Second Annual ‘In Harmony with Hope’ Awards Go to Dr. Lois Lee of Children of the Night & Dr. Jack McConnell of Volunteers in Medicine
On 10/09/08 at 7pm Pacific Time, America experienced another moment of hope as the 2nd annual Elfenworks Foundation awards celebration, ‘Hope Takes Flight’ took place at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. The show honored 2008’s ‘In Harmony with Hope’ Awards winners, and was a multimedia event incorporating photography, film, and live musical performances celebrating the ripple effect of pathfinders who are changing the lives of the poor, marginalized and neglected here at home.
The Elfenworks Foundation (TEF) honors Dr. Lois Lee who has changed the lives of over 10,000 young girls by founding the refuge organization Children of the Night, and Dr. McConnell, founder of Volunteers in Medicine, who has changed the legal landscape and enabled retired medical professionals to care for those who need it most. The event featured a sneak preview of Concert for Hope, a photography exhibit, live entertainment, and an historic partnership announcement – all making the evening unforgettable!
“One viewing of our ‘Concert for Hope’ film trailer and you’ll understand why Hiller Aviation Museum was the obvious venue for this year’s concert event, “ says Lauren Speeth, CEO of TEF. “Not long ago, too few people understood human flight was possible. Right now, too few people understand that it is not only very possible but actually in everyone’s enlightened self-interest to tackle domestic poverty, one of the country’s most pressing problems. We’re here to celebrate two of the visionaries who are actively transforming the landscape, and we’ve got other surprises planned as well.”
2007’s event represented a call-to-action for us all to take on the pressing issue of domestic poverty, as has been done with the issue of climate change. It celebrated the opening of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality and the launch of inequality.com, an innovative web-based center for trend and other breaking research data on poverty. A film of that “Concert for Hope” is soon to be released by TEF. A visual brocade, the film weaves speeches and music together, and includes cutting-edge animation, conveying the concept ‘help one, help many, start a ripple” (do not underestimate your power to create change). About the Event: ‘Hope Take Flight’ and the ‘In Harmony with Hope’ Awards were born out of Elfenworks’ vision of recognizing and partnering with pathfinders and ripple-makers, those leaders who are working to define the path America must take to successfully wage a ‘smart new war’ on domestic poverty. The 2007 honorees included Rosalynn Carter of The Carter Center, Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners In Health, Paul Minorini of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Joyce Dattner of the Bay Area All Stars. The Bay Area All Stars will be a part of this year’s festivities as well with a special presentation from the youth performers.
2008 In Harmony with Hope Award Honorees
Lois Lee (Founder & Director), Children of the Night, childrenofthenight.org
Lois Lee has spent the past 30 years advocating for and providing help to thousands of children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced into prostitution. Children of the Night (COTN) started as a walk-in crisis center and 24-hour hotline. Three decades later, the hotline’s highly trained staff receives 10,000 calls from desperate kids each year. An in-home program started in 1994 provides shelter and nurture for up to 100 teens, and features an onsite school and college placement program. In 2011, Lee initiated With Out Walls (WOW) to bring COTN’s award-winning programs to underfunded and undeveloped teen shelters across the country.
Dr. Jack McConnell (Founder), Volunteers in Medicine, volunteersinmedicine.org
Jack McConnell created the first Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in 1994, when he paired a group of retired medical personnel who were searching for a way to continue practicing their profession with a large uninsured population on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He worked with the state legislature to pass a bill to create a special volunteer medical license that would allow retired physicians to practice medicine at free clinics without taking the licensure exam or paying the fee. Today, the Volunteers in Medicine Institute shepherds the replication of that program—there are 86 VIM clinics in 25 states whose 11,000 volunteers deliver care to more than 100,000 uninsured Americans each year.
About The Elfenworks Foundation: The Elfenworks Foundation was created in an effort to support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in innovative and unconventional ways. We strive to be -In Harmony with Hope℠- by shining light on causes that benefit humanity. In affiliation with U.S. centers of academic excellence, our multi-faceted, creative and hardworking team of social entrepreneurs and advisors draws on expertise in communications, technology, film, music, law, and business administration to empower the nonprofits we serve. We remove obstacles, help strengthen program and business-model capacities, build infrastructures, forge alliances, and raise awareness about these organizations and our shared agenda. In this way we work in harmony towards our common goal of positive, measurable, and sustainable change. Our current initiative is to ameliorate domestic poverty and provide new hope for the disenfranchised here at home. To learn more about The Elfenworks Foundation, partners and honorees, and initiatives, visit www.elfenworks.org.