The Cabell Brand Hope Award

Cabell Brand — founder of TAP, which is celebrating 55 years of service — was a tireless advocate for a wide spectrum of issues. He generously gave his time and efforts to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

To honor his legacy of service, each year TAP presents The Cabell Brand Hope Award to a community member who is nominated by their peers.

Criteria for Hope Award Nominees

Nominees must:

  • Have an extended interest in anti-poverty efforts, literacy (education), or the environment
  • Volunteer in their community and show a long-term dedication over time
  • Exemplify one or more of the following characteristics: grassroots community changer, risk-taker, champion for the cause, persistent, relentless, challenger of the status quo, change leader
  • Reside in: Alleghany County, Bath County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, Covington, Lexington, Vinton, Salem, or another southwest Virginia community.

Past Honorees

Nancy Agee, 2021
Ted Edlich, 2020
Reverend Kathy O’Keeffe, 2019
Dr. Brenda Louise Hale, 2018
Dr. Rita Bishop, 2017
Peter Lewis, 2016
Pearl Fu, 2015

How to Submit a Nomination

Please fill out the information below, or send this form by mail and a one-page biography of the nominee via email to The biography of the nominee is required. Submissions received without a biography will not be considered.

The annual deadline for applications is in early August.

Please note that a photograph will be required of the person selected for the award.