Local heroes honored at Jefferson Awards luncheon

Pictured from left to right are Emily Torchaina and Emily Hoisington.

Each month, ABC News 4 chooses one amazing person who's doing a lot of good in our community to win a Jefferson Award for community service.

At a luncheon Thursday, Jefferson Award winners from 2016 were honored and the winner who will represent Charleston in the national Jefferson Awards presentation in Washington, DC was announced.

A video of the luncheon is posted above.

PHOTOS: Jefferson Awards luncheon

Emily Torchiana was chosen for her work helping young adults contemplating suicide. See her story here!

The Jefferson Awards Foundation, founded in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service, empowers others to have a maximum impact on the things and people they care about the most.

They provide Jefferson Awards for Public Service at both the national and local levels to ordinary citizens who do extraordinary things without asking for recognition.

To see their stories, visit our Jefferson Awards section here.

Last year Emily Hoisington, a Lowcountry woman who started Charleston Hope, was recognized in the nation's capital for making a difference to kids in need.

ABC News 4 has committed to profile people in the Lowcountry who go above and beyond by giving their time and talents to help the people around them. It's all part of our partnership with the Jefferson Awards, a national organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating those who serve and lead.

If you would like to share someone's story of volunteerism who needs to be recognized, click here.

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