In Harmony with Hope Awards Feature Social Entrepreneurs Who Change Young Lives

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Elfenworks presents $25,000 each to founders of innovative programs in the areas of education, violence prevention, and entrepreneurship programs

In Harmony with Hope Honorees

Although the entrepreneurs approach the future very differently, this year’s winners share something wonderful in common: they are providing new hope to today’s teens,” said Dr. Lauren Speeth, Elfenworks founder and CEO.

The Elfenworks Foundation, an organization that works for hope in America by fostering creative and technology solutions that advance change, will honor three entrepreneurs who are reshaping communities at the 7th Annual In Harmony with Hope Awards on September 26 at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA at 6:30 p.m. The Elfenworks Foundation will present $25,000 to social entrepreneurs who are providing inspiration, hope, and solutions for our country’s youth in the areas of education, violence prevention, and entrepreneurship programs. The 2013 In Harmony with Hope honorees are Christa Gannon, JD, Fresh Lifelines for Youth; Gary Slutkin, MD, Cure Violence (formerly CeaseFire Chicago); and Andrew Yang, Venture for America. For the third year, Wells Fargo has contributed $10,000 in support of the program.

“Although the entrepreneurs approach the future very differently, this year’s winners share something wonderful in common: they are providing new hope to today’s teens,” said Dr. Lauren Speeth, Elfenworks founder and CEO. “Their work is especially important in today’s challenging economic environment. These programs are designed to support and empower youth, bringing the sort of transformation that strengthens our country as a whole.”

Each entrepreneur expressed his/her gratitude for the In Harmony with Hope Award:

“At FLY we help our kids discover their strengths, potential, and dreams. With FLY, our youth find and embrace hope for their future,” said FLY’s founder, Christa Gannon, JD. “We are honored and humbled to receive the In Harmony with Hope Award. We appreciate that Elfenworks is embracing us, our clients, our work, and our passion that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes.”

Gary Slutkin, MD, Founder & Executive Director, Cure Violence, stated, “I am thrilled to be honored by Elfenworks and the In Harmony with Hope Award. Even more than the personal esteem of being recognized among some of the remarkably accomplished past recipients, the award is playing a vital role in helping to disseminate the essential ideas of the Cure Violence model. Namely, Elfenworks is leveraging their network to accelerate recognition that if we treat violence as an epidemic disease we can prevent it. We can make violence a thing of the past."

Andrew Yang, Founder & CEO of Venture for America, added: “By honoring Venture for America, the In Harmony with Hope Award recognizes that there is a need for an alternate path for recent grads that allows them to get the experience they need to one day become entrepreneurs and build businesses in cities that need them,” said Yang. “By providing these grads with a network, mentorship, and ongoing support, Venture for America addresses many risks of becoming an entrepreneur right out of college, allowing these brilliant young people to immediately add value, and ultimately, create opportunities for others.”

For more information on the 2013 In Harmony with Hope Award winners, visit Elfenworks,
or call 650-347-9700 for ticket information.

About Elfenworks: The Elfenworks Foundation works for hope in America by fostering creative and technology solutions that advance change. Elfenworks identifies chasms, creates change, and amplifies success through projects and partnerships that share one common goal: helping hope grow. Elfenworks fosters thousands of student social justice filmmakers and musicians in partnership with Campus MovieFest. The Breathing Butterfly program helps kids cope with toxic stress. Elfenworks is located in Burlingame, CA.

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