Be The Change Awards

Thank you  Anagram Balloons  for providing some beautiful balloons for the event! Guests grabbed pictures under the "Be The Change" arch upon arrival!  #BeTheChange   #HOTCMN

Thank you Anagram Balloons for providing some beautiful balloons for the event! Guests grabbed pictures under the "Be The Change" arch upon arrival! #BeTheChange #HOTCMN

The Be the Change Awards Breakfast was an opportunity to spend time feeling the inspiration of those who do exceptional acts as volunteers in our community every day.

This was an event for our nonprofit affiliates, corporate partners, individual volunteers, and anyone who needs a warm, happy feeling and the reassurance that together we are accomplishing significant things!



Thank you

to our event partner

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The Be the Change Awards Breakfast was hosted at Machine Shop — an inspiring space for an inspiring day filled with inspiring people!

Special thanks to CRAVE Catering for providing an amazing breakfast for us that morning!


Katie Steller, owner of Steller Hair Company, served as our keynote presenter and master-motivator.


Katie was driven to share stories of positivity in our community and so she created the Steller Kindness Project — a platform to share stories of quite acts of kindness. The goal of her project is to change the world on a micro level that starts with showing up and being kind to the person right in front of you. 

We recognized several awards winners and shared their stories of service. 

Thank you Chris McDuffie Photography for creating these wonderful videos about our Be The Change reward recipients.

Shawntan Howell, M.A.
2018 Be The Change Award Recipient

Her commitment to the development of people is what led to the creation of Girls Are Powerful Organization. She wants to inspire and encourage the next generation of girls and young women to embrace their individuality, hone their POWER and confidently walk in the direction of their dreams and goals. #BeTheChange #HOTCMN 

Sanya Pirani
2018 Be The Change Award Recipient

Working with Sanya on this piece was truly inspirational. Her poise, kind heart, and soft spoken demeanor is only matched by her nonprofit work. 

Sanya is 11 years old and has already accomplished more than most adults. She founded Sanya's Hope For Children at the age of 7 to help children all over the world. Her countless hours of volunteering, and hard work in the community is why she has been given this award.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help celebrate these people doing amazing things!