Recent Past Winners

  • Gary Becks

    Gary Becks

    Aired the week of 8/20/2014 - Show #1434

    Gary Becks was a Marine medic in Vietnam before becoming a fire fighter in San Bernardino, California. In the 1980’s, he joined up with a medical mission to Honduras to put his medical skills to use. Gary was so shocked by the primitive conditions in the jungle villages of…

  • Annie Okerlin

    Annie Okerlin

    Aired the week of 8/13/2014 - Show #1433

    Annie Okerlin of Tampa, Florida opened her own yoga studio and began teaching yoga classes in 1999. One of her very first students thought Annie's style of teaching would be beneficial for wounded veterans and, as a veteran himself, suggested she try working with an amputee in…

  • Dale Katechis

    Dale Katechis

    Aired the week of 8/6/2014 - Show #1432

    Dale Katechis, a successful brewery owner, wanted to find a way to give back to his local community. When the front range region of Colorado experienced severe flooding in September of 2013, many people lost everything. Dale’s business and home are located in some of the…

  • Bill Ayres

    Bill Ayres

    Aired the week of 7/30/2014 - Show #1431

    In September of 1973, Harry Chapin was a guest on Bill Ayres ABC radio network show "On This Rock." During Bill's interview with Harry, they both expressed their sadness and anger at the rampant poverty and hunger in the world and in their own backyards. This conversation…

  • 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…