Every community has a hero. It’s time to know their stories.
The Music Mom – Renaissance Music Academy
The Renaissance Music Academy teaches stringed instruments, piano and music theory classes to 300 students each year.
The Energizer – Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit that works closely with Jason in its fight for clean and equitable energy across the Appalachian region.
The Overcomer – Together We Bake
Hanna Teklu is so many things: courageous, driven, compassionate, intelligent, warm…just to name a few. Ultimately, she’s impossible not to be drawn to. And that is a gift she is using to transform the lives of dozens of women.
Jane Doe – Children’s Trust
15,277 children were abused or neglected in this Children’s Trust coverage area in 2020. See the heart-wrenching way they were honored.
The Feeder – Rescue Mission of Roanoke
As the leader of Manna Ministries – a branch of the Rescue Mission of Roanoke in southwest Virginia – Pam oversees the assembly and distribution of hundreds of food boxes every week.
The Animal Queen – Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary
If your guest room is reserved for wild animals only, you and Nathou Attinger would be friends.
The Advocate – Center for Civilians in Conflict
Marla saved lives and ensured that lives will be saved for years to come. Oh, to imagine what more she could have accomplished if given more time.
The Welcomer – McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center
Beryle has been attending and volunteering at every performance she can get to across the state. Lately, she’s found her home at McGregor Hall, where she spreads her love of the stage by welcoming every guest that walks in.
The Family Man – Jubilee Housing
Jorge doesn’t show up for the accolades. He doesn’t wait until someone is watching so they can tell him what a good person he is. He does what he does because he is taking care of his family. It’s something he learned from his mom back in Colombia: your fellow human beings mean something.