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From: Events <events@wedu.org>
Date: 2009/1/20
Subject: WEDU is MORE

The day was filled with great stories, unscripted moments and nail-biting anticipation as WEDU recognized more than 85 nonprofit organizations in the area who applied for honors and recognition in the fourth annual WEDU Be More Awards™, held Thursday, January 15th at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. 


For those of you who attended the event along with the (other) 350 guests, I’m sure you left inspired by the many unsung heroes and their valiant efforts, as well as motivated to be more.  For those of you who did not attend [and those that did] please take a look at the links below for the most recent press clips and some great blog posts. 


Thanks for your support!


Laura Turner

Vice President of Communications

WEDU 1300 North Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607

813.254.9338 ext. 2240 Fax 813.739.2914 www.wedu.org



Plenty of heart, soul in Tampa Bay area
Tampabay.com – St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Dixon, whose real name is Jimmie Crawford, shared the story of his near-death experience at the WEDU Be More Awards on Thursday.


WEDU Be More Awards winners named
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Tampa,FL,USA
West central Florida’s largest PBS television station recognized more than 85 local nonprofit organizations in the fourth annual WEDU Be More Awards.

This article appeared in every Business Journal in the country. 


Big Cat News: People's Choice Award 2008
By BigCatRescue
The People's Choice Award was likened to the American Idol of the Non Profit World by host Jack Harris at the WEDU event on Jan. 15, 2009. This was an online voting contest that resulted in more than 50000 votes cast for 90 non profits
Big Cat News – http://bigcatnews.blogspot.com/

Big Cat Rescue taped their own win and posted it to their website.  Great example of social networking and "camera-phone" quality videos, etc.


The Marmelade Gypsy: Tampa Wrap Up
By Jeanie
I was also invited by the PBS brand manager to attend an award ceremony for community awards in Tampa called the “Be More” awards. They were started by the Tampa station and they’re launching the program nationally.
The Marmelade Gypsy – http://themarmeladegypsy.blogspot.com/


WEDU Be More Awards winners named | Bradenton Sarasota Drigg
WEDU Be More Awards winners named ・ http://us.rd.yahoo.com – Read ». Created by admin 6 hours 42 min ago – Made popular 31 min 26 sec ago. Category: Local News Tags:. Bradenton ・ Business ・ Journal ・ Sarasota ・ St. Petersburg ・ Tampa
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Accolades from Attendee

Richard, Laura and everyone:


I was so honored to be invited to your “Be More Awards” event in Tampa last week.  It was truly amazing!  How proud you must be to have pulled together such community spirit and volunteerism – all in one room – and the units of good you have all done for your community of Tampa was incredible.   The young man “Zack”, who raised all the money for homeless children was truly inspirational – and my idea of what a “PBS KID of Tomorrow” should be. 


I’m not sure we can emulate what you have done in Tampa – but I think there are some things we could do which might be similar.   I have sent your flyer from the ceremony to my Promotions Manager, Jennifer Amend, and asked her to calendar this for discussion at our next strategic planning session. 


Again, my congratulations on a wonderful event and your accomplishments  – it is clear WEDU is an important community resource!


Ruby Calvert

General Manager

Wyoming PBS



For the cats,

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an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
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