Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award

The HUG Award was given to me by Autumn & Gabby.   Thank you so much to both of you!  Please click on this link to see the complete list of winners:  http://autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/hope-unites-globally-hug-award/

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this award, below is some information from the HUG Award web site:

The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at http://ahopefortoday.com, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness.

“People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.”

For more information on this award, please visit: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/<

I am speechless! It’s such an honor to know that my writing is making the world a better place. My family and friends know how passionate I am about educating children. I’ve been a volunteer at Park Lakes Elementary for the past four years, helping kids in Mrs. Zotti’s class; it truly is where my heart lies. Now, here are my nominees – two people who also share my passion for inspiring students and adults. Congratulations, Michael and Laura.

I give this award to a very special person – my brother Michael Luongo, who uses his talent to make the world (literally) a better place through laughter. Please click on the link for more information about Stand-Up For Kids, “a unique and hilarious interactive assembly show that teaches elementary school children about life skills, character, loving life, humor and being a “STAR” Student through the art of Stand-Up comedy.”

Stand-Up For Kids is coming to South Florida school districts for an April/May 2012 tour! If you work in a South Florida elementary school, then now is the time to schedule a date for your school.


I also give this award to Laura Duksta, Author of New York Times Bestseller, I Love You More and You Are a Gift to the World. Laura presents “inspirational talks designed to encourage, empower and inspire students and adults to SHINE! Laura’s positive message makes the world a brighter place. Find out more here:


You can also visit Laura’s blog to learn about her inspirational story:


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