November 20th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Brittany Rogers News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Four Inspiring Women Pick Up Their Skidmore Prize Honors


Four women doing incredible work in local non-profits each got a $4,000 check today as part of this year's Skidmore Prize ceremony hosted by City Club of Portland at the Governor Hotel.

The prize winners (from left to right in the photo above) are Fowzia Abdulle, an advocate and case manager at Bradley Angle House's Healing Roots center; lawyer Jennifer Gilmore of Child Centered Solutions; Amy Sacks, executive director of the Pixie Project and Brandi Tuck, executive director of Goose Hollow Family Shelter.

Each works at a nonprofit featured in WW's annual Give!Guide, which is in its sixth year of raising money for local nonprofits through Dec. 31. (This year's effort has raised more than $70,000 so far for 79 nonprofits.)

The Skidmore Prize, funded by Momentum Marketing Intelligence, is open to people 35 and younger who work at a nonprofit. The hope is that the money helps the recipients to keep doing their work, and that the attention will inspire other young people to get involved in their communities.

“This is an amazing honor,” Gilmore said of receiving an award for what she calls the “best worst-paying job ever.”

The four award-winners were introduced by WW Publisher Richard Meeker and praised by City Commissioner Nick Fish.

The winners told the audience that the $4,000 will come in handy. Abdulle plans to use the money for her course work at Portland State University; Sacks will split the prize money with her four employees; Tuck intends to buy a car for the shelter's use; and Gilmore will put the money toward repaying law-school loans.

Asked during an audience question-and-answer period what people can do to help, Tuck's answer was simple: “Definitely think about volunteering ... Getting out there and giving your time.”

(Photos by Tom Martinez)
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