Local Community College Honors Everyday Heroes

Thursday, April 12, 2018


An annual breakfast honors four men and 2 women for being Everyday Heroes. The Gadsden State Community College Cardinal Foundation hosted its Everyday Heroes Breakfast at the One Stop Center on the East Broad Street Campus. Honorees were selected from nominations from the community. Two of the honorees, Larry and Sue Guffey have advocated for the mentally ill for more than 25 years. They established the Centre chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 


The Guffeys have helped to implement crisis intervention team training to assist with law enforcement challenges in dealing with mental health issues. Another honoree, Gadsden State math instructor and tutor, Crystal Casey, has triumphed through personal hardships, including her son being born with Down Syndrome and serious heart problems but those difficulties don’t stop Casey from helping others. 


Other honorees include: Floyd Donald, owner of WMGJ, the area’s only African American owned radio station. Donald organizes the longest and oldest-standing Juneteenth Celebration in Alabama, as well as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day city-wide program. Scott Hilton is the founder of Eagle Rock Boys Ministries, a nonprofit that helps young men who have experienced abuse, neglect and poverty. Hilton has opened two thrift stores to help fund the expansion of his facility, which was opened in 1994. 


And finally, Gadsden City Schools Special Education Teacher and founder of Beautiful Rainbow Cafe, Chip Rowan. His teaching practices guide students to more successful interactions with the world around them. 


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