2015 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala

On May 14, 2015, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids celebrated the accomplishments of outstanding young people and U.S. and international leaders in the fight against tobacco use, the world's number one cause of preventable death.

We thank our sponsors and guests for helping make this year's gala a tremendous success.

We presented the Champion Award, our highest honor, to former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg in recognition of his unparalleled leadership in the fight against tobacco in New York City, the United States and around the world.

We recognized the remarkable accomplishments of youth advocates from throughout the United States, honoring a national winner, four regional winners and one group winner. Our honorees received scholarships to continue their work and serve as youth ambassadors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

We also presented the Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellent to Andriy Skipalskyi, Ukraine’s preeminent tobacco control advocate. Honoring the memory of the founding leader of our international program, this award is given annually to an international tobacco control advocate who has worked to significantly reduce tobacco use through policy advocacy and exemplifies Judy’s ability to bring people together.

We were thrilled to be joined this year by over 500 public health, business, philanthropic and government leaders who are committed to winning the fight against tobacco use and making the next generation tobacco-free.

Check out the sights and sounds from this year's gala below.

 

2015 Champion Awardee

The Champion Award, our highest honor, recognizes exceptional leaders in the fight against tobacco use in the United States and around the world.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder, Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies,
three-term Mayor of New York City

 

Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City from 2002 through 2013. In 1981, he started a small technology company to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry. Bloomberg L.P. has since grown into a global company that has offices in 73 countries, employing 16,000 people and serving 320,000 subscribers.

As mayor and philanthropist, Mr. Bloomberg has been unwavering in his commitment to the fight against tobacco in New York City, the United States and around the world. He has fundamentally transformed tobacco control across the globe and his efforts have helped save the lives of millions of people.

 

2015 Youth Advocates of the Year

National Youth Advocate of the Year

Spencer Flanders,16
Carson City, Nevada

 

Group Winner

Evolvement Denver
Ana Karen Cendejas Esperano, 18; Ellen Kaufman, 16; Ezinna Ohaya, 17; Nestor Montejo, 18
Denver, Colorado

 

East Region Youth Advocate of the Year

Joshua Pritchett, 17
Chesapeake, Virginia

 

South Region Youth Advocate of the Year

E. Tyler Boyle, 18
Paris, Kentucky

 

West Region Youth Advocate of the Year

Lily Kraft
Bridger, Montana

 

Central Region Youth Advocate of the Year

Madison Larimore, 17
Bellevue, Nebraska

 

 

2015 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence

This award recognizes international tobacco control advocates who both contribute significantly to reducing tobacco use and inspire others to do the same, in the spirit exemplified by Judy Wilkenfeld, the late leader of our international program.

Andriy Skipalskyi, Ukraine

Chairman of the Board, Life Regional Advocacy Center

Progress on tobacco control is often sparked by the leadership of visionary, dedicated individuals like Andriy Skipalskyi. His commitment and creativity have made his country, Ukraine, a global leader in the fight against tobacco even through war and political upheaval.

Andriy is Chairman of the Board of the Life Regional Advocacy Center, a Ukrainian non-governmental organization devoted to reducing tobacco use. He has headed Life since 2011 and built it into one of the strongest, most-respected NGOs in Ukraine.

 

Gala Host Committee

Stanley and Fiona
Druckenmiller

Barrie Fiske and
Russell Planitzer

Martin Geller

Jeff Hoffman

Bill Knapp

Ken and Elaine
Langone

Catie and Donald
Marron

David McCabe

Jessica Nagle

Todd Sisitsky