Mannington has named the winners of its 2007 Stand on a Better World Awards. With an eye toward honoring women who make a difference both in their communities and the world at large, Mannington selected the three finalists from a pool of entries sent to the competition’s website earlier this year. The winners include women involved in founding a pediatric care center for at-risk infants, a literacy group for blind children and an aid organization for impoverished families in Latin America. The entries were judged by a panel including famed athlete Billie Jean King, television journalist Deborah Roberts and Olga Murray, founder of the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation and grand prize winner of last year’s award.
Barbara Drennen of Kent, Wash., was recognized for founding
the Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent. A longtime foster care provider, she
saw firsthand the ravages of drugs on newborns and infants. She helped launch
the nonprofit Center in 1990. The 24-hour facility aims to provide short-term
specialized care for infants exposed to drugs. More than 2,200 newborns have
been treated since the Center opened.
Debra Bonde of Livonia, Mich., received an award for launching
Seedlings Braille Books for Children in her hometown. As a volunteer Braille
transcriber, she became discouraged that less than 5 percent of children’s
books are also provided in Braille. She launched Seedlings in 1984. The group
focuses on increasing literacy in blind children by offering high-quality,
low-cost Braille books. Seedlings has produced more than 230,000 books in
Mannington also honored Nancy Press, Ph.D., of Portland, Ore. She
was horrified while traveling through Mexico to see the lack of access to
healthcare and education for children. She launched Child Aid 20 years ago to help
impoverished Latin American children by establishing partnerships with
grassroots community organizations in Latin America.
The three finalists will attend the third annual awards ceremony
at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 15. There, the panel of
judges including guests of honor Billie Jean King, Deobrah Roberts and Olga
Murray will select one grand prize winner. She will be awarded $25,000 to
donate to her favorite charity. Additionally, two runners up will win $10,000
apiece to give to charity.
Entries for the 2008 Stand on a Better World Awards will be
accepting beginning April 1, 2008, exclusively at www.StandonaBetterWorld.com. Any
U.S. or Canadian woman is eligible to enter, according to Mannington.
Stand on a Better World: Mannington chooses three outstanding women for annual awards
September 25, 2007