Los Angeles, CA, August 30, 2011 - StayClassy, a leader in social fundraising for nonprofits, has announced that public voting has determined School on Wheels as one of the 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards Top 10 Finalists for Charity of the year.
The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, recognizing the most outstanding philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses and individuals nationwide. From July 25 to August 26, voting was opened to the public to determine the Top 10 Finalists.
With more than 2,000 nominations submitted to StayClassy for consideration, School on Wheels has been through a long process to make it to the final round, including garnering at least 100 Facebook 'Likes' on their nomination story and being chosen as a Top 25 Finalist during an initial judging round.
Charity of the Year - Awarded to the charity whose submission truly epitomizes all things "classy." The Charity of the Year will be a standout amid an impressive field of truly praiseworthy nonprofit organizations; it's submission will captivate and impress as the perfect crystallization of the organization's efforts to effect powerful change in the world..
A combination of public votes and a decision by a panel of industry professionals will determine whether School on Wheels will be a CLASSY Award Winner for Charity of the Year. The winners will be recognized live on-stage at the CLASSY Awards ceremony in San Diego on September 17th, in which $150,000 in cash and prizes will be donated to support the causes of the 12 National CLASSY Awards Winners.
"We are thrilled and honored to be among this group of classy organizations who are making a difference in our world every day. When we are recognized for our efforts, it means that a homeless student is being recognized. They are the ones who deserve awards." - Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels
A Charitable Event to Remember
Tickets are now available for the 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards ceremony on Saturday, September 17 in San Diego, California. Those that want to support School on Wheels and attend the event can purchase tickets by visiting www.classyawards.org. General admission tickets start at $50 and gain you entry into the CLASSY Collaborative, Ceremony and After-Party.
The CLASSY Collaborative, a day-long networking event, will be held on Friday, September 16 at the W Hotel San Diego. Participants will have the opportunity to meet, mingle and share ideas with some of the foremost leaders in philanthropy, technology, innovation and entertainment.
Speakers at the ceremony will include, Adam Garone, CEO and Co-Founder of Movember, Tabreez Verjee, President and Director, Betawave, Premal Shah, President of Kiva.org, Jake Woods, Co-Founder of Team Rubicon, Ben Keesey, CEO of InvisibleChildren, Chris Carver, COO of Invisible Children, Yael Cohen, founder of F Cancer, William McNulty, founder of Team Rubicon, Alex Bard, founder of Assistly, Jeff Rosenthal, founder of Summit Series, Barrington Irving, founder of Experience Aviation, Natalie Spilger, founder of Green Laces, Josh Warren, Resource Development Director of The DREAM Program, Inc., Scott and Gina Keatley, co-founders of Nourishing NYC, and Dan Novak, VP Global Marketing, PR & Communications of Qualcomm.
CLASSY Awards partners include: Southwest Airlines, Qualcomm, Bridgepoint Education, NBC Local Media, PayPal, Huffington Post Impact, NexGen Charity, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Guidestar.org, Legalzoom, HandsOn Network, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
For additional information on the competition, event details, and to make your nominations, please visit www.classyawards.org or email.