Staff Report

For the tenth consecutive year, WEDU, West Central Florida’s primary PBS station, is accepting applications and nominations that highlight the best work from area 501(c)(3) organizations, which will be celebrated at the February 12, 2015 WEDU Be More Awards ceremony and luncheon.

Now through Thursday, October 30, WEDU will accept applications for non-profit organizations, both large and small. Online nominations in a variety of categories are also being accepted to recognize acts of generosity and kindness by volunteers and individuals throughout the Tampa Bay region.

“For us, it’s been an immediate impact. When you have something like the Be More Awards, where you put it all out in front of the community and say ‘are you aware?’ For us, it’s an invaluable asset to use because the broader public sees that and it’s a terrific amount of awareness,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director of Feeding America Tampa Bay.

Feeding America Tampa Bay was chosen as 2014 Be More Unstoppable Non-Profit of the Year award winner and recipient of a $1,000 WEDU Community Investment Grant.

“It’s meant a great deal. It’s rare that this kind of work is really acknowledged in the public so first of all, it’s such an amazing honor,” said Jesse Miller, director of The Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay and the 2013 WEDU Be More Unstoppable Non-Profit of the Year. “Just to be acknowledged was so incredibly special.”

There is no charge to apply. The WEDU Be More Awards application and complete details can be found at or by calling 800-354-9338 ext. 2241.

Awards will be given in a variety of categories recognizing everything from Marketing Campaigns, Special Events, Educational Outreach, Arts and Culture, to Philanthropists and Volunteers.

Some of the nomination categories include: Be More Informed…Nielsen Marketing, Be More Entertaining…Special Events Award, Be More Brilliant… Innovation Award, Be More Enriched…Greenberg Traurig Arts & Culture Award, Be More Knowledgeable…Bank of Tampa Educational Outreach Award and more.

For complete details on the categories, including information on the application, visit

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