2013 Richardson Real Heroes

Six Richardson Residents Named Real Heroes 

Literacy, Jr. Achievement Volunteers named 2013 Real Heroes of the Year

RICHARDSON, Texas   At the annual recognition event, the Richardson Real Heroes
committee celebrated the volunteer endeavors of four individual volunteers and
a duet of volunteers who give of their time together;  Honored as 2013 Real Heroes finalists
(April 17, 2013) – Four individuals, a couple and a duo are the latest honorees in a Richardson initiative to recognize people who quietly make a difference to city residents. These eight Richardson Real Heroes were honored in a special event recently held at the Richardson Civic Center.

  • Barbara
    Berthold, member of Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson Texas, and
    president of The Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) board of
  • Linda Carrington and Kathy Heick, volunteer organizers with the Richardson WildRace! / WildRun!
  • Howard
    Kennedy, founder and currently volunteer coordinator for the First
    Richardson Handyman ministry sponsored by First United Methodist Church
  • Sabih
    Khan, president of the DECA chapter at Richardson High School that
    committed to supporting elementary school students through Junior
  • Linda
    Reed, president of NETWORK of Community Ministries

Capping the event, it was announced that the Real Heroes committee
chose Barbara Berthold and Sabih Khan as the dual Real Heroes of the Year for



“Selection of both Barbara and Sabih underscores a core truth about volunteerism – that selflessly serving others knows no age boundaries.  While Barbara is following a path common to adult volunteers, that of giving back to organizations that have played a pivotal role in their lives, Sabih is creating of a pattern of giving time before fully experiencing the value of receiving time from others,” said Chelsea Schmidt, 2012 chair of the Richardson Real Heroes committee.  “It’s the mix of both approaches that we get a picture of where volunteerism is in our Richardson community and, more importantly, where it’s going in the future.”

According to Schmidt, the Richardson Real Heroes committee expects
to increase its focus on identifying worthy honorees from the student sector in
the coming year.

0in’>“There’s a common misperception that our younger generation is less engaged in volunteer activities than their parents or grandparents.  We believe there’s evidence to the contrary and, as is our purpose in general, we intend to seek out unsung heroes of all ages for recognition in the 2014 ceremony,” added Schmidt.0in’>The Richardson Real Heroes Award was created in 2010 by the Richardson Coalition, a non-partisan community group dedicated to promoting economic progress and the preservation of the city’s values and quality of life. 0in’> The search for the 2014 Real Heroes will begin
late this fall; Richardson residents and community organizations are encouraged
to start considering volunteers making a difference in the community now in
preparation for the nominating process. 

For more information about the Richardson Real Heroes program, visitwww.richardsonrealhero.org