Newman’s Own® Awards Announce 2020 Grant Winners – including the Invictus Games Foundation
Funds have been awarded to support military non-profits offering quality veteran care, including the Invictus Games Foundation’s We Are Invictus Moderator program.
London (Nov. 11, 2020) – The Invictus Games Foundation has been awarded a grant by the Fisher House Foundation, Military Times, and Newman’s Own. These organisations have gifted a total of six grants to non-profit organisations supporting military service members and their families.
Newman’s Own Awards provide funding toward innovative programs created to improve the quality of life for veterans. Newman’s Own Awards began in 1999 and have now awarded more than $2.1 million across 185 nonprofit programs. The grant’s name honors the legacy of Paul Newman, founder of Newman’s Own, who sought to help make a difference in the lives of others. Paul, a Navy veteran, served in the Pacific during World War II. Later in life, he came up with his own line of salad dressings, pasta sauces, pizzas, salsas and much more and decided that all the profits from Newman’s Own products would go to charities.
“Fisher House Foundation congratulates the 2020 Newman’s Own Awards grant recipients, all of which offer important programs to support our military and veteran communities,” said Chairman and CEO of long term Invictus Games Foundation supporter, Fisher House Foundation’s Ken Fisher. “Thank you to our partners at Newman’s Own and Military Times, along with our distinguished judges, for their dedication to helping non-profits succeed, especially in such trying times.”
“Military Times is honoured to provide our platform to find and recognise organisations whose mission is to help improve the lives of veterans and their families,” said Andrew Tilghman, Military Times executive editor. “As is the case every year, our honourees remind us of the power of community, cooperation, and innovation in addressing the most important issues in the lives of our nation’s heroes.”
“It is our pleasure to partner with Fisher House Foundation and Military Times for the 21st year of recognising innovative organisations that serve our country’s heroes and their families,” said Miriam Nelson, Acting President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “As a World War II veteran, we know Paul Newman would join us in bestowing a hearty congratulations to each of the Newman’s Own Award winners.”
After receiving more than 330 entries for the 2020 program, six judges evaluated each entry based on the organisation’s creativity, innovation and impact to the respective communities. Newman’s Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times are proud to announce that the six winning organisations are: Veterans Center for Job Training and Entrepreneurship, GI Go Fund; Warrior Wellness Solutions Program, Warrior Wellness Solutions; VCP National Expansion, Veterans Community Project; Second Chance Cars, Inc. Program, Second Chance Cars, Inc.; New Military Spouse Support Program, Military Spouse Advocacy Network; and the ‘We Are Invictus’ Ambassador Programme, Invictus Games Foundation.
Dominic Reid, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, said “We are delighted to be the recipient of a Newman’s Own Award, and would like to thank Military Times, and the Fisher House Foundation for their support. This award will go towards We Are Invictus, a platform that we built to extend our work Beyond The Games. It provides peer support along with other opportunities for recovery, and open to all international wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans. To increase the impact and the effectiveness of We Are Invictus, we are recruiting people internationally as moderators in their own country to build that community. This Newman’s Own Award will help us build this Ambassador Program and extend the Invictus family around the world.”
The leading 2020 Newman’s Own Award-winning organisation received a $50,000 grant, with the remaining top organisations receiving $30,000. All 2019 and 2020 winners were honoured in a live, virtual ceremony, hosted by Military Times, on November 9, 2020. The ceremony link (https://events.militarytimes.com/noa2020/) is now live for public viewing from Veterans Day.
GI Go Fund received the highest honor and a $50,000 award. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, the Veterans Center for Job Training and Entrepreneurship offers a job training center and incubator space to hundreds of veterans in the New York and New Jersey region. The center’s training is available both in person and online in several major business skills ranging from business writing to cloud computing. The center also offers a veteran incubator where veterans can run
their businesses and receive services such as legal aid, website development, marketing materials, conference room space, and business cards.
“Being recognized by Newman’s Own Awards along with Fisher House and Military Times is a huge honour for any veterans’ organization in this country,” said GI Go Fund CEO Jack Fanous. “But for myself and my co-founders Alex Manis and James Fanous, this moment has special meaning, as we were inspired by Fisher House to create GI Go Fund after we lost our childhood friend Lt. Seth Dvorin to an IED blast in Iraq. We continue to be motivated by the work of Newman’s Own, Fisher House, and
Military Times every day for all the great work they do in military community as we begin our 15th year providing innovative services to veterans and military spouses. Our Veterans Center for Job Training and Entrepreneurship has been a powerful resource for veterans during COVID-19, providing veteran small business owners an advanced incubator space to help their companies thrive and job training in hundreds of modern skills to help unemployed veterans find work in this new post-pandemic world. We are grateful to Newman’s Own, Fisher House and Military Times for recognising our efforts, and look forward to achieving great things moving forward into 2021.”