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Writer and Dance Event Boss Barbie Wharton is Today’s Honoree

I write and speak onstage about things that have happened to me and how I have grown from them. Depression, anxiety, Bells Palsy, major concussion in 2017.  My decision to take meds to help me through various stages, losing my … Continue reading

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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York Food Service Manager Doug Patton is Today’s Honoree

In his 20 years on the job, Patton has always tried to keep a sunny disposition – and plenty of so-called “dad jokes” on hand. (e.g., “Where do ships go when they are sick? Well, the dock of course!”) Patton’s … Continue reading

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Art Historian Ann Millett-Gallant is Today’s Honoree

Ann is an art historian, disability studies scholar, and visual artist who specializes in painting and collage. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently serves as a Senior Lecturer … Continue reading

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Author John C. Neyland is Today’s Honoree

John C. Neyland was born into a troublesome home environment in South Louisiana. With an abusive father and a depressed, alcoholic mother, John experienced a hurtful and unloving childhood. At the age of fifteen, shortly after meeting the love of … Continue reading

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Plus Size Model Melinda Parrish is Today’s Honoree

Melinda Parrish began modeling at the age of 16 in Columbus, OH.  After deciding to take a break from modeling to pursue a college education, she attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2007, and was commissioned as … Continue reading

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Author Anthony Baxter is Today’s Honoree

A new beginning for oneself, and a future of educating others A recovering addict and former criminal, Anthony Baxter rebuilt his life and follows his dream of becoming a psychologist. Baxter continues to inspire others who have experienced similar struggles … Continue reading

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Author Christine Horner is Today’s Honoree

We’re all hardwired into our DNA with the ability to lead. In general, human advancement requires the realization that each one of us has an essential role to fulfill to lead humanity into a new era of true equality and … Continue reading

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Life Coach Tony A. Gaskins, Jr. is Today’s Honoree

Tony A. Gaskins Jr., the son of a former pastor, was raised in a loving home along with a younger sister in a small central Florida town where most people believed that there were only a few avenues one could … Continue reading

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Next Galaxy Corp Founder Mary Spio is Today’s Honoree

Among Mary Spio’s many accomplishments, she is best known for creating and holding patents on the technology used to digitally release feature films. Mary and her team at Boeing worked with LucasFilms to be the first to digitally distribute major motion … Continue reading

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Author Jayne Grant is Today’s Honoree

A light shines bright at the end of the tunnel. Even when things get tough, hope can be found. In her book, “Déjà Vu,” Jayne Grant tells a thrilling story of danger, adventure and romance. Leaving her home in California, … Continue reading

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