Every year, we recognize the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and our public service campaigns at our Annual Public Service Award Dinner, but this year we wanted to do more than that.
We wanted to make sure we recognized the everyday individuals who have been personally impacted by the work that we do – putting a human face to the large-scale issues we deal with and providing inspiration to change-makers everywhere.
Through the power of cinematography and detailed storytelling, Adobe created four videos pro bono highlighting inspiring women from our campaigns – Ashley Garcia (Adoption from Foster Care), Samantha Jacobs (Hunger Prevention), Jeannette McCoy (Love Has No Labels) and Ella Griffith-Tager (Learning & Attention Issues) – who have made a difference not only in their own lives, but are also creating a brighter future for others.
“If you think your single voice doesn’t count, remember these remarkable stories,” Lisa Sherman, President and CEO, The Ad Council, said. “Each of these remarkable women have transformed adversity into strength, they remind us why we act and of the world’s incredible capacity for good.”
To see their uplifting stories, check out the videos below, and have some tissues ready!
Ashley Garcia Rivera
Ashley was adopted from foster care at the age of 16 – a time when she assumed she was too old to be adopted. With the help of her mom, Ashley then started Suitcases of Hope, a charity dedicated to providing necessities and encouragement to foster children and teens.
Samantha is a mother of three who depends on a local food pantry to help feed her family. She’s on a mission to show the human side of the hunger epidemic in the United States and assist those who are going through the same situation as her family.
Jeannette recently starred in the Ad Council’s Emmy-nominated “Fans of Love” PSA for Love Has No Labels. As a Puerto Rican lesbian woman and a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, she champions diversity and inclusion.
Twelve-year-old Ella dreams of being a rocket scientist one day, and she’s not letting her dyslexia hold her back. In fact, she has become an advocate for others with learning and attention issues and has taught college students about what it’s like to have dyslexia.