Three women were recognized for their dedication, compassion and drive this week in Self magazine's second-annual Women Doing Good Awards. Each honoree received $10,000 for her charity.
The event, presented by Burt's Bees and sponsored by Kashi in conjunction with Self, honored Lindsay Guetschow and her Cool Globes project, Erin Sprague of In the Running and Beth Ann Levendoski of the Tierra Miguel Foundation. The honorees were selected from thousands of Self reader nominations.
Ms. Guetschow has been working for the past four years to educate people about the issue of global warming through stopglobalwarming.org. She created the nonprofit organization Cool Globes to raise awareness of the problem and inspire people to embrace solutions through its traveling art exhibit, "Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet," which displays 60 7-foot globes designed by artists and schoolchildren.
Ms. Sprague, who set a world record as the youngest woman to run seven marathons on seven continents, is CEO of In the Running. The grass-roots organization, started in 2006, helps seven organizations make a local impact on humanitarian and environmental challenges on each continent and the global community.
Ms. Levendoski, president and executive director of Tierra Miguel Foundation, co-founded the organization in 1999 to educate people about the value of local sustainable practices and strengthening the connection between people and their food sources. Tierra Miguel's 85-acre produce farm has delivered more than 1,070 tons of fresh, locally grown produce to neighboring families and schools.
In presenting the awards, Kimberly Kelleher, VP-publisher of Self, said, "We honor these incredible women for their accomplishments. Each of them has achieved so much as an individual. Just imagine how their inspiration can empower all of us to do just a little bit more and make a tremendous difference in the world."