3rd Annual Classy Awards Ceremony

by Mark Lovett on September 20, 2011

The 3rd Annual Classy Awards ceremony was held on Saturday, September 17th at the San Diego Civic Theater, and with class indeed, recognized the most outstanding philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses and individuals nationwide.  With Jamie-Lynn Sigler serving as master of ceremonies, the capacity crowd was treated to an outpouring of love and gratitude as the stories of selfless giving unfolded.

3rd Annual Classy AwardsStayClassy is a revolutionary Social Fundraising platform offering powerful fundraising & communications tools to nonprofits without any upfront charges.  StayClassy helps nonprofits leverage the power of social media to raise more money faster, and grow their donor base from an active, engaged community of people dedicated to giving.  Created by StayClassy co-founders Scot Chisholm & Pat Walsh, the Classy Awards are one way they support and honor the philanthropic community.

Here are the finalists and winner in each of the twelve categories!

Charity of the Year

4 Paws for Ability Setting the Precedent in the Service Dog Industry Admission Possible Leveraging an Innovative National Service Model, Ending Poverty Through Education Dogs Deserve Better Dog Nonprofit Transforms Vick's Bad Newz Kennels to Good Newz Rehab Center Invisible Children Mobilized Thousands to Raise $1.7 Million for Children of Central Africa Miracle Flights for Kids Miracle Flights for Kids Coordinates 68,000th Flight to Save Sick Kids Across America Pablove Foundation Pablove Across America Fights Kids Cancer One Pedal Stroke at a Time School on Wheels School on Wheels Helps Homeless Children Succeed in School Team Rubicon Veterans + Medical Professionals + Social Media = Better Disaster Response The Soldiers Project (Winner!) Invisible Wounds of War, The Soldiers Project, Bringing Our Troops All the Way Home Wish Upon a Wedding Wish Upon a Wedding Fulfills Dreams for Couples Facing Terminal Illness

Small Charity of the Year

Hug It Forward Bottle Schools: Using Discarded Bottles as the Foundation of Education Kids Caring 4 Kids Students Dance to Change Lives Kids for Peace Cultivates Kindness, Respect and Unity – Grows to 100+ Chapters Worldwide Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts Kids Have a Heart for Broken Heart Kids Kids In Danger Danny’s Law: One Family Turns Tragic Loss into Safety Crusade Little Dresses for Africa Little Dresses for Africa Sends Relief Long Way Home (Winner!) Young Americans Build a School with Used Tires, Plastic Bottles & Recycled Glass LostNMissing LostNMissing Inc Assists Families of Missing Loved Ones The Healing Hands Foundation Changing Our World One Child at a Time! The Hugs Project The Hugs Project Sends "Hugs from Home" To Troops Overseas

Best New Charity

Aevidum Aevidum Empowers America's Youth to Conquer Teenage Depression and Suicide Celebrate the Military Child Medal of Honor Recipient's Family Celebrates Military Children Hug It Forward Bottle Schools: Using Discarded Bottles as the Foundation of Education iFoster iFoster Supports Over 600,000 Children in Foster Care Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation Making Some Noise for Kids Cancer! Marley's Mission (Winner!) Marley's Mission Succeeds in Healing Children of Trauma! Team Rubicon Veterans + Medical Professionals + Social Media = Better Disaster Response Threads for Teens Threads for Teens Helps Dress Underpriveledged Girls with New Clothes & Hope Volunteers for International Development and Aid The Spirit of Global Partnership YouthRoots YouthRoots Empowers Local Youth to Change the Lives of Hundreds

Most Creative Fundraiser By A Charity

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (Winner!) L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade An Achievable Dream Inaugural Run for the Dream Supports Wounded Warriors and An Achievable Dream Academies Bike & Build Eat. Sleep. Bike. Build: Cycling for Affordable Housing Busted Foundation Bowling for Boobies Gives Financial Support to Women With Breast Cancer CHADS Coalition for Mental Health CHADS Coalition's Kids Walking for Kids Raises Funds and Awareness for Adolescent Mental Health Issues Dumb Friends League 20,000 Paws Raise Money for Homeless Pets at the Dumb Friends League Forgotten Voices Movement Launched to Help 10,000 AIDS Orphans Kids Caring 4 Kids Students Dance to Change Lives Spanda Cedar Rapids Talent Fest: Amateur Contestants Strut Their Stuff, While Benefitting Vision Impaired Individuals Voices for Children Debi Green Letter: One Adoptive Family's Story

