Recent Past Winners

  • Erica Mackie and Tim Sears

    Erica Mackie and Tim Sears

    Aired the week of 7/23/2014 - Show #1430

    Erica Mackie and Tim Sears worked together for several years at an energy consulting company, traveling around the U.S to help businesses save money and cut energy costs. After a while, they both felt that something was missing in this work; they each wanted to do something more…

  • Sister Mary Alice Murphy

    Aired the week of 7/16/2014 - Show #1429

    Sister Mary Alice has a long history of working to improve the lives of those fallen on hard times. Her decades of work through the church have given her a birds-eye view of the costs of homelessness and poverty to individuals and society as a whole. When she saw more families…

  • Barbara Van Dahlen

    Barbara Van Dahlen

    Aired the week of 7/9/2014 - Show #1428

    Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen was a professional child psychologist in 2005 when she saw a news report about veterans and active service men and women suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Her father was a career military man and so she knew first-hand the impacts of…

  • Denise Bitz

    Denise Bitz

    Aired the week of 7/2/2014 - Show #1427

    As a traveling nurse for over a decade, Denise Bitz lived in many various towns all over the United States. An avid animal lover, she would also volunteer at local animals shelters in her spare time. When Denise took a nursing assignment in Asheville, North Carolina, she began…

  • Larsen Jay

    Larsen Jay

    Aired the week of 6/25/2014 - Show #1426

    Larsen Jay was a successful and well-known video producer until a severe injury landed him in the trauma unit at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. In that first week on the ward, which Larsen describes as the hardest week of his life, he was amazed at the influx of…

  • Scott Strode

    Scott Strode

    Aired the week of 6/18/2014 - Show #1425

    Scott Strode knows firsthand how challenging and destructive addiction can be, both physically and mentally. As a young man, Scott struggled to get his drinking and drug use under control. After one dark night, he knew he had to make a change. To keep his mind off using, Scott…

  • Brad Wyche

    Brad Wyche

    Aired the week of 6/11/2014 - Show #1424

    Brad Wyche was a successful environmental lawyer who always loved the outdoors, but he was disturbed by the rate of growth and the devastation of natural land in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. He wanted to do something to preserve the beautiful environment in the…

  • Erin Dinan

    Erin Dinan

    Aired the week of 6/4/2014 - Show #1423

    After graduating college, Erin Dinan spent some time abroad volunteering in Africa. When she returned, she knew she wanted to do something to make the world a better place, but she wasn’t sure how. Shortly after moving to New York City to pursue a career in photography,…