“It’s not how much we
give, but how much love
we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

2016 Caring Award Winners

Adult Caring Award Winners

Dale Brown
Coaching Servant Leaders
Dale Brown tells parents “sports should not define your child.” And his career in sports doesn’t define him though he was one of the most successful basketball coaches at LSU. He’s also a philanthropist who has helped thousands. Brown has volunteered for Mother Teresa and aided hurricane victims. He has held basketball camps for Native Americans and fought for them to get educational funding. He has taken his teams to Carville Leper Colony and Angola State Penitentiary, where he campaigned for a prisoner’s pardon. And he has served up many leadership programs that motivate people to score by serving others.
Clinton John Lovejoy, MD
Rebuilding Bodies and Lives
Dr. Lovejoy leads teams of medical volunteers to needy nations. For 41 years, the retired orthopedic surgeon has gone to the Caribbean island of Grenada to upgrade medical equipment, build an arthroscopic system, and arrange for local surgeons to get more training. He also provided medical care in Haiti, where he performed hundreds of amputations after the earthquake of 2010. Seeing the shocking lack of resources, he funded and built a state-of-the art prosthetic lab for the poverty-stricken nation. He has also convinced 500 orthopedic surgeons to join his medical missions, mentor Haitian surgeons, or just help those who can’t afford their care.

Clinton Annette March-Grier
Healing the Wounds of Urban Warfare
Annette March-Grier helps Baltimore’s grieving children heal after a relative’s death. Many kids face this trauma since Baltimore is a violent place with few resources to help them cope. That’s where she steps in as a counselor and registered nurse. Her organization, Roberta’s House, has provided grief support to more than 2,300 children and families who have lost a loved one. They’re much like the people she watched at her parents’ funeral home, where she heard her mother comfort grieving families. Now she passes on these lessons in kindness through educational workshops, internships for mental health professionals, and support groups for high-risk teens.

Emmanuel Ohonme
Getting Kids on their Feet
Manny Ohonme has taken giant strides to provide children with shoes. He learned the difference they make at age nine when a missionary in Nigeria gave him his first pair of shoes and told him to dream big. That gift of hope inspired him to win a scholarship to a U.S. college and start his own technology business. He had climbed the ladder of success but never forgot the Good Samaritan from his homeland. On a visit there, he saw barefoot children whose plight inspired him to start Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that has distributed seven million pairs of shoes in 75 countries.

John and Joyce Wanda
Building a Community of Hope
John and Joyce Wanda provide education, health care, and opportunity for children in rural Uganda, where classes are overcrowded, learning is done on empty stomachs, and malaria keeps many kids home. These problems are familiar to the couple who grew up there and came to the U.S. after winning a lottery visa. Once here, they settled in Arlington, Virginia, home to some of the nation’s top schools. After seeing the opportunities their kids had, the Wandas founded Arlington Academy of Hope. Besides educating 300 children, their organization provides micro-financing for women to start businesses of their own and trains community members in farming techniques that will make them self-sufficient.

Young Adult Caring Award Winners

Clinton Emily Lites
Age 17, Texas
Emily makes sick kids smile. She has raised more than $100,000 and passed out 11,000 boxes full of toys and gifts to young hospital patients and their siblings. She has also inspired kids nationwide to host Emily’s Smile Boxes events for their friends.
Clinton Kylee McCumber
Age 15, Massachusetts
Every week Kylee provides 300 hungry children with her Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, full of nonperishable food items. Donations of more than $200,000 have also allowed her to hold ice cream socials and provide Thanksgiving dinners for homeless families.
Clinton Kenan Mujkanovic
Age 18, Kentucky
Kenan launched his Young Visionaries Foundation to get youths to volunteer and keep them away from violence. He has provided meals and books to thousands of low-income people, led clean ups of greenway trails, and organized marches to promote peace.
Clinton Kira Weiss
Age 18, California
Kira brought Ugandan refugees back to the villages they fled in the wake of a violent militant movement. The women were Home by the Holidays, thanks to Kira’s success in raising $43,000 to pay for their transportation and basic household needs.
Remington Youngblood
Age 15, Georgia
Remington started Change4Georgia to help service members and their families. Over a million dollars in donations have let him undertake a wide range of programs, including Operation Oatmeal and Yum Yum Drive, Suds for Soldiers and Dynamite Diaper Duty Donation Drive.

Nomination Guidelines

What qualities and accomplishments are you looking for in Caring Award candidates?

Successful candidates are role models with an extraordinary sense of public service. They can come from any walk of life but all share a deep and selfless concern for others. Like previous winners, they have a long-term commitment to social improvement, whether in the community, nation, or world. Ideally, they have founded an organization designed to serve others and also made an impact that will last their lifetime and beyond.

What are the guidelines to be eligible for a young adult Caring Award?

Young adults must be nominated before their graduation from high school or eighteenth birthday. They are not eligible for the award and the $2,000 scholarship that goes with it once they are enrolled at a junior college, college, or university.

How do I nominate someone for a Caring Award?

Simply complete a nomination form and submit it, along with a written summary explaining why you think your nominee should be recognized. Include the names and phone numbers of contacts who are familiar with your nominee’s endeavors. For young adults, state their birth date, school, and grade. We encourage you to support your nomination with two letters of recommendation, including one from an educator if the nominee is a young adult. If possible, also includenewspaper clips, magazine articles, and other information that shows why they might deserve this prestigious honor.

When can I nominate someone for a Caring Award?

Nominations for adults and young adults are accepted year round. But we will consider nominees for the following year if their nominations arrive after the deadline announced each year on the Caring Institute home page. Please note that we must receive nominations for high school seniors before their date of graduation.

What is the National Caring Awards nomination process?

We give careful consideration to every nomination we receive. After reviewing the nomination materials, our staff and volunteers conduct interviews and perform further research. The best candidates are evaluated by our directors, who consider both diversity and depth of service as they further narrow the pool. Based on their input, we prepare two ballots – one for adults, another for young adults – then distribute them for a vote to our trustees and former Caring Award winners. The finalists must confirm that they can be present to accept the award at our official ceremony and attend the celebration events. If not, they’ll be scheduled to receive their award at the next available opportunity, and another finalist may be chosen to fill their slot. The remaining finalists need not give up since they can be considered again on future ballots.

How do we honor Caring Award winners?

We fly winners to a special awards ceremony, where they attend a VIP reception and a gala celebration of their achievements. As a souvenir of this special day, they receive a certificate with a picture of Mother Teresa and the exquisite statue of a crystal angel who stands for the divine spirit of caring. Each winner also has this spirit within, as we show when we feature their profiles in our award-winning magazine CARING. And we continue to honor their contributions by inducting them into the Caring Hall of Fame, where visitors can see their photos and read their stories for many years to come