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It boosted my confidence to have that kind of rapid-fire practice opportunity with such kind, engaged people. Winning a prize was icing on the cake."

Leah Okimoto, Founder
Aaron’s Presents


MEET THE 2018 WARRIORS


The 2018 Charity Warriors are women leaders of compelling nonprofits. From a competitive pool of candidates, exceptional organizations were carefully selected the 2018 accelerator. The warriors tackled weekly competitive challenges in a fundraising accelerator. Five nonprofits were then chosen to raise funds in a final challenge event on April 11, 2018. 

 

AARON'S PRESENTS 

Inspiring kids to give of themselves for the good of the world.

Leah Okimoto  I  Founder  I  aaronspresents.org

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APPRENTICE LEARNING

Helping to educate Boston's future workforce.

Helen Russell  I  Founder  I   apprenticelearning.org

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COASTAL FOODSHED

Creating sustainable and reliable local food access points in New Bedford and surrounding areas.

Kimberly Ferreira    I   Co-Founder  I   coastalfoodshed.org

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CURES WITHIN REACH FOR CANCER

Getting new and affordable cancer treatments to patients as quickly as possible.

Laura Kleiman   I   Founder  I   cureswithinreach.org/cancer

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DOC WAYNE YOUTH SERVICES

Fusing sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth.

Katrina Weiss   I   Board of Directors   I   docwayne.org

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GIRLS ROCK CAMPAIGN BOSTON

Empowering girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence and collaboration.

Nora Allen-Wiles   I   Founder   I   girlsrockboston.org

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GIVING THE GLAM

Helping financially disadvantaged teens enjoy a high-school prom experience.

Maristela Rapo  I  Founder  I   givingtheglam.org

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES

Pairing highly trained service dogs with people living with disabilities as a means to facilitate confident and independent lifestyles.

Pauline Hoegler   I   Founder   I  gofidog.org

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JEREMIAH PROGRAM

Breaking the cycle of poverty, two generations at a time.

Emilia Diamant  I  Executive Director  I  jeremiahprogram.org/boston

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KGSA FOUNDATION

Supporting Kibera Girls' Soccer Academy (KGSA), a community center in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Shannon Murphy  I  Executive Director  I  kgsafoundation.org

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LOVIN' SPOONFULS

Facilitating the recovery and distribution of perishable and unserved foods that would otherwise be thrown away and wasted.

Lauren Palumbo   I  Chief Operating Officer  I   lovinspoonfulsinc.org

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NEXT STEP

Shattering limitations and elevating aspirations of teens and young adults living with life-threatening diseases during their transition to adulthood and into an adult healthcare system.

Sarah Garrity  I   Chair, Board of Directors   I   nextstepnet.org

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THE WILY NETWORK

Supporting college students who have persevered through such life challenges as aging out of foster care, homelessness, or lack of family support.

Judi Alperin King   I   Founder   I   thewilynetwork.org

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