It was a celebration of people taking action! We’re talking about 12 of our most popular People Taking Action Award stories on wtkr.com over the past year.
Today at an awards luncheon at the Town Point Club in Downtown Norfolk, NewsChannel 3 and our community partner Southern Bank honored these 12 recipients and to announce the person who received the most votes as the 2014 People Taking Action Humanitarian Award winner. But first, who are the 12 nominees?
4) Jeff Stewart has the nick-name “The One Armed Bandit,” that’s what his friends call him after he lost his arm in a work place accident, but that doesn’t keep him from taking action for several charities.
5) United Auto Wholesalers is a Virginia Beach car dealership that helped a teenager stay on the road with her special charity. The owners agreed to take care of any vehicle repairs free of charge so this teen can continue taking action for local homeless people.
7) Patricia Wilgus is a very popular veteran educator at Bishop Sullivan High, who retired from the classroom. She was called back to fill in for a sick teacher and countless students wanted us to honor her for how she’s had an impact over the years.
8) John Shaw is a man who is making a difference for people living in a Norfolk retirement community by regularly bringing donated food to residents on fixed incomes. He’s known as Pastor John, and his message echoed by his actions–it’s better to give than receive.
And the 2014 People Taking Action Humanitarian Award winner is Jeff Stewart. He received a $2,500 travel gift certificate plus Southern Bank will contribute $1,000 to his favorite charity, which is the Cody Childers Memorial Fund.