Awards season is in full swing, culminating this weekend with that little golden statue that’s going to be placed in the privileged hands of famous, sparkly zillionaires. An awards ceremony in Philly this week, however, is going to recognize some down-to-earth, hard-working local folks — real-life do-gooders, if you will.
The first-ever Philly DoGooder Awards (aka Non-Profit Video Awards) is pearheaded by Here’s My Chance and a legion of other community-innovation-pushing local businesses, like Philly in Focus and the gay-owned ChatterBlast media company. The idea was inspired by a national contest sponsored by YouTube, but this one gets hyper-local, drawing attention to local non-profits who have effectively used video to spread their messages to the public.
Several local orgs submitted 2- to 5-minute videos, which have been displayed online for people to watch, vote for and comment on. And tomorrow night, at the Philly DoGooders Awards Ceremony and Gala, a winner will be announced in the Overall Best category along with three Viewers’ Choice recipients. Those selected will be given $250,000 worth of “skilled resources” — contracts that will provide things like legal services, accounting or fundraising opportunities.
Among the list of potential winners is LGBTQ-centric non-profits the Mazzoni Center, Hollaback Philly, I’m From Driftwood, the Attic Youth Center and the William Way LGBT Community Center. All will be represented at tomorrow night’s party, which is something like an awards ceremony, dance party, and a meet-and-greet with local celebs (like Mayor Nutter) all in one. See details about the event and watch the vids submitted by each the LGBTQ non-profits after the jump.
Thu., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., $25, Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., ticketleap.com.
I’m From Driftwood
The Attic Youth Center
William Way Community Center