is the largest multi-faith online community for spirituality and inspiration. Its mission is to help people find and walk a spiritual path that instills comfort, hope, clarity, strength and happiness for people who are exploring their own faith or curious about others. Beliefnet is the definitive source of spiritual information presented without defined editorial point-of-view, and is a leading authority for major news organizations in the United States. It covers an exhaustive range of topics and is continually enhanced by its users. Resources include blogs and social networking tools, feature articles and videos, quizzes, devotionals, photo galleries and interviews with noted politicians, celebrities and spiritual leaders. Beliefnet has more than 14 million newsletter subscribers and averages nearly 3 million unique visitors per month. Beliefnet is not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.

About BN Media

The mission of BN Media is to serve the vast online market for spirituality and inspiration, bringing audio-visual and written content to the masses while helping people make a difference for their favorite nonprofit organization. BN Media achieves this by bridging the gap through which ordinary activities inspire activism, online giving and volunteerism.

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