WEDU Be More Awards


The Be More Awards Inspire Support

The WEDU Be More Awards were created to pay tribute to the many unsung heroes in the community served by WEDU – the area’s primary PBS station and public media company.

Each year, this multifaceted program celebrates the human spirit and showcases the best work by nonprofit organizations in West Central Florida, the individuals that support them – and WEDU.

Now, more than ever, local nonprofit organizations are essential in our community. You are pioneering new ways to serve, educate, and broaden new horizons.

WEDU PBS announced this year’s winners during the 11th Annual WEDU Be More Awards on February 4, 2016. The best works from area nonprofits were highlighted as part of this award winning, nationally-recognized, and multi-media supported event.


Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Be More Hero: Linda Osmundson, former Executive Director of CASA

Be More Informed Nielsen Marketing Campaign Award: Metropolitan Ministries

Be More Entertaining Special Events Award: Quantum Leap Farm, Inc.

Be More Brilliant AT&T Innovation Award: Wheels of Success

Be More Enriched Greenberg Traurig Arts & Culture Award: Great Explorations, Inc.

Be More Knowledgeable Bank of Tampa Educational Outreach Award: Florida Holocaust Museum, Inc.

Be More Humble Warren Averett People’s Choice Award: Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.

Be More Relevant Best Use of Video Award: Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc.

Be More Involved Mason Dixon Volunteerism Award: Lisl Schick, The Florida Holocaust Museum

Be More Inspiring Florida Hospital Rising Star Award: Leigh Dittman, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Tampa

Be More Entrepreneurial Engaged Philanthropist Award: John Auer, American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Be More Empowered Small Nonprofit Award: Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay

Be More Outspoken Voice of Tampa Bay Award: Melissa Dohme, Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay

Be More Positive ABC Action News Award: Andrew Lumish

Be More Encouraged Judges’ Choice Award: Sunrise of Pasco

Be More Unstoppable Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc.

View the official press release