Attention! The Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge is back for its sixth year, and we need to hear from you. The nomination form is now open, so go ahead — hustle! — over and tell us ALL about the wonderful people in the Philadelphia region who are helping to make your community healthier, from teachers to coaches to doctors to nonprofit founders. Really, anyone who is doing a great job of making the Philly area a healthier place to be.
It’s official, folks! You, dear readers, have chosen the 2016 Health Hero Challenge winner! Last night, we announced the winner at our annual end-of-contest party at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. There were lots of smiles, a few tears (happy tears, that is) and so, so much inspiration flowing through the room to celebrate all of our 2016 Health Hero Challengers, along with past semifinalists and winners, all of whom are behind wonderful programs that are helping to make Philadelphia a healthier, happier place to be.
Aaaand we’ve made it to the Final Four, folks! As of 10 a.m. today, the four finalists in the 2016 Health Hero Challenge are up for voting. You can cast a vote here.
If you’re new to the competition, here’s what’s been happening the past few months: Over the summer, we collected nominations from people all across the region, telling the stories of people working to make Philly a healthier, happier place to be. From those nominations, Philadelphia magazine editors narrowed the bunch down to our 16 semifinalists. During the months of September and October, we opened it up to reader voting; four semifinalists were up for voting each week and the winner of each week went on to the finals.
Since then, we’ve been busy at work creating videos of our four finalists so you can learn more about them, and we found out which charity each of our finalists is playing for in the final round. Whoever wins will get $10,000 for the charity of their choice, and the three runners up will each get $2,500 to the charity of their choice, so this round is all about giving back.
Now — drumroll, please — the folks who made it to the final round, along with their charity cause.
The time is a comin’, guys: On October 24th, voting for the Health Hero Challenge Finals kicks off. As you might remember, last year, along with our four fabulous Health Hero Finalists, we also had a VIP portion of the Health Hero Challenge. VIP stands for Very Influential Philadelphian, big names in Philly who are making big moves to positively impact the city’s health.
So, who’s up this year, you ask? Well, this year’s Health Hero Challenge VIPs are some awesome folks you probably already love: Marc Vetri, chef and cofounder of the Vetri Community Partnership; Malcolm Jenkins, safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and founder of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation; and Ali Gorman, the health reporter at 6abc Action News.
This year, like last year, when you vote for your favorite Health Hero Challenge Finalist, you’ll also be able to cast a vote for your favorite Health Hero VIP. Each of them is rallying for a charity of their choice (you can check out their chosen charities below) and along with being featured in an upcoming issue of Philadelphia magazine, the winning VIP’s charity of choice will become a beneficiary of a future Philadelphia magazine event. Last year, Rich Landau of Vedge took home the win and we are oh-so-excited to see who takes home the win this year.
You can find out more about our Health Hero VIPs below in their Q&As below. Then mark your calendars to start voting (you’ll vote here, by the way) on October 24th!
Aaaand it’s time for Round 2, guys!
This morning, at 10 a.m., we opened voting for the next batch of Health Hero Challenge semifinalists. You can cast your vote here! Just a reminder, you can vote for your Health Hero once every 24 hours.
This morning at 10, we opened Round 2 of the Health Hero Challenge semifinals. You can cast a vote right here.