Two local stalwarts were honored last month with an award calling them something many in the Wood River Valley already do: “Hometown Heroes.”
Reginald Reeves and Peggy Elliott Goldwyn were among 10 Idahoans recognized by the JRM Foundation, receiving medals to celebrate a lifetime of giving in their personal and professional lives.
Reeves, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who splits time between Sun Valley and Idaho Falls, serves as executive director of the Sun Valley Charitable Foundation, and chairman emeritus of the I Have a Dream Foundation—Idaho, which guarantees tuition assistance for 45 Wood River High School freshmen.
His preference for charity is hands-on. A lawyer by trade, Reeves also provides pro-bono counsel for active military and veterans. He collects food and merchandise from businesses across southern Idaho to donate to families in need; his work has reached between 800 and 1,000 families, according the JRM Foundation. And, since 1950, he’s donated some 49 gallons of his own blood to the American Red Cross.
Peggy Goldwyn, of Sun Valley, earned the distinction through her advocacy for and mentorship of women—particularly in the entertainment industry.
A screenwriter, director and producer, Goldwyn served as vice president of the Samuel Goldwyn Co. for 17 years before founding the Family of Woman Film Festival in 2008, in the Wood River Valley.
The festival “uses filmmaking as a platform to raise awareness on social issues regarding women and children around the world, while simultaneously creating opportunities for other filmmakers and storytellers who stand up for women’s rights,” the foundation said in its citation for her award.
The JRM Foundation for Humanity handed out the awards during a Sept. 8 banquet in Pocatello.
Founded by Drs. Naeem and Fahim Rahim in 2010, the organization funds philanthropic causes worldwide, with an emphasis on women’s and children’s health and education.
The Hometown Hero medal, which began a year later, recognizes those that share similar values closer to home.