4th Annual 2012 CLASSY Awards ~ Girls With Sole is chosen for Best New Charity ~ Midwest Region

Girls With Sole is honored to be chosen by the Classy Awards as the Midwest Region’s Best New Charity.

The event took place in San Diego on September 22, 2012 at the famed San Diego Civic Theater. Girls With Sole walked the Red Carpet, and as they say: “It was an honor just to be nominated!”

Take a look at the LADYLUX magazine article below for more on the 2012 Classy Awards.09.24.2012

Fourth annual CLASSY Awards continues to highlight philanthropies

LadyLUX via Marisa Machak

The fourth annual CLASSY Awards ceremony was held on Saturday, Sept. 22 to honor the most influential charities, nonprofit businesses and philanthropies nationwide. Considered the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, this year’s CLASSY’s recognized the contributions of volunteers, professionals and organizations on a larger scale than the previous years.

This year’s awards were hosted by Adam Braun, founder and CEO ofPencils of Promise, and Tiffany Pearsons, founder and director of Shine on Sierra Leone, and took place in San Diego’s Civic Theatre. This year’s attendance was the highest yet and the venue was filled with finalists, nonprofit and tech industry leaders, last year’s winners and the entire StayClassy team.

The co-founders of StayClassy, Pat Walsh and Scot Chisholm, greeted everyone on the red carpet and continued to make everyone feel at home with their opening ceremony welcome speech, which offered much gratitude and a bit of wit to add humor to the show.

“Clearly, the real celebrities here tonight are the nominees. They’ve dedicated their lives to causes that were bigger than themselves. They’ve endured hardships, they’ve lost loved ones, they’ve been injured, impaired […] Yet, they’ve turned it around and used it as motivation […] The 2,400 nominees from this year’s CLASSY Awards have impacted the lives of 346 million people around the world,” said Walsh in his speech.

Liz Ferro of Girls With Sole, nominated for Best New Charity, was excited about the evening and the much needed attention that the awards will bring to her organization.

“Being nominated is a huge thing that I’m excited about. It’s just an honor because we’re so small. I’m just really excited about the whole event itself. I hope that Girls With Sole will gather some sort of attention nationally so that we can go the next level, which is to add chapters in every city,” Ferro shared.

CLASSY Award winners were selected from 2,400 nominations and endured several rounds of judging by a panel of past winners who have gone through the nomination process and understand what it takes. This group of industry all-stars scored each of the Regional Finalists to help determine the 64 Regional Winners for all 16 categories. The number of nominations and categories both rose since last year’s event, going from 2,000 to 2,400 and 12 to 16, respectively.

The winners were:

Volunteer of the Year: Jim Elliot for Diveheart
Environmental ProtectionThe Reef Ball Foundation
Best New CharityTaylor’s Gift Foundation
Human ServicesThe Trevor Project
Most Creative Fundraiser by a CharitySt. Baldrick’s Foundation
Health and Well BeingFree Wheelchair Mission
Animal Advocacy and ServicesHalifax Humane Society
Most Influential College Student or College OrganizationSwipes for the Homeless
Small Charity of the YearTeam Rubicon
Most Effective Awareness Campaign by a Charity: Invisible Children
Educational AdvancementCristo Rey Network
Human Rights: National Domestic Workers Alliance
Disaster Relief & International AidMedical Teams International
Philanthropic Business of the YearRaven & Lily
Hunger and Poverty ReliefProject Peanut Butter
Charity of the YearWounded Warrior Project

Swipes for the Homeless co-founder and executive director, Tak Nguyen, shared how winning the title of Most Influential College Student or College Organization will help further the organization’s efforts.

“We were really hoping to win because fundraising right now is really tough. We have a lot of really interesting projects that we want to execute, one of them being a conference for all homeless chapters of the United States and that’s going to require a lot of funding and a lot of resources that we didn’t have being a college organization. We’re definitely going to use some of the prize money towards that. We’re excited about that,” Nguyen said.

A special highlight of the night was a video appearance by Maria Shriver delivering her personal shout out to the CLASSY Award winners and finalists for their good deeds. Shriver shared her memories of her mother and how she founded the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 50 years ago. Shriver reminded everyone that Sept. 22 was also Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day and to pay respect by retaining hope for the disabled.

Other highlights of the show included special appearances by MTV’s “The Buried Life” creators Ben Nemtin and Dave Lingwood, Jim Moriarty ofSurfrider Foundation, Jim Gibbons of Goodwill Industries International, Doug Ullman of LIVESTRONG and other well-known nonprofit leaders and even tech industry leaders from Google, PayPal and eBay.

The after-party was held at the Marriott Marquis & Marina in downtown San Diego, where finalists, winners and guests let loose to enjoy and honor each organization’s accomplishments, and to celebrate what a difference everyone has made in the past year.

The Fourth Annual CLASSY’s made just as much of an impact as last year’s ceremony and shed more light on these organizations and their efforts. The increased number of nominations, award categories and attendees proves that more people are getting involved and that StayClassy has done their part by bringing even more publicity and recognition to the world of philanthropy.

