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2018 Finalists

First Place Recipient: Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation

Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation is committed to finding better treatments and improving the quality of life for children battling childhood cancer, while striving to create awareness and educate for change.


Second Place Recipient: Elevate Orlando

ELEVATE Orlando is dedicated to giving Central Florida’s underserved youth a better and brighter future by providing high-risk high school students with positive adult influences and character development opportunities.


Third Place Recipient: IDignity

IDignity helps the disadvantaged in Central Florida through the complicated process of obtaining personal identification, such as birth certificates, ID cards and social security cards, which are essential for anyone to fully take part in society.


Finalists

Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc.

Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. is committed to educating culturally diverse communities with nutrition strategies in hopes of improving the community’s health and preventing diet-related diseases.


Zebra Coalition

Zebra Coalition strives to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in the young adult LGBT+ community of Central Florida, giving them opportunities to grow up in a safe and supportive environment.


La Amistad Foundation

Focused on enhancing the quality of life for adults with chronic mental illness, La Amistad Foundation provides individuals who suffer from mental illness with purpose and opportunities to engage in social relationships and activities.


Ideas for Us

IDEAS for Us works to manage and protect natural recourses through developing and funding innovative global sustainability solutions at a local level.


Orlando Repertory Theatre

Through family audience theater productions, The Rep aims to enlighten, entertain and enrich both the children and adults of Central Florida, while using its productions as platforms to advocate the value of literature and cultural diversity.


New Hope for Kids

New Hope for Kids provides support and council for families and children who are struggling with grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses through the services of its two programs: The Center for Grieving Children and Wish for Kids.


Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida focuses on building an inclusive community through exhibits, programs, initiatives and educational programs centered around the events of the Holocaust.

2017 Finalists

First Place Recipient: NextStep Orlando

NextStep Orlando provides specialized exercise-based recovery programs for those living with spinal cord injuries, giving them the opportunity to achieve their greatest recovery potential.


Second Place Recipient: Lighthouse Central Florida

Through teaching, training and caring, Lighthouse Central Florida gives people with sight impairment the skills they need to live independently and increase their quality of life.


Third Place Recipient: Florida Abolitionist

The aim of Florida Abolitionist is to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in Orlando by networking and facilitating preventative and restorative solutions.


Finalists

Page 15

Through a unique approach to reading and writing, Page 15 empowers students to explore their creativity and write their own future.


Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando educates, shelters, places and heals pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care maintained to the highest professional standards.


The Arbor School of Central Florida

The Arbor School of Central Florida’s mission is to provide a customized therapeutic and educational experience for special needs students ages 5-22 to help each child achieve their full potential.


The Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion’s mission is to be the Jewish connection for elder-care residents, enhancing their lives with friendly visits, holiday celebrations and engaging programs.


Hope CommUnity Center

Hope CommUnity Center is dedicated to empowering Central Florida's immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.


Freedom Ride

Freedom Ride provides therapeutic horseback riding for adults and children with disabilities such as spina bifida, autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and learning and developmental disabilities, among others.


The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

The Orlando Philharmonic seeks to be the wellspring of music in Central Florida, nourishing the soul of the community with music that speaks to, and sometimes for, each person.

2016 Finalists

First Place Recipient: Kids House of Seminole

The mission of Kids House of Seminole is to prevent child abuse and to aid child abuse victims and families by providing coordinated services in a safe, child-friendly environment from report and investigation through treatment and resolution.


Second Place Recipient: The Faine House

The mission of The Faine House is to change the path of an at-risk young adult through education, housing and transportation, employment, health and wellness and personal finance.


Third Place Recipient: City Year Orlando

City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship.


Finalists

The Orlando Fringe

The mission of the Orlando Fringe is to provide an accessible, affordable outlet that draws diverse elements of the community together and inspires creative excellence through the arts.


Adult Literacy League

The Adult Literacy League educates adults to become self-sufficient members of society, and we advocate on behalf of adult and family literacy.


Central Florida Community Arts

Central Florida Community Arts exists to build and serve the community through the arts.


Seniors First

Seniors First's mission is to enhance the quality of life for Central Florida seniors by maintaining their independence and dignity.


Agua Viva Serves

Agua Viva Serves, Inc. is an international partnership with local communities to improve the lives of Central Americans through the development of clean water systems and healthy living conditions.


Seminole County Legal Aid

Seminole County Legal Aid Society's mission is to provide free quality legal advocacy to Seminole County's economically disadvantaged persons to improve their quality of life and enhance their self-sufficiency.


Christian Help

The mission of Christian HELP Employment and Resource Center is to prevent homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually.