Physician, Scientist and Medical Researcher Dr. Randhawa is Today’s Honoree

As many as ten million children in the United States suffer from food anaphylaxis (food allergy) and more than 200 children die each year as a result of this condition. Approximately one out of every 13 children are allergic to at least one food and about 40 percent of those children have experienced severe, life-threatening reactions. Believing that these numbers are unacceptable and dedicated to making a difference is Inderpal Randhawa, M.D ., Today’s Honoree.

One of the nation’s leading medical researchers, scientists and physicians in the field of food allergies and anaphylaxis is Dr. Randhawa, founder, CEO and chief medical officer of Southern California Food Allergy Institute (SCFAI). This one-of-a-kind center in Long Beach, California has treated more patients than any center in the world for food anaphylaxis. It is operated in conjunction with the Translational Pulmonary & Immunology Research Center (TPIRC), a nonprofit biotechnology and clinical research center founded by Dr. Randhawa in 2015 to focus on developing cutting-edge, individualized treatment protocols for rare and orphan diseases. The result is the first truly significant advancement in the field of food anaphylaxis in more than half a century.

At TPIRC, Dr. Randhawa and his colleagues are leveraging trillions of diagnostic and therapeutic data points gathered from more than 10,000 food-anaphylactic patients to understand how food allergies affect a child’s immune system. This intelligence has allowed them to design a safe and effective strategy that “retrains” each child’s immune system so as to achieve tolerance for foods that previously caused severe or life-threatening reactions.

By marrying science, data and artificial intelligence, Dr. Randhawa and his colleagues have successfully treated nearly 11,000 food anaphylactic children and, over a decade of time, the program maintains a 99% success rate. These children are now able to eat whatever they want (hopefully well-balanced, healthy eating habits), whenever they want, and without concern of a reaction to the foods they once feared. It is what Dr. Randhawa calls “food freedom” and it is truly an unprecedented, life-altering achievement for the child and their parents.

In addition to his breakthrough work at Southern California Food Allergy Institute, Dr. Randhawa currently serves as medical director of the Children’s Pulmonary Institute at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Hospital; program director at Miller Children’s & Women’s cystic fibrosis center; program director of the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at UCI School of Medicine; and associate professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine. The lead researcher on a number of initiatives that have resulted in national recognition and acclaim, most recently Dr. Randhawa was selected by the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital as the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Munzer Family Lifetime Achievement Award in Teaching & Research.​

For more information, visit the Southern California Food Allergy Institute at socalfoodallergy.org or the Translational Pulmonary & Immunology Research Center at tpirc.org.

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Home of Champions Founder Judith Halbreich is Today’s Honoree

Home of Champions (HOC) Founder, Judith Halbreich, LCSW is a youth activist and social worker who has had a successful executive career in social services, mental health, and clinical research, serving on many Boards of Directors. Ms. Halbreich created one of the first NYC foster care programs for infants suffering from AIDS, in addition to creating an award-winning independent living program for youth aging-out of the foster care system. Her passion is to bring to fruition the HOC leadership program, which will inspire youth to become champions of their best selves.  

Home of Champions (HOC)  is a newly recognized 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide a “home base” for youth ages 16-24 who are emerging from the foster care system. It is a challenging and supportive program where youth will have access to opportunities, resources, and mentoring; gain the knowledge to live an active, consistent and sustained lifestyle; and develop the attitude necessary to become the responsible leaders, change makers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.   With a legacy of champions built into the organization, HOC is located in New Paltz, NY at the former home of *boxing legend Floyd Patterson* and still holds the original boxing ring where he and fellow world heavyweight champions *Muhammad Ali *and* Ingemar Johansson* trained. HOC will continue the legacy of this historical symbolic entity by working to emphasize the positive attributes of disconnected youth, challenging them to match Patterson, Ali, and Johansson’s tenacious spirit and willpower, and empowering them to become the best versions of themselves.

Visit https://homeofchampionsny.org/support  for more information. 

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Author Jeffrey S. Stephens is Today’s Honoree

Whether or not this adventure leads to riches or turns out to be a wild goose chase is not his main concern. The enigmatic letter from his gangster father describes a cache of stolen money — decades old — but his father has been dead for six years. Who else might know about the money and where else might this trail lead?

John “Blackie” Rinaldi lived on the edges of organized crime, a charming rogue who endlessly pursued “The Big Deal” but always fell short. His son did all he could to avoid the pitfalls of his father’s chosen path, pursuing a respectable career and leading a careful life until six years after Blackie’s death, when the discovery of his father’s puzzling letter turns his life upside-down.

Fool’s Errand from Jeffrey S. Stephens is a fast-paced, mob-inspired mystery that follows Blackie’s son as he embarks on his quest, reluctantly at first, and then with more conviction as he finds there are other secrets that his father has buried. The evidence leads from the mean streets of New York, to the Las Vegas Strip, and ultimately to the South of France. Along the way, Blackie’s son is confronted by dangerous mobsters, dishonest relatives, suspicious friends, a mysterious woman and the perils of a journey his father may or may not have planned for him.

Fool’s Errand is poignant and entertaining, humorous and exciting, romantic and mysterious — an adventure that explores the relationship between a father and son, and the events that will ultimately lead that young man to discover both the treasure and himself.

Author Jeffrey S. Stephens lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is also the author of the Jordan Sandor espionage thrillers, beginning with Targets of Deception and, most recently, Rogue Mission. He is also the author of the recent thriller, Crimes and Passion, the first in a planned series featuring Lieutenant Robbie Whyte.

For more information, please visit www.jeffreystephens.com 

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Get Your Shine Awards Founder AJ Sarcione is Today’s Honoree

AJ Sarcione, an international motivational speaker and communication leader, has launched the Get Your Shine Awards, a campaign to inspire peer-to-peer recognition. Focused on positivity, the awards are a free tool that allow everyone to “shine” when someone digitally sends one of six different awards to a person they wish to recognize.

Created by AJ in 2020, Get Your Shine is a motivational movement, meant to make people smile, companies shine, and help people realize it ‘takes simply one spark to ignite your path to success.’  The award categories include parents working from home, frontline and essential workers, virtual teachers, and even “anti-Karens” all dedicated to those who rise above difficult situations. There are also categories that allow you to be creative and recognize someone in a unique way. The awards launched November 30th and will continue through the end of February.

A virtual ceremony will be hosted in March 2021, celebrating all those who were recognized. Throughout the coming months, the campaign will introduce more details that offer the opportunity to win prizes as detailed on the awards website.

Visit https://getyourshine.com/ for more information.

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Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island Program Manager Kelsie Chapman is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Kelsie Chapman – Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island program manager – was recently highlighted.

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

I oversee our center’s “West Meadow 2” program, which serves male youth with autism, as well as those who are transgender and gender-expansive. The two most significant parts of my job are: 1) creating and ensuring access to a safe and therapeutic environment for all of my students, and 2) taking an active role in ensuring my staff are well-trained, cared for, safe and happy in their roles.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

There are two really rewarding parts of my job. One is when my team members meet their professional development goals or achieve something they have been working on, such as running a new therapy group with our students or earning a promotion. The other rewarding part of my job is, of course, our students. Anytime they learn something new, achieve a goal or reach a milestone, it is so rewarding. Moments like these make this challenging work worth it – every day.

How has COVID-19 impacted your role? How have you risen to this challenge?

COVID-19 has presented a unique set of challenges for me both personally and professionally. Working through a pandemic, with two young children of my own at home, has taught me a lot about parental perspective. This is an unsettling time for everyone, but especially for parents. As we worked to keep the youth in our care safe and healthy, we recognized and understood the importance of familial contact. As a result, we’ve made sure our individuals stay in touch with their families through frequent Zoom calls.
The pandemic also allowed me to the opportunity to work more autonomously than I might have in the past. Having my direct supervisor, as well as other members of our leadership team, working remotely has posed a unique opportunity for me to be more decisive and confident in my decision-making. Although my colleagues are incredibly responsive while working remotely, there is something about not having a physical presence that forces you to become more independent and, for me, I think it helped me grow and develop as a leader. I have been so impressed with the dedication of our staff, as well as the resiliency of our students.
How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?

I demonstrate Servant Leadership by being present on the residential unit as much as possible; and showing my team that I am willing to do the same work I ask them to do on a daily basis. I am supportive, but I also set high expectations and hold my staff accountable to meet those expectations which they do! We support our students in the same way, and tell them we believe they deserve to be held to a high standard of accountability, and we consistently follow through on those expectations.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

My dream vacation would be to visit Dubai.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I was surprised and flattered to be nominated as a Devereux Healthcare Hero. I like to think I make a difference by helping the individuals we serve learn new skills and achieve their goals. And I make a difference with our staff by always having their professional development goals in mind and helping them meet those goals.

Visit www.Devereux.org for more information. 

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Hoop Nation CEO and WNBA Atlanta Dream Shooting Guard Tiffany Hayes is Today’s Honoree

WNBA Atlanta Dream shooting guard, Tiffany Hayes, played college basketball for the renowned Connecticut Huskies squad. She was a leader of the 2009 and 2010 national championship-winning teams, as well as an all-star in 2017. Tiffany’s love of basketball comes easy, but she has never been afraid of the hard work associated with her success.

Now the CEO of Hoop Nation ATL, her passion and love for the youth is what drives her determination to give back to the community, sharing her gifts and tools of success, in basketball and in life. 

Visit  https://www.hoopnationatl.com/copy-of-our-founders for more information. 

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The Ambassador Of Joy Barry Shore is Today’s Honoree

Barry Shore (known in the media as the “Ambassador of JOY”) is a Philanthropist, Serial Entrepreneur (with 2 multi-million dollar exits and 3 issued patents), Former Quadriplegic, Swimmer, Speaker, Author, and Podcaster.   

In 2004 Barry became a quadriplegic overnight from a rare disease but his journey to regain mobility pushed him to go “M.A.D” (aka to Make A Difference). To that end, he created the JOY of LIVING Institute™ (a platform that teaches people to live in joy, no matter the situation); and Keep Smiling a movement that has reached multiple celebrities and distributed millions of “Keep Smiling” cards worldwide. In addition, Shore has built several philanthropic foundations including Changebowl (which was written about in Oprah Magazine.)  

Shore’s nationally syndicated radio show and his podcast, The JOY of LIVING, is heard globally by hundreds of thousands and has had over TWO MILLION downloads in just 19 months. His forthcoming book “The JOY of LIVING: How to Slay Stress and Be Happy” will be released in 2021 and it reveals 11 strategies for living in joy, daily.  

Visit www.BarryShore.com for more information. 

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Saxophone Sensation Adrian Crutchfield is Today’s Honoree

Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound – creating music in a variety of genres such as jazz, R&B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop, and fusion.

His high energy show brings a diversity to jazz never seen before with music for every generation! Adrian takes pride in bringing a new and powerful sound, merging jazz with today’s pop and hip hop.

Adrian Crutchfield has taken the world by storm in recent years, not only as the last sax player to perform and record with Prince, touring the world and being featured on Prince’s last three albums, but also touring domestically and internationally with acts such as Lionel Ritchie, Bette Midler, and Cee Lo Green — all the while writing and building his 2017 release titled ‘Leap’.

Adrian’s star began shining at the age of four when he received his first saxophone during a concert in Roanoke, Virginia, from acclaimed jazz artist Kenny G; who noticed Adrian’s interest
from the audience, stopped the show, and invited him to the stage, playing a childish melody, and finally bestowing the sax to young Adrian.

Known as the last horn-man to perform and record with Prince (2012-2016); Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2, and the unreleased but highly anticipated “Black Is The New Black” Album.

Adrian has also had the privilege of performing with many of today’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, Ceelo Green, R&B icon Anthony Hamllton, Fantasia Barrlno, KC and JoJo, and hip hop superstar Young Jeezy.

In jazz, Mr. Crutchfield has been featured by names such as Kim Waters, Mike Phillps, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, and Branford Marsalis; and with legendary groups such as Fourplay and The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson.

Adrian is a 2008 graduate of Florida State University (B.A. in Music with a concentration in jazz, contemporary media, and commercial music).

Although young, this saxophone aficionado is one of his generation’s most prolific and successful professional musicians.

Visit http://adriancrutchfield.com/ for more information. 

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Luxury Strike Bowling CEO Terrance Jackson, Jr. is Today’s Honoree

Terence Jackson Jr., an African American entrepreneur from Southfield, Detroit, has converted a 53-foot semi-trailer truck into a bowling alley-on-wheels. It’s called Luxury Strike Bowling and it’s the world’s first ever mobile bowling alley.

Jackson, who is 34-years old, has reinvented the idea of physical entertainment after realizing how companies such as Amazon, Grub Hub, and Uber provide convenience and ease in the shopping, eating, and traveling industry. He thought of making a bowling alley accessible by making it mobile and that’s when Luxury Strike Bowling was born.

“These companies made life easier for people and created economic growth worldwide, and I wanted in,” Jackson told The Detroit News.

Luxury Strike Bowling’s design, which has been years in the making, has a few differences from the traditional bowling alley. Its two automatic bowling lanes are shorter and the bowling balls are smaller, weighing only 3 pounds. The bowling alley also features a scoring system, temperature control, neon lighting, an 80-inch theater screen, a sky lounge, and a state-of-the-art sound system that guests can connect to through Bluetooth.

Building the bowling alley was not without obstacles as it was often slowed by the unavailability of materials due to the pandemic. But Jackson was finally able to launch it last Juneteenth. The alley, which includes a loft that can accommodate 10 to 15 people, is now available for parties, corporate gatherings, church gatherings, and other events in Southfield and other nearby areas.

Learn more at LuxuryStrikeBowling.com or follow the brand on Instagram @LuxuryStrikeBowling

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Philanthropists Jrue Holiday and Lauren Holiday are Today’s Honorees

The year 2020 has affected thousands of lives and local businesses across the nation in unfathomable ways, due to the uprisings of the global pandemic and the epidemic of racial and social injustices.

In July, New Orleans Pelicans player, Jrue Holiday, and his wife Lauren boldly pledged the remainder of Jrue’s 2020 NBA salary as a progressive step toward combating systemic racism as well as social and economic inequality that continues to prevent Black communities from upward mobility.

Jrue and Lauren Holiday will support local Black-led non-profit organizations, city-wide initiatives that seek to bring about equitable outcomes for Black and Brown communities, and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) of higher education in New Orleans, the Los Angeles area, and Indianapolis.

Additionally, across over 10 U.S. cities, a portion of the funds will go to local Black-owned small businesses that have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19 but are now known to have received less than 2% of the Paycheck Protection Program loans provided.

The total commitment of the fund amounts up to $5M over a 3-year commitment and will be dedicated to non-profit organizations in New Orleans, Indianapolis, L.A. and Compton, among other cities. Additionally, grants will be awarded to Black-owned small business owners and Historically Black Institutions of Education.

Visit https://www.jlhfund.org/ for more information.

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