Local outdoors advocate in the running for national prize

Published: Oct. 14, 2019 at 4:15 PM EDT
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A local advocate for the outdoors is in the running for a national prize, and she needs your help.

Diana Christopulos is one of nine award winners in the Cox Conserves Heroes program.

She's already won $10,000 for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

And she'll secure another $50,000 if she receives the most votes on line.

"And I've recently learned that we have a really good chance of winning even though California is in it, and there's only today and tomorrow to vote," Christopulos said Monday morning. "So I'm very excited that we could potentially get another $50,000 to help preserve Appalachian Trail and surrounding lands here in Virginia."

Christopulos was recognized for her work protecting the environment and preserving open spaces. She has served as president of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club and the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition.

To vote for Christopulos, visit the Cox Conserves Heroes website:

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