The Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity
Aspiring Legends Awards
Encouraging young people to become humanitarians
Do you know a young person who desires to dedicate their life to serving others? Nominate them for our Aspiring Legends Award and encourage them on their path of service.
Annual Gala & Awards
Each year during our Annual Benefit Gala we present the Aspiring Legends Award to deserving nominees. This Black-tie fundraiser supports the work of the foundation including the Brinklow Humanitarian Micro-grant, The Aspiring Legends Awards, and the Living Legends Honorees Program. The event features powerful keynote speakers, spectacular guest performers and presents awards to our phenomenal young Aspiring Humanitarians.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
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Aspiring Legends Gallery 2018
Executive Director Doreen Hines with our Aspiring Legends
Enjoying the company of our donors!
Aspiring Legends Grace Paras and Geden Franck
Glendon L. Hines
B.S. Film Production
Annual Gala & Awards 2019 Recipients
Nursing Student, Washington Adventist University
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Marie Claire remembers always being on the run due to the civil war. She recounts the story of her family going into hiding just a few hours after her birth. Some years later, the family of eight, moved to Zambia and went from a refugee camp to a one-room house.
She witnessed her mother killed before her and her siblings. She heard her mom plead with the attackers to take her life and spare her children. They did, and beat her father so severely they thought he was dead. Miraculously he survived the attack.
Before the atrocities of that ended her life, Marie Claire’s mother had applied to resettle in the US as refugees, and although the family thought all hope was lost on her death, they were granted asylum in 2017. Her family resettled in Pennsylvania, where Marie Claire attend and graduated from high School.
She was invited by Malala, Nobel Laureate , to tell her story as part of her book, We Are Displaced, which was released last March. Marie Claire was invited to speak to the United Nations regarding the Education of Girls around the world.
Marie Claire’s is currently studying nursing at Washington Adventist University and continues to lend her voice to causes that empower young women to not just survive but to change the world!
Advocate for Foster Children
Victor Sims’ story is one of beating incredible odds to achieve success, then using that success to give back as an advocate for some of our most vulnerable children. He currently serves as a Dependency Case Manager Supervisor for One Hope United, a role to which he brings personal experience and deep understanding. Victor was born in Polk County, Florida in 1995 and entered foster care when he was just a few months old. After eleven years in the foster care system, Victor and his sister Victoria were adopted by Ronald and Violet Sims, who have provided a forever home to seven foster children and who continue their support for foster children.
In 2016, he graduated from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida.
Victor is a passionate advocate for children who have been removed from their parents and need protective supervision services. He has been a Champion of Child Welfare, serves on the National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council, and was named as a Child Defender Fellow by the Children’s Defense Fund. He has helped to provide to the Obama and Trump administrations on the importance of social capital for children in foster care.
Victor Sims has decades of experience in the child welfare system, working and with lived experience. Victor Sims has been nominated as a reunification hero. He takes time to “look at the barriers in their life and turn them into stepping stones.” He focuses on building on families’ strengths to allow children to return home safely as soon as possible, often using innovative methods to forge relationships with parents and ensure that the family will continue to succeed long after their case has ended.