Action Ministries Names Gainesville’s Real-Life Hero as Honorary Action Hero

Carnegie Medal of Honor Recipient Tray Ross to Serve as Grand Marshal of Action Dash Gainesville

Family Friendly 5K Event Brings Out Inner Action Hero and Supports Efforts to Help Neighbors in Need

GAINESVILLE (August 27, 2013) – Action Ministries, one of Georgia’s leading nonprofits, recently conducted a formal investiture ceremony making Tray Hughes Ross, a Hall County Fire Services employee and recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Honor, an honorary Action Hero in recognition of his commitment to the people of Gainesville.

At the event, Action Ministries Gainesville Program Director Terri Armour spoke about Ross’s heroic act of rescuing a blind man from a burning building.

“An Action Hero is an ordinary person who goes out of their way to help someone in need or is someone in need who works through adversity toward self-sufficiency,” said Armour. “We are proud to have a real-life example of someone who went out of their way to help someone in need as our grand marshal for Action Dash.”

Action Dash Gainesville will be held on Labor Day at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus located at 3820 Mundy Mill Rd Oakwood, GA 30503 with the following schedule:

  • 6:30 a.m. – Race packet pick up and on-site registration
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5K begins
  • 8:45 a.m. – 1 mile Fun Run begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

Proceeds from the event will help Action Ministries provide the hunger, housing and education solutions that help our neighbors in need move toward independence.

Event and registration information is available at Join Action Dash online and follow it at and

Sponsors of this year’s event in Gainesville are BB&T, Turner Wood and Smith Insurance, Cresswind at Lake Lanier and Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar, LLP.



About Action Ministries

Action Ministries is a Georgia nonprofit that provides an extensive network of community partners and volunteers with the tools and expertise to lead fellow Georgians out of poverty. By meeting basic needs of hunger relief, housing and education, Action Ministries removes barriers that prevent thousands of Georgians from breaking the cycle of poverty and realizing their potential. Last year, nearly 65,000 people were served and many more lives changed by Action Ministries; however, according to the U.S. census, Georgia has the third highest poverty rate in the country and the need for services and support are much greater. For more information visit or


REAL-LIFE HERO AS ACTION HERO – Tray Hughes Ross, a local man who received the Carnegie Medal of Honor for the heroic act of rescuing a blind man from a burning building, was recently named an honorary Action Hero by Action Ministries. Ross will serve as grand marshal of the Action Dash 5K fundraiser for Action Ministries that will take place on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013 at the University of North Georgia campus. Shown (left to right) are Terri Armour, program director of Action Ministries Gainesville; Grand Marshal Tray Ross; and, Action Woman, the mascot of Action Dash 2013.

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