Please join us for a reception and screening of Midpen Media Center’s 12th Annual Local Hero Awards, honoring the six winners, who have overcome significant hardship or made outstanding contributions to the community. Celebrate these unsung heroes and hear their inspiring stories!
As a teenager, Paul Thiebaut III was a homeless drug dealer. At age 23 he read his first book and everything changed. He is now the creator of an innovative and highly successful teaching program, “10 Books A Home” for pre-school children in East Palo Alto.
Lucy Janjigian is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist who paints to advocate for the uprooted and disenfranchised populations of the world, including refugees and the homeless.
Norma Hesterman is not only a counselor and ardent volunteer at Gunn High School and a mother of four biological children, but she and her husband have also raised over 21 foster children – with a highly successful track record.
Hannah Cranch is an environmental activist and the co-creator of Fabmo, which rescues high-end designer materials that would otherwise end up as landfill and makes them available to the public, artists and craftspeople for creative reuse.
Erick Granados was one of many kids who suffered a difficult, abusive childhood in East Palo Alto – but one of few who decided to remain in the community to help other immigrant kids in the same situation. At the Boys & Girls Club, where he consistently puts in hours and efforts far “above and beyond,” he has become a trusted and respected role model for his community.
Jonathan Murphy was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 13. He now works as a successful actor and voice-over actor. In addition, he gives public presentations about autism to parents, educators and professionals in webinars, school assemblies, classes and conferences.
Midpen Media Center Studio, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7-9 pm.