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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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

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 Utilizes Multimedia To Convey Urgency Of Domestic Violence Vitims

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 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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