BURLINGAME, Calif., Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last evening, the Elfenworks Foundation, an organization that works for hope in America by fostering creative and technology solutions to advance change, announced the recipients of the 10th annual In Harmony with Hope Award. The award was given to three Bay Area social entrepreneurs who play significant roles in shaping a better future for our country. Their organizations offer programs that leverage the potential of disadvantaged students through entrepreneurship; create pathways to success for top Black and Latinx talent in the technology industry; and provide mobile hygiene services for the homeless. The celebration emphasized a decade of hope, as honorees were presented with cash grants at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA.
The 2016 In Harmony with Hope Award honorees include:
- Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Founder and CEO of BUILD, which uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success.
- Laura Weidman Powers, Co-Founder and CEO of CODE2040, which seeks to build a stronger, more inclusive innovation economy by closing the diversity gap in tech.
- Doniece Sandoval, Founder and CEO of Lava Mae, which converts retired city buses into mobile hygiene facilities to deliver showers and rekindle dignity to those experiencing homelessness.
Over the past ten years, Elfenworks has honored 30 social entrepreneurs across America who are working to create sustainable change. Previous In Harmony with Hope Award recipients have included visionaries like Rosalynn Carter and Dr. Paul Farmer.
For the sixth year, Wells Fargo contributed $10,000 in support of the program. Radio personality Charly Kayle served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
In reflecting on the incredible individuals whom Elfenworks has honored with its In Harmony with Hope Award over the past decade, Elfenworks Founder and CEO Dr. Lauren Speeth, said, "This year's honorees have very different skills and niches. Each has a vision for how to help that is different from the other, but they all share an address. They all dwell in possibility. That's where hope lives. And their work keeps hope alive."
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