WEDU Be More Awards

Philanthropy Friday Winner of the Week


Friday, May 27, 2016

Andrew Lumish

WEDU Be More Positive, ABC Action News Positively Tampa Bay Award

From ABC Action News: As a self-employed carpet cleaner, Andrew Lumish of Land ‘O Lakes gets only one day off a week. And on most of those Sundays he uses his cleaning skills to honor veterans and their families- anonymously. Until now.

"The tombstones themselves are typically in poor condition" explains Lumish as he unloads cleaning supplies from his work van at the Lutz Cemetery.

On this Sunday, Lumish has identified three grave markers, so dirty, the inscription can barely be read.

"It’s something that I feel I should do to give them the proper respect for fighting for our country. And they may not any family still living."

Lumish has done research to find products that will clean limestone, slate, marble and granite without damaging the stone. He’s a history buff who researches the lost veterans who served in conflicts dating back to the Civil War.

"These aren’t just stones sitting in a cemetery in Florida. These are real people I think about their lives."

In the two and half years Lumish has been visiting cemeteries around the Bay Area, he’s never been chased away.

"I may be trespassing right, but it’s a good kind of trespassing. And I’ll take that all day."

Full story and video from ABC Action News


About Philanthropy Fridays

The WEDU Be More Awards were created to pay tribute to the many unsung heroes in our community. Learn more about area nonprofits and volunteers during Philanthropy Fridays. We’ll highlight one winner each week through August, so check back for the latest, or follow WEDU on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to use hashtag #PhilanthropyFriday!


Past Featured Winners


Friday, May 13, 2016

Melissa Dohme

In January of 2012, Melissa Dohme’s high school ex-boyfriend brutally attacked her by stabbing her 32 times in the neck, face, arms, and hands in an attempt to take her life. It is a true miracle that she is alive today after flat-lining four times and suffering a stroke from a massive amount of blood loss. Following that horrific night, Melissa felt the conviction to become an advocate and speak out against domestic violence. She has shared her story with thousands by speaking at various domestic violence events. Her deepest passion is speaking to high school and college students because she met her abuser in high school.



Friday, May 6, 2016

Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The museum, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is providing the Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust program (LEAS) for the first time in Florida.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Leigh Dittman

As an infant, Leigh was diagnosed with brittle bone disease and has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa since. But this has never held Leigh back. For 12 years, Leigh has been on a quest to raise $1 MILLION DOLLARS for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa. In September, at an event attended by hundreds of supporters, she achieved her goal. Leigh plans to continue helping the hospital, where she hopes to work as a nurse after college.



Friday, April 15, 2016

Lisl Schick

Lisl Schick was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. In 1939, at age eleven, she and her seven year old brother escaped Nazi-occupied Austria on a Kinder transport train for England, where they lived for six years before being reunited with their parents in New York. This life-defining experience has led Mrs. Schick to volunteer hundreds of hours speaking at schools and with tour groups at The Florida Holocaust Museum.



Friday, April 8, 2016

Sunrise of Pasco

Sunrise of Pasco is a catalyst for change through a commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence by providing prevention and intervention services.



Friday, April 1, 2016

Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc.

For more than a century, AAA has been a leader in the efforts to make our roadways safer and help reduce the numbers of people who are killed or injured in traffic crashes. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing a continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in our communities.


View the full list of past winners in the archive.