Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Names Weekly Winners of Homespun Hero Contest!

By June 28, 2017Uncategorized

(June 27, 2017) – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is proud to announce their Homespun Hero of the week!

Kasey Johnson nominated her Dad, Jerry Johns. Jerry has been a member of the Bardin Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief from 1984-2016. He has passed the reigns of chief to another member, but still continues to volunteer for the department.

He works 40 hours a week, sometimes more, and also attends and holds a position at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. He is the first one to offer help during times of need. He has been seen in 90+ mph winds during a hurricane cutting trees and clearing debris from the roads.

His family is proud of him and pleased to nominate him as a homespun hero!

Jasmine Dennis nominated
Lisa Wilgus, Director of Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center. Lisa goes above and beyond to help the mothers of her community and their families. Lisa makes everyone feel welcome and part of the family. She is passionate about the community and helping others.

Dominic Hall was nominated.
Dominic is a great male role model for our community. He has taken his 6-year-old nephew Trevaughn under his wing. Tre is going through a rough time, and Dominic has taken time to mentor him and get him enrolled in beneficial programs. Dominic is a kind-hearted and exemplary member of our community.

Taylor Nickerson was nominated by her mom. At 9-years-old, Taylor is a terrific helper. She listened to past Homespun Hero Ms. Patricia Blanco on the radio, and Taylor wanted to enter the contest too. She volunteers at the library by shelving books, helping kids use the gaming systems, and reading stories during story time. At her elementary school, she assists her teachers, and at home she reads to her brothers and encourages them to read as well.


Winners receive a prize pack from Ripley’s including a lifetime pass to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and will be registered for Super Hero Sweepstakes grand prize of $2500 plus $2500 for their favorite charity.

If you would like to nominate someone who makes a difference in our community, please go to  Winners will be announced weekly throughout the summer. This program is part of Ripley’s Superhero Summer, which includes Marvel® character appearances over the summer with a portion of all proceeds on appearance days going to charity, and a Sweepstakes of $2500 for the winner and $2500 for their favorite charity.

On character appearance days, Ripley’s will show the film Look to the Sky by producer Brett Culp. Look to the Sky is a full-length film about children who have overcome incredible obstacles to give back. It is a truly inspirational film that celebrates the theme of our Superhero Summer, giving back and helping our community.


Suzanne Smagala-Potts
Public Relations Manager
Ripley Entertainment
Office: 407-345-8010 Cell: 727-439-0136

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 14 million people visit its 100-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in countries around the world. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the second-largest privately held company in Canada.

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