April 25th, 2013
Montage Hotels & Resorts is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the opening of its first hotel, Montage Laguna Beach. In honor of this milestone, they’re holding a Montage Memory Makers Contest, which will award five young humanitarians (between the ages of 13 – 17) with a $10,000 college scholarship for their efforts in inspiring and providing service to their communities. In addition to the scholarship, the five winners will also receive a trip for two to Montage Laguna Beach to meet with Montage Founder and CEO Alan Fuerstman. Not a bad deal for a few lucky winner 😉
Ten finalists have been announced and need your votes! See below for the list of what these young humanitarians have accomplished. After you read about them go and vote! Hurry, you have from now through April 26, 2013- vote here.
- Lulu Cerone, Calif.: founded LemonAID Warriors to inspire her peers to make social activism a part of their social life. Their “Philanthro-Parties” have raised $60,000.00 for global causes, and her mentoring Action Plans are used by major corporations to inspire over 4 million youth.
- Yasmine Davis, Calif.: founded Make a Birthday Wish, a nonprofit organization which gives homeless children happier birthdays by hosting monthly birthday parties and donating gifts for all the children at the shelter. Since its inception in 2009, the charity has provided birthdays for over 300 children and is on pace to sponsor more than 600 children in 2013.
- Marisol Meyer, Fla.: founded Good Acts by Great Actors based on Marisol’s belief that the arts can help to improve the quality of life for children in need. Her nonprofit organization hosts sensory friendly shows that autistic children can enjoy, raised money to purchase theatrical costumes for a children’s cancer hospital in Guatemala and participated in the creation of an anti-bullying video and campaign that is being aired from Miami to Nashville.
- Karin Olivo, Calif.: started the nonprofit organization Operation DREAM, which stands for Dominican Republic Emergency Aid Mission, to provide nourishment and hope to orphans in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To-date, Karin’s organization has delivered nearly 50,000 pounds of food.
- Katharine Rhoten, Wisc.: created KatharinesWish.org, which collects toys for hospitalized children in her home state and Minnesota. She has donated nearly 5,000 toys to children and has also created her own donor-advised fund, with the hope of issuing grants to hospitals around the country to buy toys for children.
- Chase Harris, Ariz.: created Classics for Causes, where he created multiple community partnerships in Arizona and used his talents to rebuild a 1967 Camaro which will be auctioned off this year, with all proceeds going to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
- Jason Cui, Va.: was motivated to create Youth Inspire when he realized that hospital patients lacked peer interaction and emotional support. His effort has now grown into a global enterprise which has raised $10,000 in funds to benefit teens in 10 countries.
- Hannah Moyles, N.C.: makes, collects, and donates handmade blankets, hats, scarves and more for her charity, From Ewe to You, which has helped over 10,000 people in need since it was founded.
- Kiran Sridhar, Calif.: is the founder of Waste No Food, a web-based nonprofit organization which allows food donors to efficiently donate to charities in real-time. To date, Waste No Food has served 30,000 meals to the hungry.
- Katy Dolan, Wash.: founded Life Enhancement Through Education in Music (LETEM), which aims to make music more accessible for all kids, and provides instruments and music programs to low-income children. In the last year, the group has circulated almost $10,000 worth of musical equipment and instruction to those in need.