Earlier this month, City Paper asked for the public’s help in nominating local residents for our inaugural Pittsburgher of the Year Award. As you know by now, we awarded this honor to local activist and entrepreneur Leon Ford. However, we wanted to share some other nominations from our readers.
Nominee: Kristee Cammack, founder and CEO of A Giving Heart, a community center built in a vacant building in Allentown.
Reason for Nomination: “The lesson is that anyone can do anything when hard work and dedication is applied to make a dream happen. Kristee Cammack’s idea began with [one] paper written as an undergraduate. She never backed down and made it all happen on her own. Thank you again to another community hero.”
Nominee: Jessica Strong, CEO and co-founder of Flexable, a company that provides drop-in child-care services at events.
Reason for Nomination: “Flexable is helping working parents by providing child care at events and in offices across Pittsburgh. She is trying to revolutionize the way businesses approach child care by adding the missing piece of family benefits offered by businesses.”
Nominee: Leah Lizarondo, CEO, 412 Food Rescue
Reason for Nomination: “412 Food Rescue recognized a need, and a way to fill that need, providing food that would otherwise be wasted to the people of Pittsburgh. This grassroots organization is innovative, smart and inspirational, due in large part to the drive of its [co-founder], Leah Lizarondo.”
Nominee: Bonnie Baxter, founder, Doors Open Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that organizes a two-day event to provide public tours of the city’s “iconic buildings.”
Reason for nomination: “Bonnie has created an amazing event that has proven extremely popular and successful in its first two years. We should honor people like Bonnie … [for launching] Doors Open Pittsburgh, an internationally renowned event, which highlights our city’s architectural gems.”