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SOURCE Heinz Family Foundation
Five Inspiring Americans to Share $1.25 Million in Awards
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Heinz Awards, established by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation to honor the memory of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz, today celebrated the enduring spirit of hope and the power of innovation by announcing the 19th winners of the nationally acclaimed accolades.
The Heinz Awards recognizes five remarkable recipients who have made significant contributions in five distinct categories: Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment.
This year's winners feature a doctor who has revolutionized community health care using video conferencing technology, a social entrepreneur who is empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty, a physician whose best-selling books and clinical writings reveal the concept of true healing, an environmental scientist who seeks sustainable solutions to the world's food supply and an innovative educator who is changing the way students of all ages learn using online technology.
"This year's Heinz Awards recipients show that the antidote for the uncertainties and fears of our times lies where it always has – in the imagination, determination, brilliance and creativity of the people among us who see possibility where others see only barriers. The recipients are an extraordinary group of individuals who are changing our world for the better, but that is not what makes them so inspiring for the rest of us. The secret to their special alchemy is available to any of us if we, too, are willing to challenge the status quo, to be passionate in the pursuit of bettering the world we live in and to apply whatever strengths we have to the hard work of transformation," said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. "I am proud to name these exceptional individuals as the recipients of the 19th annual Heinz Awards because of the hope that their work and their example bring."
This year's recipients by category are:
Recipients will officially receive their awards at a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Pa., on April 3, 2014. In addition to the monetary award of $250,000, each recipient will receive a medallion inscribed with the image of Senator Heinz on one side and a rendering of a globe passing between two hands on the other.
About the Heinz Awards
Established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, the Heinz Awards celebrates the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him. The awards, administered by the Heinz Family Foundation, recognize individuals for their contributions in the areas of Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment. Nominations are submitted by invited experts, who serve anonymously, and are reviewed by jurors appointed by the Heinz Family Foundation. The jurors make recommendations to the Board of Directors, which subsequently selects the Award recipients. For more information on the Heinz Awards, visit www.heinzawards.net.
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