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BMA Finalists

Entertaining

duPont Registry Tampa Bay Special Events Award

This award recognizes the uniqueness and effectiveness of a special event and the success in achieving outlined objectives.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay

The Arc Tampa Bay


Informed

Nielsen Marketing Campaign Award

This award recognizes the execution of creative and results- driven original marketing campaigns using multimedia platforms including, but not limited to, broadcast, print, social media and/or grassroots awareness campaigns.

Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay

K9 Partners for Patriots

Seniors Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.

The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation


Relevant

Best Use of Video Award

Awarded to the organization that tells a compelling story through video that has the power to compel someone to seek services, volunteer time, or support an organization financially.

Gigi’s Playhouse

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services

Wheelchairs 4 Kids

Children First, Inc.

The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc.

Theatre eXceptional


Empowered

Ultimate Medical Academy Small Nonprofit Award

This award will recognize the small nonprofit that best demonstrates the truth in the statement that “big things come in small packages.”

Bikes for Christ, Inc.

Feeding Pasco’s Elderly

Dress for Success Tampa Bay

Freedom To Walk Foundation

Community Food Pantry

New Tampa Players


Unstoppable

Nonprofit of the Year Award

This award is the most coveted and is determined through extensive research. It is ultimately decided by an independent judging committee and given to one organization that, through a superior level of service, helps their constituency be more.

Academy Prep Foundation, Inc.

Children First, Inc.

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Mrbubblez, Inc.

Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.


Brilliant

Florida Blue Innovation Award

This award recognizes initiatives, projects, and/or services that are unique, creative, or innovative and will be presented to the organization responsible for the development, coordination, delivery, and results of the project.

Children First, Inc.

Community Food Pantry

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County

K9 Partners for Patriots

Mrbubblz Inc.


Enriched

Arts & Culture Award

This award recognizes culturally-based organizations that contribute to the spirit of adventure and exploration through education in the arts and culture by creating an exciting and engaging museum experience to visitors.

New Tampa Players

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.


Inspiring

Rising Star Award

This award will recognize an individual, under the age of 21, who has distinguished himself or herself in the community directly accredited to their inspiration, dedication, motivation, or acts of kindness.

Giovanni Scanio, FOOT Foundation

Grace Hirshfeld, Best Buddies International

Sally Campbell, Sallybrating with a Cause

Graci Tubbs, Operation Military Matters


Involved

Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism

One person can make an extraordinary difference. These award finalists were culled from an online poll driven by votes from the general public in the WEDU viewing area.

Tom Cook, Children First, Inc.

Feeding Pasco’s Elderly

Brian Best, GTE Financial

Robert Muller, Pinellas County Neighborly Services

Cathy Valdes, Michael Valdes Foundation & NOPE

Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.


Knowledgeable

Educational Outreach Award

This award will recognize the organization that through a specific project offered guidance, knowledge, emotional or physical support, and/or a mentorship program aimed at improving specific aspects of community life.

Academy Prep Foundation, Inc.

Feeding Pasco’s Elderly

Glazer Children’s Museum

Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Starting Right, Now!

The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation


Humble

People’s Choice Award

This award is driven by an online poll with votes from the general public in the WEDU viewing area.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services

Mrbubblez, Inc.

Theatre eXceptional

FOOT Foundation


Entrepreneurial

Engaged Philanthropist Award

This award will recognize an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the nonprofit community by engaging entrepreneurial skills to build a successful nonprofit endeavor.

Jonathan Benjamin, American Lung Association

Nancy Harris, Academy Prep Center of Tampa

Gina Wilkins, The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc.

Julie Weintraub, Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay


Encouraged

Judges’ Choice Award

The Judges’ Choice Award is given to an organization demonstrating an overall appeal due to its original and extraordinary approach to its respective.

New Tampa Players

Pyramid Inc.

The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc.

Ruth Eckerd Hall


About Be More Awards

Each year, this multifaceted program celebrates the human spirit and showcases the best work by nonprofit organizations in West Central Florida and the individuals that support them. WEDU PBS invites you to join us for the 15th Annual WEDU Be More Awards as we highlight the best works from area nonprofits as part of an award-winning, nationally-recognized, and multi-media supported event.

Eligibility

The WEDU Be More Awards are open to all nonprofit organizations located in the WEDU PBS viewing area.

This includes: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Highlands, Hardee, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties.

The submission of an application or nomination is free of charge to all nonprofit organizations.

  • Organizations may apply in more than one category by submitting a separate and distinct application packet.
  • All campaigns, events, projects, and programs must have occurred between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
  • Application packets must be submitted in an organized and cohesive manner using the official 2020 WEDU Be More Awards application available for download. Submissions not meeting this condition will not be eligible for an award.
  • All submissions become the property of WEDU PBS and will not be returned.

The winning organizations and individuals will be announced during the WEDU Be More Awards luncheon on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. (Tickets are required to attend.)

Rules

The WEDU Be More Awards consist of a variety of categories. Please review the categories to determine the format of your submission. Some categories will require a completed, printed and signed application with supporting materials, while other categories require an online nomination.

If the category you are applying for requires a completed, printed and signed application, all requested information must be included or the applying organization will not be eligible for an award.

For application categories:

  • Include 2-4 examples of materials supporting your application that demonstrates why your organization is the most deserving of a WEDU Be More Award.
  • Applications must include a current copy of organization IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) status.
  • Submitting organizations must include six (6) identical submission packets including your 2-4 examples to be distributed for judging. Copies of your WEDU Be More Awards application must be included with each packet. Applications and supporting materials will not be returned.

Award applications must be postmarked by October 29 2019. WEDU is located at 1300 N Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607. Applications may be delivered to WEDU Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hand-delivered applications must arrive by 5 p.m. on October 29, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Judging

Final judging for the 15th Annual WEDU Be More Awards will take place from November 7, 2019 to December 13, 2019. The WEDU Be More Awards judges are impartial business, philanthropic and civic leaders from the WEDU viewing area. Judges will not review any organization’s application with which they have a personal or professional affiliation. All applications will be screened by WEDU staff members to ensure application criteria are met. Judges will not review incomplete applications. All judging is based on a point system. Top nominees in each category will be notified via telephone and a letter from WEDU no later than January 6, 2020. All decisions are final.

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