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2006 National and International Honorees:

Selected for their philanthropic actions in a variety of categories:
Acclaimed actress and Esquire Magazine’s 2005 “Sexiest Woman Alive” Jessica Biel received the Golden Karma “Young Philanthropist” Award for her charitable works. In addition to continuously supporting organizations such as Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Serving Those Who Serve and PETA, the young actress has already established her own charitable organization, the Make the Difference Network (MTDN), a national “wish list” where people can search, find and fund specific “wishes” and “needs” that have been listed by nonprofit organizations.

Philanthropic Focus
Serving Those Who Serve meets the needs of injured soldiers and veterans returning from home Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Focusing on providing home modifications and repairs to help ease the transition back into their home after a life altering injury, Serving Those Who Serve is a joint effort between Rebuilding Together and Countrywide. The projects focus on the rehabilitations of a home to help make them safer, more comfortable and to improve the quality of life for greater independence and mobility for military personnel with severe service related injuries. For more information on Serving Those Who Serve visit www.servingthosewhoserve.com

Serving Those Who Serve


The Golden Karma "Spirit of Hollywood" Award was presented to Hollywood Mayor and Chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Johnny Grant for his record breaking years of service to the USO. Grant holds the record of 58 USO tours to entertain and show appreciation for the United States Armed Forces.

Philanthropic Focus
The USO provides morale, welfare and entertainment needs to men and women in uniform. Delivering its programs and services at more than 120 locations around the world. USO offers a virtual "home away from home" with free internet, email access, libraries and reading rooms, housing assistance, family crisis counseling, support groups, game rooms and nursery facilities for military personnel and their family members. A congressionally chartered, private non-profit organization, The USO relies on their generosity of individuals and corporations for funding. For more information or to make a contribution go to www.uso.org or call 1-800-876-7469

USO


Oscar and Golden Globe winning actress Marlee Matlin was also honored for her passionate dedication to The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. Matlin is a board member and tireless advocate for the group which helps children and families affected by this devastating disease.

Philanthropic Focus
Children Affected by6 AIDS Foundation (CAAF) seemd to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children impacted by AIDS/HIV in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Devoted to providing social, educational, recreational and other critical support programs, through grant-making and the development of initiatives CAAF meets the needs of children by raising and distributing funds to improve their daily lives. CAAF dollars some from fundraising events, the support of sponsor organizations and generosity of donors. The organization has generated over $23 million and provided critical assistance to the pediatric AIDS community. For more information on CAAF visit www.caaf4kids.org

Children Affected by Aids Foundation


Jane Seymour – was recognized with a Golden Karma Award for her extensive work with the American Red Cross. Seymour’s work with the Red Cross in Kenya inspired an eye-opening documentary filmed by her husband James Keach and served as the catalyst for her to form the J & J Foundation to benefit children in need.

Philanthropic Focus
Jane Seymour is a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. Through a joint effort between the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundations, CDC, UNICEF, and WHO, the Measles Initiative is committed to reducing measles deaths. Each year, measles kills more than 454,000 people globally, and those 410,000 are children under the age of five. Easily prevented with a simple vaccination that cost less than a $1 per child: as part of the Measles Initiative, 217, million children in more than 40 African countries have been vaccinated against this disease. Largely due to the Measles Initiative, measles deaths had been reduced by 60% in Africa, contributing to a 48% drop globally. To learn more about the Measles Initiative visit www.measlesinitiative.org.

Measles Initiative


Unity Through Music - a nonprofit organization founded by Maestro Edin Dino Zonic. As Composer, Conductor and Cultural Ambassador, Maestro Zonic is dedicated to continuing the expansion of peace and unity through music, music that bridges cultural, national and religious barriers to bring the universal message of peace and hope to the world at large. This is accomplished through an ongoing series of concerts and associated activities throughout the world.

Philanthropic Focus
Unity Through Music- a nonprofit organization founded by Maestro Edin Dino Zonic. As Composer, Conductor and Cultural Ambassador, Maestro Zonic is dedicated to continuing the expansion of peace and unity through music., music that bridges cultural, national and religious barriers to bring the universal message of peace and hope to the world at large. This is accomplished through an ongoing series of concerts and associated activities throughout the world.

Unity Through Music





2006 Phoenix Community Philanthropy Honorees

Don Henninger, Publisher of The Business Journal and active Valley leader was selected as this year's honoree for Corporate Leadership.








 
Robert Machiz, major supporter of numerous nonprofit initiatives was selected as this year's honoree for Individual Leadership.

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