Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Jummy Olabanji, co-anchor of News4 Today, joins the members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, for the 35th Annual Prince William Valor Awards. The event will be on March 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; the official program will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the Prince William Valor Awards are held annually to recognize men and women in uniform who go above and beyond the call of duty in keeping the Prince William region and its people safe and secure: local superheroes. For the second year in a row, this event will be held virtually, streaming on Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube Live. To register, go to PWChamber.org/Valor, or call 703.368.6600.
Olabanji, serving as Master of Ceremonies, will read aloud the stories of the various acts of valor. Incidents for which heroes are being honored include a drowning prevention, lifesaving emergency medical treatment, suicide prevention and many other dangerous situations.
About Jummy Olabanji
Jummy Olabanji is the co-anchor of the News4 Today team, reporting each morning from the Live Desk. A native of Fairfax County, Olabanji has spent most of her life in Virginia, attending Westfield High School and Virginia Tech. She earned a Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Olabanji started her journalism career as an intern for NBC4. She has also worked for CNN, WTKR-TV in Norfolk, WCAV-TV in Charlottesville and WNBC-TV in New York, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.
She has been honored for her work with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards for breaking news anchor coverage, two Virginia Associated Press Awards and seven EMMY Awards. Olabanji is an advocate for organ donation and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Olabanji lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.
The Valor Awards
Awards are given in the Valor and Investigative Categories. Valor Awards recognize bravery and heroism, often in life-threatening situations where quick thinking and ingenuity are valuable. The Investigative Awards highlight work such as crime scene processing, evidence analysis and detailed work leading to the successful closing of major cases.
This event has been prepared in advanced with the help of Prince William County Department of Economic Development. From 2:00 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a virtual networking portion with the official program beginning at 2:30 p.m. Participants must register on Zoom to partake in the Virtual Networking portion of the event. The official program will also be shared on Facebook Live and YouTube. The 2020 Virtual Event had over 5,000 views on Facebook.
Statement from the Chamber
“The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 35th annual Valor Awards. The Valor Awards is more than just an award ceremony, it is a celebration of the men and woman who display the strength of mind and spirit that enables them to confront danger with firmness and personal bravery. It is our opportunity to say thank you to them and their families for going above and beyond while making sacrifices that make our community a safer place”. Debbie Jones, President & CEO, Prince William Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsors include Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Youth For Tomorrow, Prince William County Economic Development, John Marshall Bank, NOVEC – Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, Elite Shooting Sports, LLC, Capital Caring Health, EIDOS Technologies, LLC, The Prince William Chamber’s Quality of Life Vision Partner Zeiders Enterprises, Inc. and The Prince William Chamber’s Founding Vision Partner Dominion Energy.