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Eight, Arizona PBS honors nonprofit organizations

May 27, 2011

Winners announced at Eight's Be More Awards 2011 luncheon

Winners of Eight’s fourth annual Be More Awards™ were announced May 26 at the Eight, Arizona PBS studios in downtown Phoenix, according to Eight’s General Manager Kelly McCullough. The event honors the outstanding achievements of Arizona’s nonprofit organizations. Nearly 200 were in attendance.

Award categories ranged from outstanding marketing initiatives, exceptional educational outreach, innovative organization endeavors, extraordinary fundraising and event efforts, and commitment to arts and cultural awareness. 
“Year after year it is inspiring to see the dedication and enthusiasm of our state’s nonprofits," McCullough said. "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.”

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:

Outstanding Achievement in Innovation
Presented by The Phoenix Philanthropy Group
Winner: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation 
Fresh Start Women's Foundation empowers women to transform their lives through engagement and education. Website:


Outstanding Achievement in Special Events
Winner: 100 Club in Arizona
100 Club of Arizona 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.  

Outstanding Achievement in Educational Outreach
Winner: Arizona Humanities Council
Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) 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. 

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

Outstanding Achievement in Arts & Culture
Presented by Wells Fargo
Winner: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to educating and enhancing the lives of diverse communities in Wickenburg and the West Valley through the presentation of music, dance and theatre. 

The People's Choice Award
Presented by UPS
Winner: Veteran Tickets
Veteran Tickets Foundation 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. 


The Judges' Choice Award
Presented by UPS
Winner: Pioneer Living History Museum
The Pioneer Living History Museum 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. 

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 area.

For more information about the Be More Awards™ visit

Susan Soto