Meet the 25 Everyday Heroes
Get ready to meet the Everyday Heroes of Central Ohio.
After a bruising and polarizing election season, the Dispatch Media Group (DMG) was inspired to showcase 25 residents who quietly work to heal, unite and improve our communities.
So we put out a call for nominations to recognize members of the Columbus area whose extraordinarily selfless acts set them apart in these divisive times.
We received 118 recommendations and our panel of judges selected five finalists and 20 semifinalists.
To highlight their achievements, we created a special publication through the combined efforts of The Columbus Dispatch, ThisWeek Community News and Dispatch Magazines.
See below to learn their stories, from a 14-year-old girl who has led a drive to give away more than 40,000 books; a volunteer who’s served at a suicide prevention hotline for nearly 30 years; a woman who founded an organization to help families affected by childhood cancer; a former addict who aids people with addictions. And even a drag queen who has raised more than $1 million in charitable contributions.
Rarely has what they accomplished earned big headlines, but their collective works over time have made an immeasurable impact on countless lives, making a significant difference in our communities.
We salute them.
— Bradley M. Harmon, President
Dispatch Media Group
— Ray Paprocki, Publisher
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Meet the Everyday Heroes
The Dispatch Media Group is showcasing Central Ohio residents who quietly work to heal, unite and improve our communities. After receiving nominations, a panel of editors and readers selected 25 people whose extraordinarily selfless acts set them apart in these divisive times.
The Everyday Heroes will be honored at a luncheon at The Boat House Restaurant, 679 W. Spring St., on Sept. 19 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The program begins promptly at noon.
Individual tickets are $25 and tables of eight are available for $175. Tickets available here now until Sept. 15.
Each honoree will be recognized in a special publication produced by The Columbus Dispatch, ThisWeek Community News and Dispatch Magazines that will arrive with the Sept. 9 issue of the Dispatch.