Characters Unite Award Winner Will Be Toasted

Tomorrow, USA Network and Suddenlink will honor Jan Lilly-Stewart of Charleston, W. Va., as a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals who have made significant efforts to fight prejudice and discrimination, while increasing tolerance and acceptance. Lilly-Stewart is the director and founder of Fair Shake Network, a grassroots advocacy association of West Virginians dedicated to a “fair shake” for people with disabilities.“Jan has overcome so much herself, yet has dedicated her life to creating an inclusive society for people with disabilities, one that is strengthened and empowered by diversity,” said Suddenlink Atlantic Region Director of Community Relations Michael Kelemen. “Suddenlink is proud to recognize Jan and all those who support the acceptance of all people in our community.”

Selected from hundreds of nominees, Lilly-Stewart is one of eight award recipients across the country being recognized during “Characters Unite Month.” She is being honored tomorrow during a hometown award ceremony, held by USA and Suddenlink, at Fair Shake’s headquarters at the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center. Lilly-Stewart will be featured on-air and online in a Characters Unite public service announcement featuring Reshma Shetty, star of the USA Network hit series “Royal Pains.” She will also receive a $5,000 grant for her work from USA Network and Suddenlink.