Friday, November 12, 2010

The Classy Awards Inspire More Than Accolades

Photo Credit: StayClassy

by Jana Schreiber

Many of us tend to spend the majority of our formative years focusing on ourselves. It’s all about getting into the right college, joining the right clubs, meeting the right people, finding the right job.

Up until now, achieving those goals has been my primary concern, and although I volunteered and participated in community service projects over the years, it never felt that my intentions were entirely unselfish. I would undoubtedly be padding my resume with these activities, trying to impress whichever college or whatever employer happened to look at it.

Attending the Second Annual Classy Awards at the San Diego Civic Theatre this past Sunday, November 7, 2010 marked a turning point for me.

As I listened to the inspiring stories of those being honored- many of them only in their twenties- I couldn’t help but think to myself: “You’re done with school, you’ve got a job, an apartment, and a boyfriend- it’s time to take the focus off of you and put it on others.”

Whether the evenings award winners were motivated to take action when faced with their own trials- like Jeremy Poincenot of the C.U.R.E. Ride for LHON Research who himself was diagnosed with LHON (Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy)- or whether they had been inspired by the stories of others- as the three young founders of Invisible Children were when they witnessed horrors in Northern Uganda- each of them have taken their passion, sympathy, and outrage and channeled it into tangible change.

Other Classy Award winners included The Dream Program, Inc. for Most Influential College Student or Organization and Philanthropic Small Business, The Office of Letters and Light for Most Innovative Use of Social Media, and Nourishing NYC for Charity of the Year.  Click here to see the rest of the winners.

StayClassy (see the recent blog on them here) even got Mr. Ron Burgundy himself to give a shout out to all of the altruistic attendees.

In an effort to be classy myself, I am now looking into ways that I can get involved with causes I care about and am ever grateful to the Classy Awards for allowing me to be inspired by the people who are selflessly committing themselves to be the change they wish to see in the world.

Jana Schreiber works as a copywriter at a luxury real estate brokerage in Newport Beach. 

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