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True Heroes

Each year we spotlight 10 exceptional True Heroes who have distinguished themselves during the past 12 months by going above and beyond to serve our communities in the areas of healthcare, education, volunteerism, philanthropy, hospitality, arts, culture, and more. Meet the dedicated people who help veterans heal, feed hungry schoolkids, develop Native leaders, and strive to make their communities better.

Meet the 2023 True Heroes

2023 True Heroes

True Heroes / Dec. 20, 2023

True Heroes 2023: Carolyn Olson

For more than half a century, the Special Olympics coach has won gold in the hearts of her athletes and everyone else…

True Heroes / Dec. 13, 2023

True Heroes 2023: Nancy De Santis

Nancy De Santis and her husband, Rick Iannucci, strive to improve the lives of veterans and active military with the…

True Heroes / Dec. 13, 2023

True Heroes 2023: Leba Freed

The founder of the Wheels Museum honors the past while fueling the revival of the Albuquerque Rail Yards.

People / Dec. 06, 2023

True Heroes 2023: Carmen Baca

The longtime Las Vegas teacher and author tells stories that celebrate and preserve the special culture of her…

2021 True Heroes