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Jan. 19—A Havre de Grace woman was surprised with a trip to Hawaii on "Today With Hoda & Jenna" for her nonprofit work in the community.
Pamela J. Craig, who goes by PJ, believed she was on the NBC daytime talk show Jan. 10 to play a trivia game. Instead, hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager announced that Craig, CEO of the Harford Community Action Agency in Edgewood, was being honored in their "Winter Wonderful" segment, which spotlights people "who go above and beyond in their communities," Kotb said.
Appearing virtually, a stunned looking Craig was joined by her daughter, Tatum Overbay, who nominated her for the honor.
"My mom is my absolute hero, inspiration and best friend," Overbay said in a video tribute. "Through her courage and kindness, and through her selflessness and compassion, I see the love she has — not only for the community but for me."
In the video, Craig was portrayed as a person who supports both her community and colleagues.
"She is one of the most compassionate individuals I know," said Kim Neely, senior director of the Harford Community Action Agency, which advocates for and works with residents suffering financial hardships. "She advocates for our community members who are our most vulnerable population."
The teary-eyed co-hosts had another surprise for Craig — a trip for her and her daughter to Maui, Hawaii.
When Kotb asked her why she chose a career in service, Craig said she's carrying on a legacy of philanthropy started by her grandmother and father.
"It's been a difficult two years, but I wouldn't trade it for anything," Craig said.