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Local heroes inspire positive change

Local heroes inspire positive change

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The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2017 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award in celebration of local acts of kindness and heroism.

“The winners of the 2017 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community and service,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “For more than 100 years, Allen & Allen has been inspired by everyday people who use their time and talents to enrich the lives of others.”

The public was asked to nominate local heroes who inspire positive change in and around our communities. The Hometown Heroes award has become an annual tradition at Allen & Allen, allowing the law firm to honor more than 400 individuals since 2010.

Three winners are from the Fredericksburg area.

Andie McConnell is the founder of the nonprofit Fairy Godmother Project, an organization that aims to alleviate stress from caregivers, families and patients of pediatric cancer. Her services range from household chores and grocery shopping, to offering financial assistance with medical bills. McConnell is dedicated to helping families through the struggle of cancer treatment, providing financial, emotional and daily life support.

Martina Myers is a 12-year-old activist for the autistic community and victims of domestic violence. She is an ambassador for the National Autism Awareness Foundation and the youngest member ever to be selected for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s summer training program. Martina takes an active role in the Fredericksburg community, volunteering her time at animal rescue shelters and working with senior citizens.

Jenny Witteborg, MaryRose Gonzalez, and Sallie Mae Pauley are advocates for language equality through LEAD-K, a nonprofit organization that aims to ensure pre-kindergarten deaf children have language skills before kindergarten. Witteborg, Gonzalez, and Pauley work tirelessly, presenting to educational groups and state legislators. They also work closely with advocates at the Federal level. They are passionate about bringing equal language awareness to the hearing community.

More information about the 2017 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award may be found at

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