Three non-profits recognized at 2018 Innovation and Excellence Awards

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Three area non-profit were recognized for their hard work in the community at the 2018 Innovation and Excellence Awards Tuesday morning.

The awards are presented by The Blade and The Toledo Community Foundation.

Center of Hope Family Services was given the "Innovation Award" for their work to improve the life outcomes of adults, children, and families in urban settings.

"This validates all the work that we have been doing," said Tracee Perryman, CEO of Center of Hope Family Services. "Hopefully this award will be the catalyst for us to take our message forward, and for other agencies to adopt the methods that we use."

Leadership Toledo received the "Small Agency Excellence Award" for presenting community service opportunities for adults and high school students.

"The most humbling part is when we hear our students talk about the path Leadership Toledo has had on them," said Anna Toney, the Executive Director of Leadership Toledo.

The "Large Organization Excellence Award" went to the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo for their dedication in providing after school programs to make sure children have a safe place to learn and grow.

"We are not in it for the recognition," Dave Wehrmeister, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo said. "It certainly is nice pat on the back to be recognized."

Each of the winners received a $5,000 grant from Toledo Community Foundation, a $500 grant from the Anderson, and free full page ad in The Blade.