Comcast has announced Jes Ferreira as the recipient of the 2022 Comcast Community Champion of the Year.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ferreira wanted to find a way to give back. And despite putting on events every weekend following the NASCAR circuit as the senior director of live shows for CMS Production, she wanted to earn her foster parent license.
Ferreira earned her license and became a foster parent for one child. However, a few months later, that child’s younger sibling needed a foster home. Ferreira stepped in to foster the parent, believing the siblings should be together.
“I am overwhelmed, humbled and blown away to be recognized as the Comcast Community Champion of the Year,” Ferreira said in a statement. “The amount of support this will provide for the Charlotte foster families ensures the best services for these children. I hope this sheds light on the foster community and encourages everyone to support in many different ways.”
By becoming the eighth Comcast Community Champion, Ferreira’s affiliated charity, Foster Village Charlotte, will receive a $60,000 donation from Comcast.
“Jes encompasses everything the Comcast Community Champion of the Year stands for,” Matt Lederer, vp of brand partnerships and amplification at Comcast, said. “Anyone that is at the track knows how dedicated Jess is to the sport of NASCAR, and we are so glad we expanded the eligibility for this award so we can uncover and honor the compassion, selflessness and generosity Jess provides off the track, and that is what makes this honor so special.”
FVC is an organization that allows foster parents to connect with and support one another. It collaborates with 16 private foster parent licensing agencies, local government, child welfare organizations and the community to serve families holistically and represent the foster family voice to Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.
This was the first year that Comcast opened the Community Champion of the Year award to anyone who had a 2022 credential. After all the submissions were in, Ferreira was chosen by a panel that consisted of Comcast and NASCAR executives, as well as Curtis Francois (track president of World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway), who was the recipient of the award in 2021.
Other finalists Josh Williams and Sherry Pollex will receive $30,000 for their selected charity. Williams represented the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for his work in children’s hospitals, while Pollex is the founder of Sherry Strong, which brings awareness for women to know their bodies, recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer and learn how integrative practices may complement conventional medicine.
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Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.