Awards and Scholarships

Meet Our 2014 Unsung Hero

Rich Canci embraces the spirit of life in so many ways. Sign on to his Facebook page and at first glance you see a 23-year-old Nursing student, bartender, and lead singer for the band When All Else Fails. Dig a little deeper and you find a young man who is motivational, spirited, passionate, and making his mark on the world. Rich is also a 5-time cancer survivor.

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Meet Our 2014 Unsung Hero Rich Canci

The Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award was founded in memory of an incredible woman who never received nor wanted any credit for her countless hours of community service, charity contributions and volunteerism. She made a difference in the lives that crossed her own, from working with babies addicted to crack to being at the World Trade Center and assisting however she could for 6 months straight after the tragedy of 9/11. Sadly, due to an illness brought on directly [...]

Twilight Actor To Receive Honor at Youth Charity Event

NYC – Chaske Spencer, who plays the role of Sam Uley in the “Twilight Saga” Films is to be honored for supporting his work creating a positive shift in the lives of many. Chaske Spencer, star of The Twilight Saga film series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn pt. 1 & 2 is to be honored on June 22nd, 2012 at the 6th Annual Shortstack™ Charity Fashion Show. He is receiving the Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award, presented annually to [...]


Queens Village, New York, April 30, 2011 – The anticipation was in the air, families gathered around the many tables enjoying an array of pasta and salads, and a projector along with a large screen awaited to tell the stories of impassioned youth. It is the first annual WOO Film Awards, the culmination of an annual innovative program created by nonprofit Windows of Opportunity. One would never know they were walking into the church basement at Hollis Woods Community [...]

WOO Announces 2011 Petaloudes Scholarship Recipient

NEW YORK, NY – Windows of Opportunity has announced Lydia Mangan, a 14 year old freshman at Foss High School in Tacoma, Washington as the recipient of the 2011 Petaloudes ~ The Olympia Manolis Feldman Scholarship. This award is given annually to a high school student who has lost one or both of their parents or guardians or are burdened with the prospect of such a loss. Please read her heart-warming submission below: I began dancing at [...]