Volume 31, Issue 11
November 10, 2005
"If it matters to you, it matters to The Pendulum.’
Hometown heroes heralded for deeds
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For the 12th year, five individuals were hon
ored at Elon’s Hometown Heroes ceremony
Selected by the Class of 2009 and sponsored
•^y the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual
L'fe, these heroes visited Elon to tell their st^
ries about their heroism and good dee s
^'roughout the country and the world.
Sarah Healey, vice president of the class o
2009, said in closing remarks of the ceremony
that took place on Monday, “True heroism can
Bobby Hoppey nominated his uncle, im
Hoppey, as a Hometown Hero. Tmi, a ew
''ferk City fu^fighter, responded to the 9/i
attacks with his East Harlem station. WhUe
dealing with the trauma of losing friends as a
result of the 9/11 attacks, he also had to support
He'Jdi net only does he wan. to be
ognized as a hero for being a firefighter, but
alS^cause he had the strength to see his
tought tot retimg » hi*
Honduras in 1998 would be relaxmg and stress
nmfit organization El Progreso and
?^Ninos, a rehabUitation center for street chil-
^raddictedtoinhalants. The center provides
tS-e haven for the kids, a five-t^s,x month
detox program and an education center where
they can leam trades and go to school.
Rachel Teem introduced her father as one of
this year’s Hometown Heroes. Michael Teem,
who is a 23-year veteran of the Raleigh, N.C.
Police Department, is also the Chairman of the
International Torch Run Executive Council.
He has led the Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics for 17 years. Over
85,000 police officers are involved in this and
in the past year $21.2 million has been raised.
Mariliana Morales traveled from San Jose,
Costa Rica to receive her award and recogni
tion. Nominated by Kristen Rice, Mariliana
founded the Rahab Foundation in San Jose as
a way for prostitutes to escape the constant
cycle of prostitution.
With Kristea translating for Mariliana, they
explained how the foundation helps to give the
prostitutes back their dignity, help them to
restore their dreams and make money in a
Zachary Smith nominated Stan Wiebe,
director of Raleigh’s urban ministry “Building
Together Ministries.” The store sells donated
clothes, furniture and toys to low-income fam
ilies. Wiebe said his personal motivation is a
call from God to be faithful to him and to serve
others around him.
The profit made from his store is used to
support a children’s home, churches, schools
and a small craft industry in Haiti. Smith feels
that Wiebe demonstrates genuine compassion
that is rarely seen in today’s society.
Contact Natasha Nader at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 278-7247.
Freshmar^ Zachary Smith norriinated ■ Ministries.'' Katie
"'Oilman /.acnary — Kr,ni^ries
f^leigh's urban ministry, "Building To^ ^ wjebe.
Bigarel, freshman class senator, presents Smith
iRachel Teem (right) nominated her dad, Michael
because he has led the Law Enforcement Torch Run
for the Special Olympics for 17 years. Mailer/
White, freshman class senator, presents them.
S fay Kristen Rice for her aid in helping prosututes fomn a new hfestyle^
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