Two of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013 have ties to the Lake Norman area.

The cable news channel has recognized Dale Beatty and Robin Emmons for their contributions in bettering their communities. Each received $50,000 for being named finalists for the CNN Hero of the Year contest. 

Other heroes hail from all over the world, including New Jersey, Kenya and Cameroon. They face stiff competition from Beatty and Emmons, who are no strangers to national recognition.

People Magazine and EBONY Magazine have profiled Emmons as part of features on neighborhood heroes. The Huntersville resident founded Sow Much Good, a Charlotte nonprofit that ensures food justice for those in need. 

Beatty was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2011. The story was about “the new greatest generation.” After losing both legs in an explosion while serving in Iraq, Beatty returned to Iredell County and started Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit that repairs disabled veterans’ homes.

An online vote helps determine who will become CNN Hero of the Year. The winner gets $250,000.

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