You Won't Want to Miss This!
Save the date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
Elfenworks will be hosting the fifth annual In Harmony with Hope® awards ceremony. We've got three more amazing and inspiring social entrepreneurs working for change in America to introduce to you. But we're going to wait until just a few days before the big event to let you know just who they are!
We can tell you this, though: we are honored that actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has accepted our invitation to be our Master of Ceremonies for the big night. Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage, and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, among his many film credits are Places in the Heart, Witness, The Color Purple, numerous smaller independent films, and, of course, the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise. A native of San Francisco who graduated from high school in the mid-1960s, Glover found his way to acting through his social activism and work in political theater. Today, Glover is widely respected for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs. Glover served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador. In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value, and artistic integrity.
Campus MovieFest, the world's largest student film festival, and College Battle of the Bands, announced the 2011 Elfenworks Social Justice awards category on Friday, June 24th. Young filmmakers and musicians from over 75 universities along with their families, friends, and industry execs, joined together in Hollywood, California, to celebrate!
1st Place "Blind Eye" - University of South Florida
2nd Place "100 Strong" - San Diego State University
3rd Place (tie)
"Take the Hit" - UC Berkeley, "The Busker" - Rutgers University
COLLEGE BATTLE OF THE BANDS
A Moment's Worth, with their track "Dedicate"
A Doctor Times Two
A sunny day in Seattle provided a stunning backdrop for the Bakke Graduate University's 2011 graduation, where Elfenworks CEO Dr. Lauren Speeth received her second doctorate, a Doctor of Ministry degree. Already titled with a Doctor of Business Administration degree, Lauren completed her ministry doctorate while continuing to steward The Elfenworks Foundation. Her dissertation, entitled "A Guide for Uncharted Territory: A Critical Analysis of Former President James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter's Seven Pillar Methodology for Implementing Lasting, Measurable Change,as Set in Relationship to Jesus' Teachings of the Beatitudes, as Conveyed in the Gospel of Matthew," sets forth a framework social entrepreneurs can use to analyze the validity and feasibility of moving forward with proposed projects.
Elfenworks Cheers On LVs Riders
On June 16, a group of dedicated riders dipped their rear bike tires in the Pacific Ocean in Warrenton, Oregon, before mounting their bikes and beginning the two-month trek to the East Coast. The committed group of 10 national bicyclists will be joined by regional and day riders along the 3,400-mile journey, which ends in New Jersey on August 13. They are riding on behalf of Lasallian Volunteers and their goal is to raise awareness that a staggering 14% of Americans currently live in poverty as well as encourage volunteerism in this country. They also hope to raise $100,000 to help with Lasallian Volunteers' poverty alleviation efforts.
Elfenworks was the first sponsor of LVs Ride and has equipped several of the riders with GO cameras, which allow the ride to be captured from their perspective. CEO Lauren Speeth was particularly impressed that LVs Ride encourages people to volunteer in their community and do their part to end poverty: "That resonated with our 'In Harmony with Hope' message, and we wanted to be involved in fostering their success," Lauren explained. "So we introduced them to a few of our own partners, and we're hoping that with the filming of the journey, this 'get involved' story can be carried well beyond the end of the ride."
Lauren's introduction to the San Damiano Foundation garnered the riders some valuable donations as well as invaluable film advice from expert filmmakers. Next, Lauren and Elfenworks enlisted the help of our partner Campus MovieFest's David Roemer to identify a promising young filmmaker to create a film of the project. University of Florida graduate Nishant Gogna will capture LVs Ride on film from coast-to-coast, not only recording some of the amazing service the riders will be doing, but also the day-to-day grind. To view Nishant's videos, along with updates from the route, visit lvsride.com/social/.
The LVs Ride is just one more example of how Elfenworks helps equip projects that are creating change and hope in America.