Do-Gooders Honored at History Makers Awards

RICHMOND (WRIC)—On Tuesday evening the Valentine Richmond History Center opened its doors to the city to honor five organizations that are making a difference.

The honorees span the spectrum. One group works to preserve the beauty of the Route 5 corridor.

“It's an obvious tourism draw, so we're trying to promote for the entire world that when they come to Virginia, they need to take five—take Route 5,” said Nicole Anderson Ellis of the Route 5 Corridor Coalition.

The Bon Secours Care A Van, a service that takes healthcare out of the office and onto the streets, was also recognized.

“For many people, it's even hard to get transportation to a doctor,” said Dr. Janet Eddy of Bon Secours. “So, providing care in people's neighborhoods, we take away those barriers.”

The three other organizations that were recognized on Oct. 15 all focus on education. The READ Center teaches literacy skills to adults.

“I think it's one of the best things that has happened to us recently,” said Harriet Scruggs of the READ Center.

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond was also honored for its work in early child development.

Jacque Hale of SBGR said, “It really is workforce development. We're building the workforce of the future so Richmond can have a thriving economy.”

Lastly, the Middle College GED Program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College was honored.

“This is recognizing the efforts of the over 600 students who have come through our program and have shown the determination and fortitude to continue through the program, get their GED and continue on with college coursework,” said Mary Jo Washko of J. Sargeant Reynolds.

The History Makers Award ceremony is an opportunity for the public to see those who so often do their good work behind the scenes.

Bill Martin, the director of the Valentine Richmond History Center said, “The folks we honor tonight are really the people that will be part of our history books.”

8News was a sponsor of Tuesday night's event; anchor Amy Lacey was the emcee.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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