Classy Awards Wrap-Up!
Re-writing this post because the first one was lost when my browser crashed, so I may not remember everything from the first draft. :(
This past weekend I attended the 3rd Annual Classy Awards in San Diego and I’ve returned to Chicago with an energized sense of duty and purpose. Being in the room with so many talented, intelligent, driven, and giving people who are inspiring and creating good in the world, is overwhelmingly invigorating. I was moved emotionally by hearing the stories and impact made by the other nominees, speakers, and organizations being featured.
Living Philanthropic had the honor of being a Top 10 nominee for Volunteer of Year, which is an amazing category filled with so many amazing people. As I said in an interview with Metromix San Diego, “Each nominee is only a small representation of all the awe inspiring work being done by millions of volunteers across the U.S and they all deserve a little recognition.”
The award went to Troy Yocum of Hike for the Heroes! Interestingly enough, I donated to Troy and his mission back in October of 2010 on Day 162 of Living Philanthropic. Troy and his efforts support Wish Upon a Hero! When I saw he was nominated, I knew he was going to win. What he accomplished is nothing short of amazing. I salute you, buddy, you are amazing! Congratulations!
Looking around the room at all the other Top Ten nominees, I was proud to see a few other Living Philanthropic featured charities who made the top ten! Including another winner for Most Creative Fundraiser, Alex’s Lemonade, which was Day 131 and the first featured charity of the month on Living Philanthropic! Others included Wish Upon a Wedding (Day 145), Keep a Breast (Day 99), and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Day 250).
This was truly an incredible experience and honor. Thank you to the Stay Classy staff (especially Tori, Mike, & Julie) and the sponsors for acknowledging the work and efforts of organizations and individuals who are making our world a better place. You rock!