Building Hope In Hernando Heroes' Gala highlight eight dedicated individuals from the community who are working quietly as volunteers with organizations to make Hernando County a better place to live.

The Black tie event started off with a cocktail hour to give attendees a chance to mingle and check out the silent auction items located outside on the balcony. Magician De Wayne Hill entertained guests with magic tricks as he strolled through during the cocktail hour and the first part of dinner. Southern Hills Plantation Club provided hors d'oeuvres and an amazing dinner spread prepared in the clubhouse kitchen.

After Dinner, keynote speaker, Senator Wilton Simpson spoke about volunteers and volunteering. Following Senator Simpson, Sarah Duncan and Beth Powanda presented awards to the heroes nominated along with their stories. Cheryl McCormick was named 2013 Hero of the Year, She is a volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem program. It is a nationwide program of volunteers who advocate for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and removed from their homes by the court. The court-appointed volunteers advocate for a child's "immediate interests. As Hero of the Year, Habitat for Humanity donated $1,000 to the Guardian ad Litem program. The combined sponsorship, advertising sales and ticket sales from the event will provide funding to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in Hernando County and build homes through Habitat for Humanity for low-income families.

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