Recent Past Winners

  • Ruston Seaman

    Aired the week of 9/17/2014 - Show #1438

    A few years ago, Ruston Seaman noticed that one of his neighbors in Philippi, West Virginia had built solar panels for his home - out of old shower doors! Ruston was so inspired by this that he started thinking about the many ways solar power could help the people in his small,…

  • Dr. Rick Hodes

    Dr. Rick Hodes

    Aired the week of 9/10/2014 - Show #1437

    For over 25 years, Dr. Rick Hodes has lived and worked in Ethiopia as the Medical Director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Over the years, he has been in charge of the health of 60,000 Ethiopian Jews returning to Israel, ministering to the critically…

  • Judy Collins

    Judy Collins

    Aired the week of 9/3/2014 - Show #1436

    Judy Collins has long thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretive folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years and mirrored the social and political forces that have shaped our country. In the 1960’s and 70’s,…

  • Bunny and Bob Slough

    Bunny and Bob Slough

    Aired the week of 8/27/2014 - Show #1435

    After retiring and moving from Pennsylvania to Nebo, North Carolina in 2006, Bunny and Bob Slough wanted to find a way to meet new people in their community, so they joined a local church. This was right around the time the economy took a turn for the worst, and Bunny began to…

  • 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…