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FOX 28 announces Jefferson Award winner for October 2017

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This month's Jefferson Award winner is Tracey Richburg. (Credit: Shelbey Roberts)

FOX 28 is a proud partner of the Jefferson Awards, a foundation that recognizes local heroes who help make their city better through community action. For the month of October, FOX 28 is recognizing Tracey Richburg from Savannah for her creative approach to tackling homelessness among local veterans.

“Cooking is a way to bring people together," Richburg said.

Although she claims she's no chef, Richburg and her fiancé, Mike Roberson, are cooking creative concoctions for a special cause.

“We have some jellies, we have jams, relishes, sauces, honey mustards; one of my favorites is the FROG Jam, which is made with figs, raspberries, orange and ginger," she stated.

The unique creations are good for spreading on food, but they’re even better for spreading support to local veterans in need. Some of the money from Richburg's sauce line and cookbook go toward Savannah’s “Tiny House Project”.

She said, "There are a lot of homeless camps in the area and homeless veterans and I’m an Army veteran, and one of the things, when I started the business, I wanted to use the business as a way to give back to the community.”

Richburg's business, the Savannah Sauce Company, teamed up with the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless. Her mission is to get more veterans off of the street and into the quaintly, crafted homes.

"It was just something that we gravitated towards and just wanted to help out and we thought it would be a worthy cause," said Richburg.

And she has big goals for the tiny houses.

She said, “Our personal goal is to sell a million books. If we can sell a million books we can help build a lot of houses.”

One recipe, one sauce and one veteran at a time, Richburg says she’s hoping to make a difference.

“Hopefully the cookbook is also another way to bring people together and the community together," she stated.

For more information on the Savannah Sauce Company and their community cause, visit their website.

Congratulations, Tracey Richburg! If you know a local hero that is making a positive difference in their community, nominate them for a Jefferson Award here.