The Office Depot Foundation recognized six social entrepreneurs and enterprises for their commitment and persistence in helping others
Submitted by: CSRwire
Posted: May 22, 2013 – 03:30 PM EST
BOCA RATON, Fla., May 22 /CSRwire/ - In conjunction with this year's Weekend in Boca Civil Society Leadership Symposium, the Office Depot Foundation proudly hosted the Listen Learn Care Awards Celebration on Friday, May 17, 2013.
The awards, which reflect the Foundation’s mission – Listen Learn Care® – are presented annually and recognize a select group individuals of and/or non-profit organizations from around the country who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary creativity, innovation and achievement in serving the community of mankind.
“The Office Depot Foundation is strongly committed to serving children, families and communities around the world,” said Mary Wong, President of the Office Depot Foundation. “We seek to fulfill our mission not only through our own work, but also by helping to strengthen other non-profit organizations and by encouraging – and honoring – exceptional leadership in the non-profit, business, government or volunteer arenas through the Listen Learn Care Awards.”
This year’s honorees include:
“I’m honored to be among the recipients of the Listen Learn Care Awards,” said Joe Sibilia. “It is through such community service, educational and philanthropic achievements that we build and bolster healthy communities around the globe—and it starts locally. All of our initiatives and achievements began in or near the communities where we work and live. I’m grateful to the Office Depot Foundation for their unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots community initiatives.”
Previous recipients have included three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart and his mother, Pam Boas, an officer of the Tony Stewart Foundation; Dr. Michael Guillen, chairman and president of Philanthropy Project and executive producer of the award-winning film, Little Red Wagon; Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, founder, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet International; Zach Bonner, advocate for homeless youth and founder of the Little Red Wagon Foundation; the Navajo Code Talkers; and former Miami Dolphins greats Nat Moore and Dwight Stephenson, both of whom established foundations to serve young people in the community.
Sponsors of the Listen Learn Care Awards Celebration include the Wyndham Boca Raton, St. Andrew’s School, JKG Group, the Golden Bell Foundation, Eurest Dining Services, Coca-Cola and See Jane Work.
About the Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of non-profit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org, and follow us on Twitter.
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