Most Effective Awareness Campaign By A Charity

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Eating Campaign Reaches 85 Million People AmpleHarvest National Campaign Fights Hunger, Helps Environment Doggone Safe Doggone Safe Is Spreading Dog Safety To More Than 500,000 Children Nationwide Girls Educational and Mentoring Services GEMS’ Girls Are Not for Sale Campaign: Girls Should Be Celebrated, Not Sold Goodwill Industries International Goodwill and Levi's Raise Global Consciousness, Drive Socially-Responsible Donation Movement Invisible Children (Winner!) Mobilized Thousands to Raise $1.7 Million for Children of Central Africa JustTell JustTell Educates, Empowers Teens About Sexual Abuse Through Summer Concert Series --With Huge Results! Keep A Breast Foundation Keep A Breast Speaks To Youth Through “I love Boobies” Pablove Foundation Pablove Across America Fights Kids Cancer One Pedal Stroke at a Time Soulforce Brilliant Young Heretics Travel the Country for Educatiional Access and Social Justice

Most Innovative Use of Social Media By A Charity

Angels of Animals Special Animal Rescue Saves Over 25 Cats Be The Change Be The Change, Bringing American Service to a New Level Ethiopian Orphan Relief Ethiopian Orphan Relief's Project Gena Makes Holidays Merry GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services New Nonprofit in Huntsville Supports GLBTQ Youth & Works to Prevent Homelessness I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (Winner!) Cancer Talk Radio Changes The World Kids With Food Allergies Foundation Making Strides for the Health and Safety of Kids With Food Allergies Lowell General Hospital "Fireworks" for Lowell General's TeamWalk for CancerCare Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Be a Hero in the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer Puppy Prodigies/Surfin' for Paws-abilities Judy Fridono Creates SURFice Dog Project with Help of Pup, Ricochet Reece's Rainbow Reece's Rainbow Finds Families for Orphans with Special Needs

Volunteer Of The Year

Ben Morrison Life can be a “Pain in the Butt”: Laughter Can Be the Cure Candice Larsen/Mackay Elementary School Mom Dedicated to Find Funding for Economically Devastated Rural Idaho School Carlo Garcia Carlo Garcia Goes On A One Man Giving Spree Chet Bressman One man and one PAW – Making a BIG Difference! Debbie Cantwell Breast Cancer Survivor Pays It Forward Dr. Cynthia Horner Saving Lives and Building Hope from Virginia to Sierra Leone Jessica's Jackpots Helping Find a Jackpot for Childhood Cancer Muffy Walker Walker Puts a Face on Mental Illness! Ray and Karen Stark Ray and Karen Stark Support Troops Through Hugs Project Care Packages! Troy Yocum (Winner!) Hike Across United States To Support U.S. Troops

Young NonProfit Leader of the Year

Amanda Evrard Nonprofit Manager Saves Homeless Animals on the Side Amy Harmon The Power of Education Over Poverty Angela Libby Angela Libby Offers Support and Hope to Homeless Veterans Emily May/Hollaback! Emily May is Leading a Movement to End Public Sexual Harassment Faith Huckel/Restore NYC (Winner!) Faith Huckel: Tireless Visionary Providing Long-Term Aftercare to Trafficking Victims Heather Reynolds/Catholic Charities Fort Worth Heather Reynolds Became CCFW CEO at Only 25 and Doubled Number of Clients Served Kimberly Felshaw/Operation Showers of Appreciation Local Mom Gives Back: BabyShowers for Military Families Leslie A. Lewin Empowering 5,000 Young Leaders from Conflict Regions Sara Finger Sara Finger Leads Progressive Charge Toward Social Justice for Women Victoria Lanier/Education Through Music-Los Angeles Education Through Music-LA Keeps Music in Schools and Gives Children Hope for a Better Future

