2014 What BETTER Looks Like Awards
The following individuals/organizations were honored for creating a BETTER world with love.
Heart to Heart Gala – October 23, 2014 – Crest Hollow Country Club
We appreciate our community-minded sponsor for the 2014 What BETTER Looks Like Awards,
the NY Community Bank. You made the gala BETTER!
WATCH THEIR INDIVIDUAL 1-MINUTE VIDEOS BELOW!
1. ADRIENNE ESPOSITO, Co-Founder & Executive Director of CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (CCE)
CCE is a not-for-profit organization that works with legislators, scientists, public health agencies and fellow citizens to protect land and water resources. CCE works to build widespread citizen understanding and advocacy for policies and actions designed to manage and protect our natural resources and public health. Adrienne Esposito was honored as Environmentalist of the Year in 2011. For more information: http://www.citizenscampaign.org
2. CONSOLEE NISHIMWE, Global Women’s Rights Activist & Author
Consolee is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She is a committed speaker on the genocide, an advocate for other genocide survivors, and a defender of global women’s rights. Consolee is the author of Tested to the Limit, her personal story of remembrance and reconciliation to prevent future atrocities. For more information: http://consolee.com
3. BILL and ADRIANN NELSON, Founders, ALEC WILLIAM NELSON CHARITABLE CORPORATION and advocates for KIDS and CARS
Bill and Adriann’s son was backed over in their driveway at 16 months old. Their mission is to raise awareness of the dangers vehicles can pose to young children. Their corporation serves to educate people about the dangers vehicles can pose to young children, especially in the blind zone behind cars. They were actively involved with child advocacy groups such as Kids and Cars that helped get legislation passed to address these dangers nationally.
4. VICTORIA PANNELL, Actress, Activist & President of NYC NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK YOUTH MOVE
Fourteen year old Victoria has become nationally known for her work in fighting child sex trafficking. Her public service ad on child trafficking, which received a Pollie Award, was successfully used in a petition hosted by Victoria and Fairgirls.org to put pressure on Village Voice Media to shut down its lucrative online sexual advertising page, backpage.com. Victoria’s outspokenness against derogatory lyrics in today’s music caught the attention of The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation. After a 24 hour media blitz to Mountain Dew and PepsiCo to take down racial stereotyping ads, the ads were removed.
5. ROBERTA RICHIN, Executive Director of COUNCIL FOR PREJUDICE REDUCTION (CPR)
CPR is a public-private partnership and professional development network that advances equity and reduces prejudice in collaboration with public schools. CPR is the premiere resource for professional development, hate crimes-related education, crisis intervention and school-based support in our region. For more information: http://cprnys.org
6. KAREN ROBINSON, Human Rights Manager, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
Karen serves as chief adviser for all human rights education related to the RFK Speak Truth to Power program. Karen has conducted numerous trainings and professional development sessions at educational conferences, within school districts and at educational meetings worldwide. For more information: http://rfkcenter.org/karen-robinson
7. NEETA SHAH, MD, FACP, Health & Wellness Expert
Dr. Shah served most recently as Vice President for Community Services for The Katz Institute for Women’s Health at North Shore/LIJ. She provided relevant health information, services and research opportunities and ensured the health system offered a range of community programs to meet women’s healthcare needs across their life span. Dr. Shah believes in empowering individuals by educating them through community outreach.
8. CHARLOTTE SKY & DYLAN SKOLNICK, Co-Founders of the CINEMA ARTS CENTRE
The CAC is Long Island’s premiere, non-profit, year-round, independent and international film showcase. The CAC contributes meaningfully to the quality of life in their community, has a positive impact on the local economy, and provides a venue for fellowship and the exchange of ideas. For more information: www.cinemaartscentre.org
9. CARIN WINTER, Founder of MISSION BE
Mission Be is designed to create positive, lasting cultural changes through the practice of mindfulness, which supports academic growth, nonviolence, and the cultivation of compassion. They envision communities where people practice empathy, benevolence, and tolerance towards each other while appreciating the diversity inherent in our communities. For more information: www.missionbe.org
10. LAUREN WOLFE, Director of WOMEN UNDER SIEGE, a project of the WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER
Women Under Siege investigates how rape and other forms of sexualized violence were used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Women Under Siege is exploring the linkage to heighten public consciousness of causes and preventions. Lauen Wolfe is an award winning journalist. For more information: http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org