NC coffee shop owner wins ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ award

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Wilmington coffee shop owner Amy Wright took home CNN’s Hero of the Year award Sunday night.

Wright and 10 others were showcased on a prime time special, “CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute,” a program which recognizes how ordinary people set out to do extraordinary things and change the lives of others.

Wright started Bitty and Beau’s in 2016, which is named after her son Beau and her daughter Bitty, both whom have Down Syndrome. The shop employees around 40 people with disabilities.


Wright and the other 10 heroes already received a $10,000 cash award, however Wright will now take home an additional $100,000 to help fuel her continued cause of helping others with disabilities.

Donations made to each of their designated nonprofit organizations are also being matched up to $50,000.

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