Most Successful Fundraiser by an Individual or Group

Anton Maillie Passionate idea results in 100000 for cancer patients and their families Blanchard Memorial School's 6th Grade Class (Winner!) 46 Sixth Graders, Raised $20,000 for 10 Babies with Hearing Loss Christine Lott Christine Lott is Building Hope One Brick at a Time Dr. Pietro and Kristine Andres Children with Autism Have 'Magic Moments' Because of the Andres Family Gary James Changing the World for Children with Special Needs Jill's Legacy Legacy of Collegiate Athlete with Lung Cancer Inspires Young Adults Junior Council of Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago's Young Professionals Raise Money for Pediatric HIV/AIDS The H Foundation A Cocktail helps a Group of Friends Raise Millions of Dollars for Cancer Research University of Washington employees and retirees University of Washington Volunteers Are Making a Difference Around the Globe! Wags and Waves Largest Doggie Pool Party in Texas Riding Waves - Saving Lives

Most Influential College Student or College Organization

Alpha Xi Delta Autism Speaks & Alpha Xi Delta is Listening Catalina Rodriguez Teen Mom Turns Grief into Action After Death of Son with Cerebral Palsy Circle K International Home is Where the Heart is! Epsilon Delta Chapter of Tri Delta Driven & Dedicated Tri Deltas: We Love St. Jude! Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Pacific's Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Impacts Globally and Locally IU Dance Marathon Indiana Dances and Raises $1.6 Million 'For The Kids' Music is Medicine Making Music that Makes a Difference in the Lives of Pediatric Patients Northwestern University Dance Marathon (Winner!) Bust A Move: Northwestern University Dance Marathon Breaks $1,000,000 for First Time Penn State's Free Wheelchair Mission PSU Free Wheelchair Misson Raises Funds for 20 Wheelchairs in their First Year! Swipes for the Homeless Swipes for the Homeless

Philanthropic Business of the Year

Anaheim White House Restaurant Superstar Chef Bruno Serato Serves Up Compassion to Hungry Children Cafe Gratitude 40,000 Farm Fresh Meals Served Annually by Pay-it-Forward Donation Program Chicago Cubs Charities Inaugral Brick and Ivy Ball Focus360 Focus360 Utilizes Multimedia To Convey Urgency Of Domestic Violence Vitims ONEHOPE Wine An Epiphany By A Wine Sales Representative Leads To A Breakthrough In Philanthropic Fundraising Panera Bread (Winner!) Panera Cares About Your Dough Ruth's Chris Steak House/Lana Duke You Can Change the World One Foster Child at a Time Salesforce.com Foundation Salesforce.com Foundation Proves That 1% Can Make a Big Difference Sprinkles Sprinkles Cupcakes Charitable Cupcakes Have Goodness Baked Right in! Volunteer50 at UC San Diego Over 3300 Volunteers Take the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Challenge

Philanthropic Small Business of the Year

54 Kingdoms 54 KINGDOMS Raises Funds For “BUILT FOR HAITI” Campaign Atlas Global Security Putting Veterans Back to Work Change For Balance Productions 3 Friends, Filmakers and Philanthropists Strive to Change World Through Intriguing Media Empowered Youth/EY StreetWise At-Risk Youth Design A Successful Future Karma Builders Karma Builders Take Karma to Heart Nika Water (Winner!) Nika Water Donates 100% of Their Profits For Clean Water Around the World! Omaha Private Instruction Institute Creating Strategic Advantage Using Self-Sustaining Model of Philanthropic Help in Breaking the Poverty Cycle Pura Vida Bracelets Helping the Planet and Providing Jobs in Costa Rica The Reo BakPak Company Giving Homeless Children Tools To Thrive in School! Up Dog Fitness Bringing Yoga to Inner City Students

Everyone at the 3rd Annual Classy Awards exhibited a Global Patriot spirit!

Scot and Pat at Classy Awards

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