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Meet Our 2015 Winners

With decades of experience and the vision to make a difference in their communities and the wider world, these six people over 60 have won The Purpose Prize in 2015.

This former journalist became an advocate for children with disabilities held in abusive institutions, fighting torture, training activists and changing lives in 36 countries.

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Laurie Ahern

2015 Winner

This former journalist became an advocate for children with disabilities held in abusive institutions, fighting torture, training activists and changing lives in 36 countries.

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This micro-lending champion capitalizes on equality and economic justice with bonds that fight the “feminization of poverty.”

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Patricia Foley Hinnen

The Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion
Sponsored by MetLife Foundation
2015 Winner

This micro-lending champion capitalizes on equality and economic justice with bonds that fight the “feminization of poverty.”

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Far beyond the pulpit, this teacher-turned-Episcopal-priest helps young and old fiddle in harmony, building connections in rural communities.

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Rev. Belle Mickelson

The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact
Sponsored by The Eisner Foundation
2015 Winner

Far beyond the pulpit, this teacher-turned-Episcopal-priest helps young and old fiddle in harmony, building connections in rural communities.

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This former Black Panther has created a refuge where young people can escape the violence in their lives, learn leadership skills and create art for social change.

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Jamal Joseph

2015 Winner

This former Black Panther has created a refuge where young people can escape the violence in their lives, learn leadership skills and create art for social change.

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This former New York State judge moved from the courtroom to Florida’s growing fields, bringing human rights and economic justice to over 30,000 farmworkers.

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Laura Safer Espinoza

2015 Winner

This former New York State judge moved from the courtroom to Florida’s growing fields, bringing human rights and economic justice to over 30,000 farmworkers.

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This doctor has modernized the tradition of house calls, with two generations’€™ support, bringing much-needed health care to 4,000 homebound elderly patients.

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Dr. Samuel Lupin

The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Collaboration
Sponsored by The Eisner Foundation
2015 Winner

This doctor has modernized the tradition of house calls, with two generations’€™ support, bringing much-needed health care to 4,000 homebound elderly patients.

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Featured Purpose Prize Fellows

41 Purpose Prize fellows have been selected in 2015 for their inspiring encore stories and the impact of their work in their local communities.

A retired judge creates a network of volunteer attorneys to represent hundreds of Family Court clients.

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Edward M. Ginsburg

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

A retired judge creates a network of volunteer attorneys to represent hundreds of Family Court clients.

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This suburban mother of three created an organization to end child slavery (restavek) in Haiti.

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Joan Conn

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

This suburban mother of three created an organization to end child slavery (restavek) in Haiti.

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Former National Association of Evangelicals spokesman spreads the word about environmental sustainability, equality and justice .

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Richard Cizik

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

Former National Association of Evangelicals spokesman spreads the word about environmental sustainability, equality and justice .

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This producer/writer creates opportunities for adults and teens to express and understand Harlem’s musical heritage and the African American experience.

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Vy Higginsen

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

This producer/writer creates opportunities for adults and teens to express and understand Harlem’s musical heritage and the African American experience.

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