THE MARIGOLD IDEAS FOR GOOD CONTEST – THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD

In 2012, Encore.org joined forces with Participant Media and Road Scholar to bring you The Marigold Ideas for Good Contest.

It was based on the hit movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which follows a group of British retirees (played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkerson), who travel to India and find new life instead of old age.

From April to October, Participant Media – with help from the voting public and Encore.org – selected five winners monthly, 30 total. Each won a $5,000 grant; one won the money plus the trip of a lifetime from Road Scholar.

Check out the winners below. They all have long wanted to right a wrong, open up worlds for young people or make things better for those who need a break.

APRIL WINNERS

Kathleen Braico
Kathleen Braico

Developing a summer service program for teens too old for day camp and too young for work

Deborah Greymoon
Deborah Greymoon (Grand Prize Winner)

Working to save women's lives through safer childbirth in the developing world

Charlene Turner Johnson
Charlene Turner Johnson

Striving to turn abandoned houses into homes for homeless veterans and families

Gary Oppenheimer
Gary Oppenheimer

Using an online resource to help food banks get, store and distribute more fresh produce

Stan Weston
Stan Weston

Gearing up to build a “Tree House for Everyone” so those with disabilities can experience and play in nature

MAY WINNERS

Diane Claughton
Diane Claughton

Fighting obesity in the South by teaching kids how to grow and cook healthy food

Jean Cosby
Jean Cosby

Providing nourishment to hungry students

Jan Coulter
Jan Coulter

Striving to educate Burmese refugees for brighter futures

Kathleen Fletcher
Kathleen Fletcher

Building a medical clinic in rural Kenya to save lives

Ellen Kamp
Ellen Kamp (Grand Prize Winner)

Helping widowed women rebuild their lives

JUNE WINNERS

Karen Blessen
Karen Blessen (Grand Prize Winner)

Teaching children social values and life skills through art

John Fugazzie
John Fugazzie

Helping people find work through group support

Vicki Hill
Vicki Hill

Providing autistic adults with job training in the technology field

Brenda Moore
Brenda Moore

Empowering women to be entrepreneurs in the coffee business

Deepa Willingham
Deepa Willingham

Helping girls and women climb out of poverty, through education

JULY WINNERS

Susan Burgess-Lent
Susan Burgess-Lent

Helping women in Kenya find ways to support themselves

Susan Gadbois
Susan Gadbois

Turning a rundown home into a community center

Jacki Gethner
Jacki Gethner

Promoting safe sex practices among women over 50

Susan Hazard
Susan Hazard

Aiming to control the pet population through spaying and neutering

David Stillman
David Stillman (Grand Prize Winner)

Promoting clean, safe cooking methods in Haiti

AUGUST WINNERS

Bruce Pollock (Grand Prize Winner)

Helping Rochester, N.Y., students succeed by providing tutors

Wendy Swanson

Providing vocational training to exploited women in developing countries

Mira Talbott-Pope

Giving vulnerable Guatemalan children self-confidence through art

Sheila Warnock

Teaching caregivers how to build support systems and ease the pressure on themselves

Judith Warren

Teaching residents in isolated communities how to prepare for natural and manmade disasters

SEPTEMBER WINNERS

Sue Doyle

Enriching the lives of children with serious illnesses

Diana Flahive

Providing safety and support to homeless women

Margaret Gullette

Providing education to the rural poor in Nicaragua

Robert Martin

Providing free eye care and glasses to those in need

Lisa Szilagyi (Grand Prize Winner)

Providing meaningful opportunities for adults with disabilities