April 8, 2005
The Progeria Research Foundation Presents
The Amy Award
9/12/69 – 12/19/85
The Progeria Research Foundation announces the creation of The Amy Award. Dedicated to Amy Foose, whose sunny personality and love of life continue to inspire all those that knew her, this award is for the PRF supporter who meets the following criteria, of which Amy is most remembered for:
- A role model for how to live a life of joy and optimism;
- A good friend, sibling, and daughter/son;
- A person with a sense of humor and positive attitude;
- Someone who strives to make the most out of every situation and takes on challenges with grace, hope and determination; and
- an individual who has applied the above qualities by tirelessly devoting time, talent and energy to advancing PRF's mission.
Nominees will be chosen by a subcommittee that creates a selection process, with the winner selected by the Board of Directors.
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PRF and The Night of Wonder 2005 Committee presented the first Amy Award to our honored guest, Chip Foose, Amy’s brother. Chip is fast becoming not only internationally recognized in the auto world, but also a spokesman for PRF, engaging the producer of his show “Overhaulin’” and many others to support PRF.
Chip says, “People constantly ask me how I keep going with so little rest and stay so positive. I answer them by saying, ‘I watched my sister Amy go and go and go without ever hearing a single complaint. She is my constant inspiration and strength.’”
Also given the Amy Award at the 2005 Night of Wonder was Kim Paratore, now a member of PRF’s Board of Directors. Kim has been involved as a PRF volunteer since its inception, having chaired the first three Night of Wonder galas, and numerous other PRF fundraising events.
Congratulations to Julie Pritchard, the 2007 Amy Award winner!
Julie is a graphic designer who has been volunteering tirelessly for PRF since its inception in 1998. She created PRF’s brochures, posters, t-shirts and many other pieces that allow us to reach out and deliver our message.
“The thing I find most fascinating about Julie”, says Leslie Gordon, who presented the award at Night of Wonder 2007, “is that, from the first 1000 times that she said ‘Oh, can I do that for you?’, her philanthropy has truly been a labor of love. She feels as honored to be able to help as we feel to have her on our team. Julie, you are what Amy exemplified – love, courage, and the kind of tireless dedication that will surely drive the cure for Progeria.”
Julie (top row, 2nd from left) and five of her sisters are all smiles at the Night of Wonder 2007.
Announcing Debbie Ponn as our 2009 Amy Award Winner!
Debbie first became involved with PRF when she came to Night of Wonder (NOW) 2003 as the guest of long-time supporters Robyn and Tom Milbury. At the end of the night, she approached PRF’s director Audrey Gordon and said, “If you ever need help with anything, please call me”. Little did either of them know how much that offer would affect the lives of children with Progeria. Since that time Debbie has co-chaired NOWs 2005 and 2007, co-organized the Chicago event in June 2009, and continues to help PRF in many other ways. She is ALWAYS there to help, as Amy was for her friends and family. Congratulations, Debbie!
Maura Smith as the 2011 Amy Award Winner
Maura Smith, with daughter Amanda and Holly, and