Local Heroes Event

The Media Center hosted a special tenth anniversary celebration of the Media Center’s Local Hero Awards on Saturday, May 21. With standing-room- only, supporters filled the studio to honor this year’s recipients:






TAMAR SOFER-GERI is the founder and Executive Director of CarbDM – Seize Diabetes, a non-profit organization she created after her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

ASHLEY McINTYRE works with the other-abled community as an equestrian instructor through the adaptive riding program at BOK (as in “be OK”) Ranch.






ROGER VERNON SMITH is the founder and financial backer of MAM, Mothers Against Murder, a support and advocacy group for the families of murder victims.

MICHAEL JONES draws upon his own life’s challenges to help children as the Unit Director for the Peninsula Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

is a therapist who volunteers her time to sit with the dying, through hospice care,especially for the under-served community.
Anderson, Virginia








The evening included short videos profiling the winners, which are now airing on our channels and will remain on the Media Center’s YouTube channel at:

To nominate YOUR Local Hero for next year’s event, contact:

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