Congratulations to the six Beacon Award recipients of the 2020-21 cohort! This year’s cohort is particularly special to The Hub, as it includes two stars on our team–board member Clara Lehmann and Community Development Coordinator Jenny Totten.
The West Virginia Beacon Awards, presented by Generation WV and the One Foundation, recognize, support, and connect young leaders between the ages of 18-40 who are working tirelessly with their communities to create lasting impact. Beacon Awards Winners are leaning in to existing challenges, digging into possible solutions, and most importantly, turning their ideas into action. The award winners serve as beacons in their communities and across the state, reminding us that even one person’s dedicated positive actions can truly make a difference.
Learn more about the recipients here:
Clara Lehmann grew up surrounded by dedicated and genuine community leaders in Helvetia, WV. In her own volunteering and professional filmmaking efforts, she attempts to mirror their commitment.
Volunteering as president of the Helvetia Restoration and Development Organization, Clara and a handful of volunteers built a playground, restored the museum, preserved cemetery headstones, and hosted traditional events celebrating Swiss heritage.
In addition to volunteering, Clara co-founded the creative studio Coat of Arms and directed her first feature-length documentary, “Born in a Ballroom.” Fulfilling a promise Clara made to her late grandmother, the film reveals a legacy committed to ancestry, rich tradition, and community. Clara hopes her grandmother’s story will ignite audiences to treasure the past while designing a fairer future.