WEDU Accepting Applications for 8th Annual Be More Awards

August 28, 2012 (Tampa, FL) – Now more than ever, local nonprofit organizations need support from the communities they serve. For the eighth consecutive year, WEDU, west central Florida’s primary PBS station, is accepting applications that highlight the best work from area 501(c)(3) organizations, which will be celebrated at the February 21, 2013 WEDU Be More Awards™ ceremony and luncheon – an event that has become known as the “Academy Awards® for Nonprofits.” Beginning August 31 through October 26, 2012, WEDU will accept applications from nonprofit organizations, both large and small. Online nominations will also be accepted in a variety of categories that will recognize acts of generosity and kindness by volunteers and individuals throughout west central Florida. “The driving force behind the WEDU Be More AwardsTM is not just simply to recognize the tremendous work that our area organizations and volunteers provide, but also to help build awareness and understanding for these organizations that rely so heavily on the support of the community they serve,” said Allison Hedrick, WEDU Vice President of Communications.


Over the past seven years, the WEDU Be More AwardsTM recognized hundreds of area nonprofit organizations, volunteers and individuals during the annual luncheon and awards ceremony. “I wasn’t really sure what the impact would be, but we have gotten a lot of mentor requests to become a mentor, which our whole program is one-on-one mentoring. So that’s been phenomenal. And then we’ve had some funders call us just seeking information and wanting to know more about us,” stated Vicki Sokolik, founder of Starting Right, Now – recipient of the 2012 WEDU Be More AwardsTM Nonprofit of the Year and $1,000 WEDU Community Investment Grant. This year, the WEDU Be More AwardsTM has added new categories to recognize outstanding achievements of young people under 21, philanthropic entrepreneurs, and small nonprofit organizations.


There is no charge to apply. The WEDU Be More Awards™ application and complete details can be found at or by calling 800.354.9338 ext. 2241.


WEDU Be More Awards Application Categories:

(Organizations must submit a completed application to be considered in these categories)

Be More Informed…Marketing Campaign Award

Be More Entertaining…Special Events Award

Be More Brilliant…Innovation Award

Be More Enriched…Arts & Culture Award

Be More Knowledgeable…Educational Outreach Award


WEDU Be More Awards Nomination Categories:

(Individuals or organizations must submit an online nomination to be considered in these categories.)

Be More Relevant…Best Use of Video Award

Be More Involved…Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism

Be More Inspiring…Rising Star Award

Be More Philanthropic…Engaged Philanthropist Award

Be More Humble…People’s Choice Award

Be More Empowering…Small Nonprofit Award


WEDU Be More Awards Application Categories:

(An independent judging panel will select the ultimate winner in these categories.)

Be More Giving…The Ryan Nece Foundation Power of Giving Award

Be More Encouraged…Judge’s Choice Award

Be More Unstoppable…Nonprofit of the Year Award


(Download the full press release here)