The White House today honored Marcie Allen Van Mol as one of seventeen people who are Hurricane Sandy "Champions of Change." This Champions event highlighted people and organizations directly involved in response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy. These hidden heroes implemented innovative, collaborative solutions to meet the unique needs of communities and neighborhoods as they worked to rebuild after the devastating effects of this disaster.
Marcie Allen Van Mol is the president of MAC Presents, a New York City-based sponsorship and fulfillment agency. After Hurricane Sandy, Marcie rallied a group of "Beach 119th Street Angels" to raise over $100,000 in gift cards and supplies for families on Beach 119th Street in Rockaway Beach, New York. Van Mol directed the short documentary film Beach 119 about the families of one block in Rockaway and their recovery. To watch the official Beach 119 trailer, click HERE. The documentary will be available to view in its entirety later this week at www.beach119.com.
"I was so inspired to hear stories from other individuals who helped their communities after Superstorm Sandy," said Van Mol. "I am honored to be included as a Champion of Change for the work the Angels did on Beach 119th Street in the Rockaways."
"As soon as a disaster hits, we see citizens come together to help those in need. Time and again, we have seen the courage and heroism of first responders, organizations, and ordinary people in providing relief, recovery, and care, and these Hurricane Sandy champions of change are no exception. From providing up-to-the-minute news, to assisting with long-term recovery to showing compassion to neighbors to donating vital supplies, these ordinary heroes are an inspiration to us all," said Paulette Aniskoff, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White house to feature groups of Americans - individuals, businesses and organizations - who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.