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Trailblazer Awards Gala to be held today

CHARLESTON — The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs will hold its second annual Trailblazer Awards Gala 6:30 p.m. today at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

The ceremony honors people who make a significant impact in communities. Winners will be announced.

Four awards will be presented this year:

Groundbreaker: Someone who has demonstrated, in their youth, they have already begun to have a positive impact on their community.

Pioneer: Someone who has been identified as an emerging leader by their peers. They have a record of service in underserved communities.

Trendsetter: Someone who has at least five years of documented service to marginalized communities, exhibit superior leadership abilities, has impacted numerous lives and are highly respected by their peers.

Trailblazer: The highest honoree, the Trailblazer is someone who has risen above the call of duty in their career or in volunteer service. Their contributions are significant, and their accomplishments numerous. Their commitment to excellence is evident in various aspects of their life and their community impact is deep. They are a role model who contributes to the greatness of West Virginia.

“This year’s honorees are a positive force in their communities,” said Jill Upson, director of the Henderson Office. “I cannot think of a more perfect way to close out Black History Month than to celebrate those who exemplify the greatness of West Virginia.”

Comedian Dave Temple will emcee the show and provide a special show for those in attendance. A plated meal will also be served, followed by dancing and live music by Somethin’ Special.

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