The Spirit of Humanity Award was created to honor non-profit corporations that provide extraordinary assistance to Tampa Bay residents with special needs. Since April 2002, more than 40 organizations have been recognized for their contributions to the community.

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Spirit of Humanity award

To qualify for the Spirit of Humanity award, the organization must have a 501 (c)(3) designation from the IRS.  Please be sure to attach your organization’s most recent 990 and IRS letter of determination to your nomination form.

Each winner receives the following benefits:

– A $25,000 donation from the DeBartolo Family Foundation
– News release to local media announcing the award and the organization
– If desired, a link to its website on the DeBartolo Family Foundation website
– A celebratory Spirit of Humanity award presentation
– Spirit of Humanity Trophy

The Nomination cycle for 2016 is now open. Please submit all nominations by October 14, 2016. 

 

Current Recipients

THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THAT TROOP REWARDS HAS RECEIVED A $25,000 SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD, WHOSE MISSION IS SUPPORTING OUR DEPLOYED ARMED FORCES BY PROVIDING “RnR RECOVERY VACATIONS” TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Troop Rewards Founder, Tom Burkett, and his volunteers have worked tirelessly since 2009 to provide hundreds of RnR Recovery Vacations to our men and women serving in uniform today to help them reconnect with their loved ones, to show them that we appreciate their service, and reward them for the risk they take to defend all of our freedoms and way of life we enjoy every day back home. Troop Rewards is the only charity in the US and the World that is providing these RnR Recovery Vacations for ACTIVE DEPLOYED military families and is making a difference in PTSD, divorce rates, and the effective reintegration for our men and women.

“Troop Rewards is run solely by a dedicated group of volunteers. 100% of all of their revenue goes directly to military families from all 50 states” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “It is wonderful to see their passion and commitment to honoring and thanking the members of our Armed Forces!”

Since April 2002, 47 organizations have been recognized for their service to the community with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award.

For more information about Troop Rewards, please visit trooprewards.org

 

THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THAT POWERSTORIES THEATRE HAS RECEIVED A $25,000 SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD, WHOSE MISSION AS A NON-PROFIT IS STAGING TRUE STORIES TO OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS AND INSPIRE ACTION WORLDWIDE.

The story begins when Powerstories Theatre was born in 1998 as Fran Powers crossed the Wyoming border on a cross country bike trip. The idea took root when she returned to Tampa and notified women of an audition opportunity. She simply asked “Do you have a story to tell?” Eight local women, ages 30 to 70, with little to no acting background were selected to perform for the general public. An original script “Let the Stories Move You” with original music was written to link all the stories into a cohesive and inspirational theatre piece.  Powerstories Theatre debuted in November 2000 at the Friday Morning Musicale in Tampa, Florida. By August 2001 they performed at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to sold out audiences.

“Powerstories is a wonderful local & intimate theatre that shares and stages true stories. They connect people, help inspire and motivate so many women and girls” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “Powerstories truly does open minds and hearts!”

Since April 2002, 46 organizations have been recognized for their service to the community with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award.

For more information about Powerstories Theatre, please visit powerstories.com.

 

THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THAT WHEELCHAIRS 4 KIDS HAS RECEIVED A $25,000 SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD, WHICH IS A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES.

The organization was created by Madeline Robinson when the need for a charity such as Wheelchairs 4 Kids became apparent as she worked with various children’s charities.  It was not uncommon to meet a child in a wheelchair that was too small for them or that was in such disrepair that duct tape was required to hold it together.  The organization’s goal is to give every child with mobility challenges the best opportunity to live life at its’ fullest.

“Providing children with wheelchairs, assisting with ramps, wheelchair lifts and home modifications, speaks volumes about their commitment to changing how children are able to live their daily lives” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “Wheelchairs 4 Kids vision to become nationally recognized and assist children in need everywhere is admirable.”

Since April 2002, 45 organizations have been recognized for their service to the community with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award.

For more information about Wheelchairs 4 Kids, please visit their website wheelchairs4kids.org.

 

THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY HOPE CHEST IS THE MOST RECENT RECIPIENT OF THE $25,000 SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD. MY HOPE CHEST IS A NON-PROFIT THAT HELPS RESTORE SELF ESTEEM, DIGNITY AND CONFIDENCE TO BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS BY FACILITATING AND FUNDING RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AND TO EDUCATE SURVIVORS ON THEIR OPTIONS.

The organization was founded by Alissa Savoretti, an entrepreneur and former Las Vegas Show Girl. At the time of her diagnosis she was without insurance and after waiting nearly 3 years to acquire her own reconstruction, she realized there were not many options for uninsured women who had a mastectomy. Believing she couldn’t be the only women in this situation and decided to create an organization that picks up where all other breast cancer organizations leave off.

“My Hope Chest is the only national organization that funds reconstructive surgery for survivors. There is a huge lack of awareness that thousands of survivors are falling through cracks of medical care and living without one or both breasts. ” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “It is an honor to present My Hope Chest with this funding that is very much needed not only in Tampa Bay, but across the country as well.”

Since April 2002, 46 organizations have been recognized for their service to the community with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award.

For more information about My Hope Chest, please visit their website myhopechest.org

 

Click here to view past recipients.