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...