Read more about the CLASSY Awards.

“Finish Line Feeling” is published ~ Book Launch held at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, September 2012

Liz Ferro has penned a book about her life spent getting to the spiritual and emotional finish line.

The September 2012 Book Launch drew about 300 people to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the unveiling of this intriguing and inspiring memoir.

Many Girls With Sole participants came out to celebrate this honor with their favorite “Coach” ~ Miss Liz.

The night wasn’t all about Ferro and her new book, however.  An essay contest was posed to the participants in Girls With Sole, and they were asked to write an essay about how Girls With Sole has benefited them personally. A panel of judges, comprised the Girls With Sole board of directors, had the difficult task of choosing three winners.  Each young lady chosen presented their essay at the book launch, and received a GWS necklace and bouquet of flowers on stage.  The grand prize winner also received a Kindle Fire.

All guests received a goody bag and a copy of Finish Line Feeling.

February 2012 Liz Ferro is Keynote for Jr League of Cleveland and Girl Scouts of NEO 100th Anniversary Celebration

 The below excerpt was written by Laura ~ and taken from her Blog ~ Running Dame

Tales from the trail

Where R U?

February 11, 2012 · 0 comments

in Cleveland, Life Happenings, Running

This morning I was up bright an early to head downtown to the Cleveland State University Student Center to volunteer for the Junior League’s Where R U? Event.It was quite a snowy ride downtown today, but I made it safely, signed in, and started my job as a greeter! The event was co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and was targeted towards girls between the ages of 9 and 18. Unfortunately, the bad weather this morning kept a few participants at home, but it turned out to be a great event!

Winter finally decided to arrive this weekend!

The great thing about volunteering is how great you feel after the event! I was dreading having to wake up on a Saturday morning at a time that I would normally get up for work during the week, but on my drive home I couldn’t take the smile off of my face. Where R U? turned out to be a fantastic event!

Tropikana from 107.9 served as the official Emcee and did a great job engaging the girls in between speakers. Zone Cleveland was also there providing entertainment and an electronic graffiti photo wall. It was pretty cool!

There was a fantastic line up of speakers for the event. First up was a panel of speakers from different walks of life including:

All of the speakers did a fantastic job, but I was particularly moved by Terri Burgess Sandu and her personal story. She started out as the daughter of a delivery truck driver, battled depression, and moved on to become the Executive Director of Hard Hatted Women. Now she is the Executive Director of Workforce Development and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at LCCC.

The part of the day that I was looking forward to the most though was the Keynote Speaker, Liz Ferro, the founder of Girls with Sole. I think it would be fair to say I have a mini crush on her! She walked in, and being the best greeter I knew how to be I said “Hi, you must be Liz Ferro!” Luckily, she wasn’t put off by my excitement and we had a really nice chat about running, marathons, and triathlons. Girls with Sole has only been around for less than three years in the Cleveland area and has had such a huge impact. Liz is even in the process of publishing a book called “The Finish Line Feeling.”

She opened up her speech with having all of the girls stand up to do a shake out. It was fun and definitely increased the energy after lunch.

There were plenty of activities that the girls did at each of their tables during the day including participating in a dream wall and writing down things inside of a bubble that keep their bubble (life) full and then writing down things outside of the bubble that keep their bubble from getting to its full potential!

There were even little bottles of bubbles at each table for each person to blow as they were doing the activities.

Despite the awful weather this morning, I am so glad that I volunteered today. I realized today that the same feeling I get after I get a really good run in I can feel after I volunteer. Call it “Volunteer’s High” or “Runner’s High” the endorphins must all come from the same place.

I hope that I am able to volunteer this year with Girls with Sole. Although I know that I won’t be able to lead my own group given my 9 to 5 job, I hope that I can help out with the organization in other ways.

My plans for the rest of the day include basking in my “volunteer high” and getting ready to watch Michigan State trounce Ohio State in basketball tonight (hopefully)!

Have a great, snowy Saturday Cleveland.

Liz Ferro receives American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Award for Girls With Sole

Girls With Sole was proud to be recognized by the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland as a 2011 Hero ~ because our actions continue to inspire our community and our good work continues to make our region stronger, safer and healthier.

Liz Ferro, Founder and Executive Director of Girls With Sole, was chosen as a 2011 Red Cross Hero in Cleveland, Ohio in the category of Innovation.
Heroes were honored by the American Red Cross in Cleveland Monday, November 14. 2011.
19 Action News anchor Denise Dufala was the emcee at the hero awards, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel.

 

Liz Ferro recognized by Traditional Home Magazine~ Classic Woman Award 2011

Traditional Home Magazine Classic Woman Award 2011
Girls With Sole and Founder, Liz Ferro, was honored with the 2011 Classic Woman Award at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 7, 2011 by Traditional Home Magazine. The award was presented to Liz by Natalie Morales, Anchor for NBC’s News TODAY.

Watch the awesome video created by Traditional Home Magazine:

Traditional Home Magazine 2011 Classic Woman ~ Liz Ferro