Gahanna- The Give Smart Foundation

Congratulations to our December Hometown Heroes, Columbus Firefighter Shawn Smart and his wife Ashley. Firefighter Smart and his wife Ashley are the founders of The Give Smart Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization committed to lessening the burden of any...

Lewis Center- Teja Kancharlapalli

Congratulations to our November Hometown Hero, Teja Kancharlapalli. Teja founded Sahara-Columbus in March 2020 to help those affected by COVID-19. Sahara means “help” in Hindi, the national language of her native India. Her group focuses on getting children involved...

Powell-Krista Schrader

Congratulations to our October Hometown Hero, Krista Schrader. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Krista co-founded Magical Moments Foundation, a Columbus-based wish-granting charity that restores hope and dreams to children with facial differences that are the...

Pickerington- Ashley Gregg

Congratulations to our September Hometown Hero, Ashley Gregg. In 2018, Ashley’s son Deany passed away from brain cancer at the age of 7.  Through that pain came purpose.  For the last nine months, Ashley has been working at The James as a patient care associate and...

Westerville-Mick Yinger

Congratulations to our August Hometown Hero, Mick Yinger. Mick retired from the Columbus Division of Police where he spent 21 years. After the line-of-duty deaths of two Westerville police officers in February 2018, Mick saw the need for an organization to help all...

Columbus- Sexton Towns

Congratulations to our July Hometown Hero, Sexton Towns. Sexton is a 12-year, 2nd generation firefighter with the Columbus Fire Department. Sexton is the youngest Captain in Ohio and helps train Columbus fire cadets and recruits and is helping to write the next...

Westerville- Erin Focht

Congratulations to our May Hometown Hero, Erin Focht. Erin is a teacher at Westerville South and is consistently excellent in everything she does. Every single day Erin develops and implements individualized lesson plans for her students based on their personal goals....

Williamsport-Sharon Link

Congratulations to our March Hometown Hero, Sharon Link. Sharon is a true servant of the Westfall community. She works tirelessly as a high school special education teacher, collaborating with others to improve access for her students. She volunteers with the...

Columbus- Kay Werk and Lt. George Wallace

Congratulations to our February Hometown Heroes Kay Werk and Lt. Geroge Wallce. Kay is widely known among Columbus firefighters. She was inducted into the OSU College of Social Work Hall of Fame for her work helping to develop the division’s critical incident stress...

Columbus- Aury Fernandez

Congratulations to our January Hometown Hero, Aury Fernandez. Aury has done some outstanding work with “Help Your Neighbor Food Pantry.” Aury created a no contact system and personally distributes food boxes to over 100 families from her home. She also organized a toy...