Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Online voters chose “philanthropic angel” Nancy Larsen and innovative artist Molly Lieberman as winners of this year's "One Small Voice" award from the Savannah Children's Choir.
Nancy Larsen supports numerous local arts organizations and is most known for her work with Kids Cafe, a program at the Second Harvest Food Bank which provides meals and programming for children, and Chef’s Table, the fundraising event that helps support it.
Molly Lieberman developed an innovate program called “Loop it up Savannah” that helps disadvantaged youth find their voices through artistic expression.
The Savannah Children’s Choir presented their One Small Voice award in a ceremony held at the American Legion this past weekend. This year’s event marks a new direction for the seven-year-old award. For the first time, the process was open to the community for online nominations and voting.
Other nominees included: Olympic weightlifter Kerri Goodrich for her work in helping children achieve goals using weightlifting as a tool to inspire and engage them; writer Catherine Killingsworth for her work with Deep, a non-profit devoted to helping students improve their writing skills; and Dr. Thomas McKee, pediatric intensivist, for his work not only saving children’s lives, but also for training nurses and future pediatricians how to compassionately care for children and their families.
“We’re so fortunate to have had online voting this year,” states Jamey Espina, Chairman of the SCC’s Board of Trustees. “There’s no way the Board of Trustees could have chosen winners from the excellent slate of semi-finalists. Each one had such a compelling story about the incredible work they do.”
Launched in 2007 as a way for the Savannah Children’s Choir to sing the praises of individuals making a difference in the lives of children, the award is more than just recognizing a winner, according to Cuffy Sullivan, SCC Executive Director. “The process of nominating and voting also helps get the word out to a broader audience about the variety of efforts going on in our community that made a difference in children’s lives,” she comments.
For a complete listing of former One Small Voice winners and their stories, go to www.savannahchoir.org.