Local Artwork Presented to March of Dimes Citizen of the Year
December 15, 2008RICHMOND, VA — An abstract painting by Marion, Va. artist Duane Cregger was presented by the March of Dimes of Virginia to Eva Teig Hardy as part of her Citizen of the Year Award.
Cregger donated the painting in recognition of the work Hardy has done for the March of Dimes and Cregger's own experience with the organization. Wayne Sawyers, a close relative of Cregger's from Marion, was stricken with polio in the 1940s. His family received essential medical care and equipment from the March of Dimes. Sawyers later graduated from William and Mary Law School, became a successful lawyer and father, and was elected as a substitute judge in Dublin, Va.
At the awards ceremony held in Richmond on Nov. 18, 2008, The March of Dimes announced the creation of the Eva Teig Hardy Community Grant. Hardy is a former state secretary of health and human resources and the highest-ranking female executive at Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion. Throughout the years, Hardy has shown volunteer leadership with the March of Dimes, most notably as state chairperson for the Virginia Government Team, which raised more than $250,000. She also serves on the SunTrust Richmond Community board, the University of Virginia Center for Politics advisory board, the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy board of directors, and is vice chair of the State Council for Higher Education.