Charleston-Area Leader Receives Prestigious National Award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man known around Charleston for his smile and his energy is being honored for his outstanding public service and leadership.

Jim Strawn, whose day job is with Highland Hospital, has spent the last few days in our nation's capital to receive the Jefferson Award.

According to the organization's website, "We are the country's longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Through our programs we train and empower individuals to serve and lead in their communities, amplifying their impact through our vast network of media partners, mentors and volunteers."

During his time in Washington, Strawn was able to meet with Jefferson Award recipients from across the country. The prestigious award has been bestowed on several high-profile individuals such as NBC's Tom Brokaw, baseball player Mariano Rivera and former Melrose Place Star Andrew Shue.

Strawn hosts weekly television programs related to his work at Highland Hospital. He spends nearly every weekend at charity events serving as the emcee and/or auctioneer. He is also the familiar face welcoming the crowds each summer Friday night at Live on the Levee.

Strawn was nominated by Charleston-area physician, Dr. Joe Farris, for his tireless work in the community.

To see various photos from the event, click on the web gallery above.


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