The Viacommunity Award honors two employees who’ve made an outstanding impact in their communities with a $10,000 donation to the organization of their choice. At our Town Hall yesterday, CEO Philippe Dauman presented the first award to Malika Quemerais, Manager of Music & Celebrity Talent at MTV, in honor of her inspiring work with M-LISADA and the children of the M-LISADA orphanage in Uganda — where she spent eight weeks this past summer volunteering on the ground. COO Tom Dooley presented the second award to Malik Simmonds, Director of Human Resources at Nickelodeon, for his incredible efforts on behalf of the Wall Street Alphas Charitable Foundation, a mentoring program that he started 10 years ago to guide African-American and Latino high school boys in their personal and professional development. He’s helped send over 50 young men to college through his mentorship – planning college tours and basketball tournaments, prepping for the SATs and picking out tuxes for the prom.
But it was truly tough to narrow down the more than 100 extraordinary submissions we received. We wanted to take a moment to recognize our finalists for the award, below, in no particular order – from Jeff King who takes his lunch break on Fridays to deliver food to the less fortunate to Sarah Ray who rallied people to raise nearly $200,000 in 10 weeks as part of a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In reading about their great work, we hope you’re as inspired as we were. Read More