Celebrate the 2017 Caring Awards Honorees with the Caring Institute

Tickets and sponsorships packages are available to attend the 2017 Caring Award ceremony by using the link at right.

This year’s ceremony and dinner will take place October 14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA from 6 – 9 p.m. You can also help us commemorate the spirit of caring at a VIP reception starting at 5: p.m. Join Caring Award winners present and past, along with Caring Institute sponsors, at this exclusive event.

You may also want to be there on October 15 at 1:00 when the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) pays tribute to Val J. Halamandaris. The former executive director of the Caring Institute also devoted himself to serving the aged, disabled, and ill as longtime president of NAHC. Val’s lifetime concern was to ensure that society’s weakest members received the compassionate care they deserved.

And our concern is to ensure your comfort during your stay in Long Beach, so we have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton, Westin, and Renaissance hotels. If you prefer to stay elsewhere, please contact scott@nahc.org, who will arrange a call from the housing bureau service about accommodations.

The 2017 Caring Awards Honorees — An Undying Spirit

A meeting between Mother Teresa and Val J. Halamandaris inspired the founding of the Caring Institute in 1985. Since then both Teresa and Val have passed through the door to the next dimension, but their legacy lives on in the winners of this year’s Caring Awards. They have fed the poor, helped the disabled, brought the arts to underprivileged kids, and more. They’ve all mastered the art of caring, whatever their age, profession, or path in life. So long as we have people like these, the spirit of caring that sprang into life in 1985 will never die.

Adult Honorees

Val J. Halamandaris
Crusading for a Kinder World
Val led with love as President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and executive director of the Caring Institute, which holds up role models for the young. He also set an example of selfless service by waging the last great civil rights battle on behalf of the aged, disabled, and ill.

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.

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.

Dave Alexander
Spreading the Magic of Giving
Dave once did tricks as a professional magician. Now he owns a large fuel storage and distribution center. The growth of his business has allowed him to support a wide range of causes, especially those for kids, and establish a matching program so his employees can also practice the magic of giving.

Ken and Marjorie Blanchard
Leading at a Higher Level
The Blanchards bring spiritual values to their leadership training firm. Their employees receive paid time off to do community service and receive a share of profits to donate to the charity of their choice. Giving back, the Blanchards believe, energizes their staff to perform at the highest level they can.

Young Adults

Katie Prior
Age 17, Oklahoma
Katie founded Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps after learning that many veterans are laid to rest to a recording of Taps, instead of a live tribute. Her organization has trained high school trumpeters in 30 states to give vets the final salute they deserve.

N’Jhari Jackson
Age 14, Florida
N’Jhari is an entrepreneur of caring who has raised $50,000 for those in need. His many projects include providing thousands of hospitalized children with stuffed animal friends, donating medical equipment to schools, and giving 1,200 pairs of “kool sox” to underprivileged kids.

Paloma Rambana
Age 11, Florida
Paloma is legally blind, but she has a keen sense of vision. Her lobbying efforts made Florida lawmakers see that the state underfunded special services to kids like her from age six to 13 and convinced them to allocate $1,250,000 to fill the gap.

Maria Keller
Age 17, Minnesota
Maria’s favorite book is The Book Thief, and it has inspired her to give two million books away. But she doesn’t steal them. Instead, she collects them through her organization Read Indeed and distributes them throughout the U.S. and the world.

Cory Nichols
Age 16, New York
Cory wants people to see the difference that caring makes for hungry people in Long Island. So he founded C the Difference: Cory Cares, a group that has raised $60,000, fed thousands of families, and delivered tens of thousands of pounds of food.

In Memory of Caring Institute Founder, Val J. Halamandaris

Inspired by an encounter with Mother Theresa, Val founded the Caring Institute in 1985 to promote the values of caring and public service and grant scholarship money to young persons. President Bill Clinton called Val “a remarkable human being and one of the most exceptional people that I have ever known.” To the end of his days, Val was guided by these words from President Kennedy:

“What we need to do is take care of people till the end of their days, we have the resources, and we have the money. What is at stake is the very future of American democracy and how we are going to be viewed through the prism of history because all great civilizations can be measured by a common yard stick- how did they take care of our vulnerable populations.”

For his lifetime of dedication to the public good, Val will be posthumously honored with the Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership in October. Read more about Val here.

On Behalf of the Caring Institute, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Presents “Governor’s Resolution to End Child Abuse in America” to Caring Award Winners Yvonne Fedderson & Sara O’Meara

Though Caring Institute founder, Val J. Halamandaris, could not be in attendance he expressed his gratitude to Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara, to the Childhelp Board of Directors and also to those dedicated to the mission of ending the cycle of child abuse in this country. Yvonne and Sara hold a dear place in his heart.Val speaks often of the people that influenced his life. One of is role models, Hubert H. Humphrey, once said, “that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Therefore, it is fitting that we celebrate when our nation’s leaders unite and firmly resolve “that children in America are our most precious asset and deserve our most committed support and protection.”Senators John Kyl, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Flake, Joe Manchin and Representative Trent Franks spoke along with Governor McAuliffe at the event.


Presenting the International Caring Award to Pope Francis

“This is a great and historic day honoring Saint Teresa, all women, nurses and caregivers all the world over who devote their lives to caring for aged, infirm, disabled and dying persons” said Halamandaris.

Our Mission

The Caring Institute supports those citizens who embody selflessness, giving,
and service to the common human good.

We reward the nation’s remarkable altruists making the world a better place
by caring for others.