Webb Center

Representing the Webb Center at the Be More Awards are, left to right, Cathy Weiss, executive director, Shelby Fuller, events coordinator, Marjorie Johnson, board member and Stephanie Fornoff, box office manager.

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Winners of Eight’s fourth annual Be More Awards were announced last week at the Eight, Arizona PBS studios in downtown Phoenix.

The event honors the outstanding achievements of Arizona’s nonprofit organizations. Nearly 200 people were in attendance.

“Year after year, it is inspiring to see the dedication and enthusiasm of our state’s nonprofits. Rather than be discouraged by the challenges in our community, they choose to find ways to improve and grow. We at Eight feel honored to be able to shine the spotlight on such deserving organizations,” said Eight’s General Manager Kelly McCullough.

The award winners will be profiled on Eight’s Be More Awards television special airing at 7:30 p.m. June 21 on Eight HD.

The awards presented were:

• BE MORE...BRILLIANT (for outstanding achievement in innovation, presented by The Phoenix Philanthropy Group)

Winner: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, which empowers women to transform their lives through engagement and education.  Website: http://www.wehelpwomen.com.

• BE MORE...ENTERTAINING (for outstanding achievement in special events)

Winner: 100 Club in Arizona, which is dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The mission of the 100 Club is to provide immediate financial assistance to the families of seriously injured and fallen public safety officers and firefighters, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare. 

Website: http://www.100club.org.

• BE MORE...KNOWLEDGEABLE (for outstanding achievement in educational outreach)

Winner: Arizona Humanities Council, which offers and funds diverse humanities programs in communities throughout Arizona. AHC works with museums, libraries, schools, and other cultural and educational organizations to bring humanities programs to the public.

Website: http://www.azhumanities.org.

• BE MORE...INFORMED (for outstanding achievement in marketing)

Winner: Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, which is dedicated to the revitalization of Phoenix neighborhoods by providing a full range of programs and services that encourage, create and support homeownership. 

Web site: http://www.nhsphoenix.org.

• BE MORE...CREATIVE (for outstanding achievement in arts and culture, presented by Wells Fargo)

Winner: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, which is dedicated to educating and enhancing the lives of diverse communities in Wickenburg and the West Valley through the presentation of music, dance and theater.

Website: http://www.delewebbcenter.org.

• BE MORE...HUMBLE (the People’s Choice award, presented by UPS)

Winner: Veteran Tickets Foundation, which allows people to give, without prejudice, free tickets to all veterans, active duty military and their families as a way of saying “thank you” for their service.

Website: http://www.vettix.org

• BE MORE...ENCOURAGED (the Judges’ Choice award, presented by UPS)

Winner: Pioneer Living History Museum, whose mission is to put together a true-to-life, three-dimensional educational facility of  both original and historically accurate replica examples of buildings, tools, equipment and clothing of the Arizona territory from 1863 to Statehood in 1912.

Website: http://www.pioneeraz.org

The awards event also included a Hall of Heroes, giving each of the finalists an opportunity to showcase their organization. Exhibits included: 100 Club of Arizona, Alliance for Audience, Arizona Humanities Council, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Esperanca, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Friends of Music Committee, Gabriel’s Angels, Honor Flight Network, ICAN: Positive Programs for Chandler’s Youth, MISS Foundation, Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, PACC 911, Parents of Murdered Children, Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, Pioneer Living History Museum, Valley Forward Association, Valley Leadership, Veteran Tickets Foundation and Youth Empowerment Services of Dine’Bikeyah.

Applications for the Be More Awards were evaluated by an independent panel of 15 impartial judges ranging from community volunteers to business leaders from throughout the Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma areas.

For information about the Be More Awards, visit www.azpbs.org/bemore.

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