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CHRISTOPHERS ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF TWENTY-SECOND
ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

 Watch the top three winning videos here!

NEW YORK, September 7, 2009 – “Hope for Eugene’s Homeless,” a film by Rebecca L. Purice of Portland, OR, took the top prize of $3,000 in The Christophers’ Twenty-Second Annual Video Contest for College Students.  Purice, a journalism major at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR, uses her film to spotlight William and Diana Wise of the First Place Family Center and their efforts on behalf of homeless families in general – and single dad Nathan and his children in particular.

“This film drives home the devastating effects homelessness can have on families and children and highlights a voice you don’t often hear about – the unique situation of a homeless single father,” said Mary Ellen Robinson, vice-president of The Christophers. “Most importantly, it shows the immense impact we can have just by caring for our fellow human beings.” 

The $2000 second prize was awarded to Sharron Blackman of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, for “From Iraq to Breckenridge: Learning to Ski Again,” about a Vietnam vet who develops a program for injured veterans returning from Iraq. 

In a first for the annual contest, two films from the same student filmmaker, Lorie Anne Acio, also of the University of Oregon, were awarded prizes. “Making a Difference: Paul Harvey and the Gummi Bears,” was awarded the $1000 third prize, and “Mike Langley – Hosea Youth Service: A Refuge of Faith, Hope and Love,” was named for an honorable mention.  

Teams of student filmmakers from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, also took home two other $100 honorable mentions.

Each year, entrants are asked to create short films of five minutes or less to convey The Christophers’ message that one person can make a difference. This year’s winning films can be viewed on the web at http://www.christophers.org/videocontest or http://www.youtube.com/thechristophers.

The Christophers, a non-profit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, uses the mass media to encourage individuals to use their God-given abilities to change the world for the better. The Christopher motto, adopted from the ancient Chinese proverb, is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

 [Editors: A list of winners follows.]

 

Winners of The Christophers’ Twenty-Second Annual
Video Contest for College Students

 

FIRST PRIZE:

Hope for Eugene’s Homeless, by Rebecca L. Purice
Journalism major at the
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

 

SECOND PRIZE:

From Iraq to Breckenridge: Learning to Ski Again,
by Sharron Blackman
Journalism and Technical Communication major at
Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

 

THIRD PRIZE:

Making a Difference: Paul Harvey and the Gummi Bears,
by Lorie Anne Acio
Journalism major at the
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

Mike Langley – Hosea Youth Services: A Refuge of Faith, Hope and Love,
 by Lorie Anne Acio
Journalism major at the
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

 

Finding a Fur-Ever Family, by Nora Poremski, Michelle Bistrica,
Dana Kerkentzes, Erin Wall & Mandie Zoller
Broadcast/Mass Communications majors at
Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)

 

From His Table to Yours, by Michael Gess, Christina Hamill,
Christina Roseto, Lori Wise & Ashley Zemba
Broadcast/Mass Communications majors at
Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)

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