United Way’s ELEVATE Awards recognize the next generation of philanthropists, volunteers and activists in the Central Indiana community. After receiving nearly 100(!) nominations, we are excited to share the 2020 finalists. In keeping with our “vintage circus” theme this year, we hope you’ll be AMAZED to see the magic up close under the Big Top when we announce the winners at ELEVATE – an evening of philanthropy and fun on February 29, 2020.

This year, all ELEVATE finalists will have the opportunity to be named the “People’s Choice”. Thanks to the generosity of event sponsor, OneAmerica, the “People’s Choice” winner will also receive $250 to donate to a Central Indiana 501c3 of their choosing.  VOTE NOW for the finalist who inspires you! And purchase your tickets to cheer on your favorite.

“The ELEVATE Awards offer our community a glimpse into the capabilities of the next generation of community leaders to transform our city into a more compassionate and inclusive place, bettering the lives of everyone around us.”

-Tiffany Hanson, ELEVATE 2020 Judge

The 2020 ELEVATE finalists are:

Board Member of the Year presented by Eli Lilly & Company

  • Jasmin French of Cummins, Inc. on behalf of Agave at the Eiteljorg Museum Place
  • Emily Shrock of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on behalf of Coburn
  • Marla Taylor of Taylor Advising on behalf of Brooke’s Place for Grieving Children

Community Ambassador of the Year presented by Delta Faucet

  • Tanorria Askew Owner of Tanorria’s Table
  • Sarah Myer, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications at Indiana Sports Corp
  • Luke Zhang, Data Scientist and Techpoint Fellow at DemandJump

Employee Resource Group of the Year presented by BMO Harris Bank 

  • JPMorgan Chase BOLD on behalf of JPMorgan Chase
  • Lilly PRIDE on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company 
  • Roche Young Professionals on behalf of Roche Diagnostics

Nonprofit Professional of the Year presented by Katz Sapper and Miller

  • Kelsey Burton, Executive Director of Paws & Think, Inc.
  • Cheria Caldwell, Director of Community Engagement at CAFÉ
  • Melissa Hill, Chief Human Relations and Administrative Officer at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Volunteer of the Year presented by Roche Diagnostics

  • Mady Lacefield of LTC Language solutions on behalf of Families First
  • Delano Robinson of Eli Lilly & Co. on behalf of Black Data Processing Associates of Indiana
  • Ashley Youmell of Key Bank on behalf of Little Red Door Cancer Agency

We also want to congratulate our full slate of nominees – an outstanding group. Our judges had a tough challenge to select finalists. Keep your eyes on this list of show stoppers!

Stay tuned! Beginning January 27 each finalist’s story of impact and service will be profiled on United Way’s ELEVATE blog.

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