PORTSMOUTH – April will mark the presentation of the 5th annual PPMtv Inspiration Awards. PPMtv, as the Portsmouth area's only public access television station, takes a moment each year to acknowledge those members of the community who have contributed in self-less ways toward enriching our lives.
This year, the Inspiration Awards will honor three members of the community who cover a wide range of care and discipline.
Valerie Cunningham has made her mark on the Seacoast as an historic preservationist, founder of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and coordinator of their Sankofa Tours. She is also a co-founder of the New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail and is an independent researcher, writer and lecturer.
Leo Gagnon possesses the true meaning of inspiration as well as dedication and compassion. Gagnon has served on multiple committees and boards including Pro Portsmouth, Portsmouth Listens, the Workforce Housing Coalition, Leadership Seacoast, the Rockingham Planning Commission, Taste of the Nation/No Kid Hungry, and is currently President elect for the Portsmouth Rotary Club
Gloria Graves-Fichter founded Seacoast Santa in 2009. Her first year she drove and delivered the "gently used" toys she collected. Today, she has storage spaces, a distribution location with one or two days for people to pick up, has switched to new items, and used clothing for both adults and children. She also runs a fundraiser to keep things going and works it all year-round in addition to a full-time job.
The 5th annual awards broadcast will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and be broadcast onr PPMtv Comcast Channell 98 as well as over the PPMtv YouTube Channel. Reservations for the live event, held at the PPMtv studios at 280 Marcy St. in Portsmouth, can be made at www.ppmtvnh.org.