News Story: Hometown Heroes Honored in Charlottesville at Fridays After Five

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Law Firm Honors “100 Hometown Heroes” at Fridays After Five

Posted: 11:22 PM Jul 9, 2010
Reporter: Jennifer Black
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July 9, 2010

After months of collecting nominations, the Richmond-based personal injury law firm Allen & Allen chose their list of “100 Hometown Heroes.” The law firm seeking nominations from all across central Virginia to help celebrate their 100th anniversary. Of the 100 heroes selected, 33 are from the Charlottesville area.

During the weekly Fridays After Five concert series at the Charlottesville Pavilion, staff from Allen & Allen and Mayor Dave Norris helped introduce the local heroes.

“We just wanted Charlottesville to be aware of people in the community who do make a difference every day, but don’t necessarily get the recognition that they deserve,” said Marlina Smith from Allen & Allen.

Janie Norris, one of the heroes recognized Friday night, runs a softball league for mentally and physically handicapped adults through Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.

“I was amazed to look out and see how all of them [heroes] came in such different shapes and sizes and ages and races,” said Norris.

All 100 heroes will be honored at a Flying Squirrels baseball game in Richmond in August.