Jim Hebets

Protecting Kids in Crisis
Jim uses his head and heart as Executive Vice President of the National Board of Directors of Childhelp, the nation’s oldest largest not-for-profit serving abused and neglected kids. His long years in estate planning make him an expert on charting a course to protect kids in crisis and help them to prosper.

Sherry and Bob Jason

Reaching Inner-City Youth through the Arts
Sherry and Bob help kids say yes to the arts at their organization, City Hearts. The two former public defenders provide the highest-quality arts education and experiences to thousands at-risk students in Southern California and give them the discipline to say no to drugs and gangs.

Dale Brown

Adult Caring Award Winner

Coaching Servant Leaders

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Year: 2016

The best leaders are servant leaders, it is always about others.

Dale Brown

Dale Brown Foundation

Dale Brown tells parents “sports should not define your child.” And his career in sports doesn’t define him through he was one of the most successful basketball coaches in U.S. history. He’s also a philanthropist who has helped thousands. Brown has volunteered for Mother Teresa in Calcutta and aided hurricane victims. He has held basketball camps for Native Americans and fought for them to get promised educational funding. He has helped needy college athletes get their degrees and taken his teams to Carville Leper Colony and Angola State Penitentiary, where he campaigned for a prisoner’s pardon. And he has served up many inspiring programs that motivate both individuals and teams since retiring from Louisiana State University in 1997. His grand slam speeches on winning in life include one called “We Are All In This Together.” And he has shown what this means by looking beyond himself. All the good deeds he’s racked up define him as much as the 15 consecutive wins he led his men to at LSU. “The best leaders are servant leaders,” he knows. “It is always about others.”

Annette March-Grier

Adult Caring Award Winner

Healing the Wounds of Urban Warfare

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Year: 2016

Unresolved grief can cause people to go through life severely wounded, our goal is to help people understand that grief does not have to destroy them.

Annette March-Grier

Founder, Roberta’s House

Annette March-Grier helps Baltimore’s grieving children heal after a relative’s death. Many kids face this trauma since Baltimore is a violent place. Yet the city has few resources to help them cope. “It is no secret that grief has become a public health problem,” March-Grier says. That’s where she steps in as a bereavement counselor and registered nurse. Since 2008, her organization, Roberta’s House, has provided grief support to more than 2,300 children and families who have lost a loved one. They’re much like the grieving people she watched while growing up in her parents’ funeral home, where she often heard her mother comfort grieving families. “She was the epitome of compassion, and she taught me that,” March-Grier recalls. Now she passes on these lessons in kindness through seven different programs, including educational workshops and volunteer training, internships for mental health professionals, and peer support groups for high-risk teens who have suffered multiple losses. “Unresolved grief can cause people to go through life severely wounded,” she says. “Our goal is to help people understand that grief does not have to destroy them.”