Charlottesville's Hometown Heroes Honored at Ceremony
Friday, the Charlottesville community is celebrating some Hometown Heroes. The law firm Allen & Allen sifted through hundreds of nominations and chose 50 heroes to receive the special honor.
Charlottesville's Hometown Heroes will be honored at Fridays After Five in Charlottesville Friday night.
Elizabeth Breeden is one of 50 heroes recognized by Allen & Allen in 2013, but she'd never admit her service to Charlottesville is out of the ordinary.
"It's about the organizations that we work for, or that we're passionate about," said Breeden.
Breeden turns her faith into action, serving on PACEM's board of directors since churches in the program started welcoming the homeless into shelters in 2004.
"It's difficult to leave your home, and go out to people who are homeless, but if the homeless come to your home, that very act of hosting them and of getting to know them has changed the atmosphere of the town," said Breeden.
She sparks community-wide conversation about art and has brought 116 sculptures to Charlottesville as the manager of art in place.
"Art really is that glue that holds us together," said Breeden.
Breeden was chosen from a diverse pool of more than 450 Hometown Heroes nominations.
"We pretty much leave it to the community where the nominations come from to set the criteria of the person who is involved in some single incident of saving a person's life or it could be someone who's a community supporter who does things as a volunteer, who has done them for years very quietly," said Jack Berry, managing shareholder for Allen & Allen's Charlottesville office.
Breeden says heroism isn't solitary; it takes the whole community working together.
"The people who are in need are offering as much to the community as the people who think they are putting their hand out and the minute you think your hand is out, you know that's not true," said Breeden.
All of the heroes will be recognized on stage at the nTelos Pavilion in Charlottesville Friday night - and again in August at concerts in Fredericksburg and Richmond.
For for the full list of hometown hereos, click here.
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