Sanctuary: Animals and Addicts

Sanctuary: Animals and Addicts Amelia Sawyer 2016 Presenter Community Change category Amelia Sawyer pitched her idea for a place where heroin addicts find solace and purpose, beating addiction while rehabilitating animals that have been abused or abandoned at Accelerate 2016. Her vision: to bring together forgotten animals and forlorn people to find sanctuary together. After Accelerate,…

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Passion Grants

Passion Grants KC McKenna 2016 Presenter Educating for Tomorrow category Presented in partnership with: KC McKenna wants to motivate young people to discover what fires them up! He pitched his Passion Grant Explorers program that pairs youth with expert mentors and essential funding to engage them in experiences that will shape their futures at Accelerate 2016….

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MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter

MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter Jessica Leary Allen 2016 Finalist Community Change category Jessica Leary Allen had a vision for an online clearinghouse that matches mothers opting back into the professional workforce with transformational projects, filling gaps for nonprofits and developing a new pool of talent for our region. Jessica pitched her idea…

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KinderKits

Families Building Future Leaders Ben Colas 2016 Winner Educating for Tomorrow category Presented in partnership with: November 2018 Since February 2016, Ben has empowered more than 6,000 families to prepare their children for school. This year, Bedford City School District purchased KinderKits for all of their “incoming scholars,” and Ben partnered with an organization out…

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Cleveland as a Comedy Hub

Cleveland as a Comedy Hub Ramon Rivas 2016 Finalist Transformative Arts & Culture category Ramon Rivas, II has visions of Cleveland as a national comedy hub. He pitched his idea to bring nationally-known talent to Cleveland for his annual Accidental Comedy Fest. The festival that enriches Cleveland’s performing arts scene and raises Cleveland’s profile in…

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