NEW YORK, Nov 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grand Prize Winner, Amy Jaffe Barzach of Hartford, CT, Along with 10 Other Deserving Finalists Honored for Their Entrepreneurial Spirit on Today's Edition of The Martha Stewart Show
Plus, Renowned Author and Speaker Dr. Maya Angelou Presented with the Martha Stewart Living Legend Award
On today's edition of The Martha Stewart Show (nationally syndicated, check local listings), Martha Stewart welcomed the 11 finalists in her second annual "Dreamers Into Doers" Awards program to the set of her New York City studio to announce the Grand Prize winner. More than 2,225 dreamers entered the competition, which honors extraordinary women who have turned their specific passions into a career, business or philanthropic program, just as Martha did 25 years ago with her first book, Entertaining. Since the program's launch in May, close to 10,000 women have joined the online Dreamers community at www.marthastewart.com/dreamers, actively conversing with the 11 finalists and each other, and sharing tips for creating a successful enterprise. Approximately 15,000 women have also signed up to receive the weekly "Dreamers into Doers" newsletter full of helpful ideas and advice.
Amy Jaffe Barzach of West Hartford, CT was named the Grand Prize winner. Amy founded Boundless Playgrounds(TM), the first national non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create playgrounds for children of all abilities. After the heartbreaking death of her nine-month-old son Jonathan from spinal muscular atrophy, Amy decided to create a playground where children with and without disabilities could play together. After the playground opened in 1996, there was an outpouring of people looking to build similar structures in their communities that led to establish Boundless Playgrounds in 1997. Today, there are more than 100 Boundless Playgrounds in over 20 states and Canada, with dozens more in development. Amy received $10,000 from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. to help her pursue her dream, along with vacations for a lifetime provided by Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The 10 remaining finalists were each awarded $1,000 by MSLO, and also received a week-long vacation at the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort + Spa in Puerto Rico.
"I could not be happier to honor Amy and all of the finalists in this year's 'Dreamers Into Doers' Awards program for their unyielding passion that led to the realization of their dreams," said Martha Stewart, Founder of MSLO. She added, "It is my hope that all of our finalists and other contestants continue to thrive in their organizations, and that they remain beacons of inspiration for every woman who has talent, passion, and resolve to turn a dream into reality."
"Women on Their Way, a Wyndham Worldwide program that provides travel advice and support, is proud to sponsor Dreamers Into Doers," said Virginia Wilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "We applaud all of the award winners and the many unheralded nominees who serve as great role models to women every day."
In addition, Dr. Maya Angelou was recognized with the Martha Stewart Living Legend Award. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, Dr. Angelou continues to captivate audiences of all generations.
Also on the set was last year's Grand Prize winner, Cindy Kerr from Philadelphia, PA. Cindy, a talented quilter and devoted mother of a child with cancer, founded ConKerr Cancer to provide hand-made pillowcases to children battling life-changing illnesses. With the help of Martha Stewart's 'Dreamers Into Doers,' Cindy was able to expand ConKerr Cancer's contributions from six hospitals to 46 hospitals across North America, reaching more than 38,000 sick children with beautiful, handcrafted pillows.
2008 Dreamers Into Doers - Honorees:
Grand Prize Winner
Amy Jaffe Barzach, West Hartford, CT
First national non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities
create playgrounds for children with and without disabilities.
Stephanie Hogan Webb, Wilmington, NC
Offers a collection of garden-inspired clothing for infants, toddlers, and
kids. All garments are made from 100% certified Texas cotton and cut and
sewn in Pennsylvania.
Tabitha Geary, Richmond, VA
Tabitha Geary LLC
Creates personalized albums for clients using photos, artwork, letters,
etc. Voted as one of Virginia's Top 10 Growth Companies to Watch in 2008.
Patricia Fragen, Naperville, IL
Normal Moments, Inc
A 501 nonprofit that provides supportive services like house cleaning,
lawn care, meal allowances, pet care, and phone-support buddy to parents
with critically ill children. Currently serving 25 families in the Chicago
Jacquelyn Simoni, Glen Ellyn, IL
Puplights are lights that attach to the dog's collar for night walking.
Has donated hundreds of Puplights to worthwhile causes like Hurricane
Katrina, 82nd Airborne and Bear Search & Rescue.
Kristine Lindsay, Grafton, WI
Creates quilts for children of soldiers from Wisconsin. Has produced over
3,000 quilts. The goal is to create a quilt for every child with a family
member leaving for Iraq.
Carrie Morey, Charleston, SC
Callie's Charleston Biscuits
A biscuit company created with her mother Callie White. All southern-style
biscuits are made by hand, come in four varieties and ship all over the
BethAnn Goldberg, Menlo Park, CA
Customized 3D cakes.
Laura Masterson, Portland, OR
47th Avenue Farm in Portland, Oregon
Personal Farmer. Produces farm-fresh food grown in the city for people who
live there. Feeds more than 200 people and delivers to several renowned
restaurants. Clients have the chance to pick own food off farm land.
Kathy Tolleson, Daytona Beach, FL
ROAR Motorcycles, Inc.
Empowering women to design and customize their own bike. Also began a ROAR
Charity to help underprivileged women and children.
Ann McGee, Henderson, NV
Miracle Flights For Kids
Organization to finance and organize free airline tickets to critically
ill children in order to receive treatments.
About The Martha Stewart Show
"The Martha Stewart Show" is a nationally-syndicated, daily "how-to" series anchored by segments that entertain, inform and inspire. Shot in front of a studio audience, the hour-long program's format allows audience members, home viewers and special guests to participate and interact with host, Martha Stewart. Featuring movers, shakers and headline makers plus everyday people who've accomplished extraordinary things, "The Martha Stewart Show" sheds new light on subjects including cooking and entertaining, decorating, and home renovation and provides a forum for Martha Stewart's sense of humor, love of fun and desire to teach. Martha Stewart and Mark Burnett are executive producers. Bernie Young is co-executive producer. The Emmy-winning series is produced by "MSLO Productions, Inc." in association with Mark Burnett Productions and is currently distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution to more than 95% of the country.
About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses four magazines, including the company's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues and books. The marthastewart.com website provides consumers with instant access to MSLO's multimedia library, search and find capabilities, recipes, online workshops, community and personalization, as well as wedding-planning tools powered by WeddingWire. The Broadcasting segment produces such programming as the Emmy-winning daily, nationally syndicated television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and Martha Stewart Living Radio, channel 112 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, Martha Stewart Everyday at Kmart, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Wal-Mart, Michaels and independent retailers, Martha Stewart for 1-800-Flowers.com and a co-branded food line with Costco. In April 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit www.marthastewart.com.
About Wyndham Worldwide
As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses nearly 7,000 franchised hotels and approximately 583,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its nearly 3.7 million members access to more than 67,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts serving over 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs more than 30,000 employees globally.
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