Heroes are all around us. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Unsung heroes committed to helping others without expectation of reward. These are the citizens for which the Jefferson Awards were created.
Fifty honorees were recognized on May 5, 2016 at one of Pittsburgh’s biggest gatherings of community service volunteers at Heinz History Center for the annual Jefferson Awards presentations.
They were selected by a community judging panel from more than 350 award nominations received during 2015, and each received a bronze Jefferson Award medallion.
Our own Lauren McLean, founder of Mothers of Angels was recognized for her commitment to the organization. Lauren said of the event, “[I] had such an unbelievable night at the Jefferson Awards!! It was such an honor and I was so humbled to be among so many amazing individuals making a difference in our community!”.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette featured Mothers of Angels in an article published on Monday May 9th.
Recently the Mothers of Angels support group dissolved and became The Still Remembered Project.
About the Jefferson Awards
The Jefferson Awards were co-founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, as the “Nobel Prize” for public service. Named for Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s most influential Founding Fathers and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the Jefferson Awards’ central tenet is that each and every citizen shares a responsibility to work toward the betterment of their communities through economic participation, public service, volunteerism and other such efforts to improve life for all. Today, the mission of the Jefferson Awards is to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America. To date, more than 50,000 individuals, including many prominent Americans, have been recognized by the Jefferson Awards for their efforts to make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.jeffersonawards.org.