Illuminator Award

Voting is now open for the Illuminator Award!

The Illuminator Award shines a light on people doing good things in their community. From the many nominations we received, we selected 10 finalists. Each one is a beacon of light, a person who has helped others either within the context of their chosen profession or as a passion they have chosen to pursue.

Over a series of 4 weeks, we will be highlighting the nominees and the light they are sharing with the world. The winner will be announced on April 28th. Feel free to invite your friends to kari the light by voting too!

The winner will be featured on our podcast, and will receive a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice, as well as a beautifully engraved award.

Read the News Release Announcing the Illuminator Award.

December 2020: Illuminator Award announced – nominations accepted
January 31: Nominations closed
February 2021: Finalists selected
March 2021: Finalists announced
March 24: Voting begins
April 21: Voting ends
April 28: Winner announced!


Meet our 10 finalists and vote for the person that illuminates you!

(please vote below)

Pamela McMenamy Stamy

Pam started a ministry called “Homemakers of Hope.” The organization has helped more than 3,000 families since its inception by providing various household furnishings such as kitchen supplies and beds to those in need.

Natalie Kate Reneau

Natalie started to make an impact in her community with the simple wish of kindness for Christmas.  Her wish triggered her friends and families to go out and make a difference in their community. Over the past 5 years that influence has encouraged people in 25 US states, 5 countries and 3 continents to do better and be better. See more on Instagram.

Joe Thompson

Joe is the owner of Crisp Catering and Gold Rush Grille in Sacramento, CA.  Despite nearly having to close his doors due to the pandemic, Joe and his team still found a way to feed health care workers and first responders.  His positive attitude and continued support of others is an inspiration in his community.

Shira Lane

Shira is the CEO and founder of Atrium916 Creative Cooperative.  Atrium916 paves the way for local artists to start their own businesses.  Plus, it offers internships for college students in an effort to help jumpstart a creative career and give back to the community.

Nikki Wardlaw

Nikki is a dedicated employee of College Track.  The program is committed to ensure that all participating students graduate college with a four year degree.  Nikki goes above and beyond as a mentor to those she works with leaving an impression that lasts a lifetime.

Sharon Rohwer

Sharon is a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association.  This is a personal passion for her.  Her mother lived for several years with the disease before passing away recently.  Sharon chairs several committees, hosts events, and helps to educate her community about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Marie McCormack

Just as Covid-19 froze the world, Marie made a vow to her community to bring lunch once a week to recognize our local heroes. From March to December Marie delivered meals to nurses, doctors, firemen, police officers and EMTs.  Every week she posted photos of her heroes of the week. Those smiling faces lifted up so many in her community showing the power of an act of kindness.

Kelly Richardson

Kelly is a licensed therapist who has used her professional skills to create a blog called to help parents raising teenagers as well as a YouTube channel called Tuesday Truths to give counsel and advice to teens in their most desperate time. Her impact has helped parents and their kids navigate the stresses of the pandemic a little easier and given insight into what’s going on in each other’s minds.

Kristin Taylor

Kristin and her team of volunteers with THORN ministry serve hundreds of homeless people every Sunday in Tampa, FL.  Kristin has been feeding the area for more than 20 years even packing to-go bags that those in need can take with them.

Henry Darby

Henry is a principal at North Charleston High School in Charleston, SC. Ninety percent of his students are under the poverty line. So to help, as soon as he finishes work at school he heads to the local Walmart where he stocks shelves from 10PM to 7AM. His Walmart salary goes to help his students and families in need. His only request in return is that they pay it forward.

Please be fair.  Voting more than once a day is not allowed.

Results will be shared soon.  Please check back.

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