Local Melbourne Florida organization To Write Love On Her Arms will be present at the first ever American Giving Awards (AGAs). Chase, dick clark productions and Intersport announced their joint effort to produce the first ever event. Hosted by Bob Costas, the AGAs will be broadcast on NBC Saturday, December 10 at 8PM EST, from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.
Thanks to the support of Sophia Bush, Miley Cyrus, Christina Perri, Amy Lee, Switchfoot, Anberlin, Brandi Cyrus, along with their many followers, TWLOHA is honored to have won the first round. The final round of voting for the American Giving Awards is open December 1 through December 8. During the voting period, participants can vote once daily for charities on Facebook. For more information on the program and how to vote, please visit here: http://on.fb.me/pSzRw3
The organization with the most votes will receive a $1 million grant, the runner-up will be granted $500,000, a third organization will receive a $250,000 grant and two will be given $125,000 grants.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, they have donated over $900,000 directly into treatment and recovery and have answered over 160,000 emails from over 100 countries.
At TWLOHA they often talk about being a bridge to help. Taking the first step to talk to a friend about something painful can be scary and so can packing a suitcase to go to a treatment center for the first or fifth time. The organization exists as a safe passage offering hope and encouragement along the way. Winning the American Giving Award will allow TWLOHA to strengthen that bridge, to take their message of hope and help on the road to more places and in more creative ways than they’ve ever been able to do before, such as:
— Investing in building an interactive platform that will allow people to contribute directly to treatment and recovery in their local community.
— Providing more widespread counseling scholarships for people with little or no insurance, alleviating the stress of a financial burden that often accompanies treatment and recovery options.
— Expanding the vision by taking HEAVY AND LIGHT – an evening of songs, conversation, and hope – on the road. There is a unique kind of community that happens when people gather in a room with songs and honest stories that resonate. Nights like this can change a perspective for people, and that shift could be the beginning of change or even a life saved. The next event is scheduled for Jan 7, 2012 at House of Blues Orlando.
— Strengthening the launch of the brand new high school campaign The Storytellers, a way for high school students to bring the story of TWLOHA and message of hope to their own campus through organizing and engineering community events.
For more on To Write Love on Her Arms, please visit: www.TWLOHA.com.