With 2012 coming to a close, NBC Charlotte wants to know who is the Queen City's Person of the Year? We want to know who you believe has made the biggest impact in Charlotte during 2012.
We selected the five nominees, and these are the voting results:
1. (63%) Ricky Berens, Olympic gold medalist: Born and raised in Charlotte, the 24-year-old swimmer took home gold this summer in the 4x200 freestyle relay team in London. (#Berens)
2. (17%) David Marsh, CEO of SwimMAC Carolina: One of the most prestigious swimming coaches in the nation, he helped lead the U.S. Olympic swim team and SwimMAC Carolina stars in London. (#Marsh)
3. (6%) Beverly Howard, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes: Howard leads the local organization that has helped deliver groceries to thousands of people in need. (#Howard)
4. (9%) Leon and Sandra Levine: From buildings to scholarships and much more, the philanthropist couple continues to pour money and their hearts into Charlotte. (#Levine)
5. (5%) Brenda Stevenson, Pastor of New Outreach Ministries: She has made tremendous efforts to help the homeless and less fortunate in the Charlotte area through donations, fundraising and more. (#Stevenson)
Users could vote by tweeting to @wcnc using the appropriate hashtag listed next to the nominee above. Or, voters could submit their choice by texting the corresponding number (1 through 5) of the nominee to 334-38.
Voting opened December 19 at 4 a.m. and closed on December 21 at 5 p.m. Users could vote once per hour. The winner will be announced on Thursday, December 27.