The award, given by actress Jane Seymour’s Open Heart Foundation, recognizes the achievements of community leaders. Applicants submit their own short essays, inspiring stories that illustrate the Foundation’s mission and truly epitomize the ability to overcome difficult situations, by creating positive improvements in the world around them. Three community leaders were selected to be honored, and are invited to attend.
Former foster child and “Little Sister” turned bestselling author and business leader, Elle Febbo, submitted her story about how her participation in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program transformed her from a “throwaway kid” to someone who felt loved and who had an important purpose.
“Before Lisa, I never would have believed that anything wonderful was in store for a girl like me,” says Elle in her short essay. “She reminded my heart that I was worthy.” Her full essay can be read at KeepAnOpenHeart.com.
As the grand prize honoree, Elle will attend the Open Hearts Foundation 2015 Gala on May 9, accepting a gift of $10,000 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, please contact Danica Selvaggio at [email protected]
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBSVC) has been helping youth in Ventura County and neighboring communities realize their potential for over 44 years. Facilitating more than 1,500 one-to-one mentoring relationships annually between adult or school-based volunteers and youth ages 6-21, BBSVC is committed to bringing their life- changing program to every child who needs and wants it. BBSVC is an independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that depends on private donors for 75% of its funding. To donate, become a mentor, or learn more about BBSVC, please call (805) 484-2282 or visit www.bbsvc.org.
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