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2014 AWARDS

The Helen Diller Family Foundation

Celebrates the

15

Recipients of the 2014

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards

Paige Alenick

Woodcliff Lake, NJ | 18

One night while brushing her teeth, Paige thought about the toothbrush in her hand, and how fortunate she was to have the small necessity.

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Tyler Barbee

Mill Valley, CA | 16

Moved and motivated by watching his older brother manage the challenges of autism, Tyler was inspired to help teens with special needs to explore, expand, and celebrate their own abilities.

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Zach Certner

Morristown, NJ | 18

Driven to create opportunities for kids like Mikey to be part of the fun, Zach and his brother co-founded SNAP (Special Needs Athletic Programs), a project that provides opportunities for children with special needs to participate in athletic and social programming.

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Jonny Cohen

Highland Park, IL | 19

During a walk home from school in seventh grade, Jonny began contemplating the environmental footprint of the school buses that passed by him—and how a design change might reduce emissions and cut fuel costs for buses nationwide.

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Morgan Davidson

Woodland Hills, CA | 16

In four years Morgan successfully founded two Ambassadors for Hope Club high school chapters, recruited over 250 Be the Match donors, matched four individuals with donors, and raised over $45,000 for City of Hope.

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Jacob Gardenswartz

La Mesa, CA | 18

Sitting through a fairly typical school lecture about the ills of bullying, Jacob was inspired to find a more captivating way to get teens to empathize with their peers.

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Katie Hamelburg

Potomac, MD | 19

Katie set out to empower teens to participate in projects that fix the world, one volunteer hour at a time. To accomplish this, Katie launched Operation 18,000 to channel the volunteer energy of United Synagogue Youth (USY).

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Amanda Harris

Atlanta, GA | 19

A dancer at heart, Amanda created Wear then Share to empower underprivileged children through dance and provide them with the dancewear they need to take center stage.

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Maxine Harvey

Methuen, MA | 18

Maxine experienced first-hand the transformative power an individual can make in another’s life when she was adopted from China by a single mother in Massachusetts. From a young age, Maxine has been finding ways to pay it forward.

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Yoni Kalin

Washington, DC | 19

After watching a restaurant server throw away barely-used crayons at the end of a family meal, Yoni saw an opportunity to turn trash into treasure.

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Lillian Pravda

New York, NY | 14

Lillian began volunteering in a pediatric surgical unit when she was 8. Since then, she has helped provide 24,210 children with the gift of sight.

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Adena Rochelson

Fayetteville, NY | 15

A passionate advocate, Adena diligently campaigns to raise awareness of how everyday items can improve the quality of life of people living at or below the poverty line.

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Yaniv Sadka

Beverly Hills, CA | 18

Teens Curing Cancer (TCC) began with one boy, Benny, and his battle with lymphoma.

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Joshua Toch

Morgan Hill, CA | 18

After experiencing significant bullying as a result of having cerebral palsy, Joshua one day decided to speak up about his experience. The response led him to keep stepping up and speaking out.

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Samantha Vinik

Millburn, NJ | 17

Samantha, who was born with severe hearing loss, always wanted to help others prevent the loss she couldn’t avoid. She started by working with a few friends to design a lesson on how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

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Celebrating

The 2014 Award Recipients

2014 Award Ceremony