HOTWINC Humanitarian Medals
The Humanitarians of The World Inc, Humanitarian Medals committee is chaired by the full executive board advisory and selection committees in cooperation with the full executive board, advisory and selection committees.
Beginning in 2016 and every year thereafter, humanitarian medals will be presented to these individuals at the HOTWINC annual gala. It will begin with 15-20 honorees the first year and gradually increase annually in subsequent years.
HOTWINC, Humanitarian Medals are unique in that they honor the average person for his/her humanitarian contributions to society as well as children (age 9 – age 17) and pets, providing them the exposure they deserved for so long but lacked the name and clout to be publicly recognized. This will motivate them to continue performing humanitarian deeds for society for many years to come.
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The HOTWINC Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Medal
The HOTWINC Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Medal - Named for one of the greatest Humanitarians of our Era, Mahatma Gandhi, This medal is the highest medal for HOTWINC, presented annually to some who has contributed his or her time and/or monies to humanity on a continuous basis.
A Little about Mahatma Gandhi - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. He became one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 1900's. GandhiJI helped free the Indian people from British rule through nonviolent resistance, and is honored by Indians as the father of the Indian Nation.
The Indian people called Gandhiji 'Mahatma', meaning Great Soul. At the age of 13 Gandhi married Kasturba, a girl the same age. Their parents arranged the marriage. The Gandhis had four children. Gandhi studied law in London and returned to India in 1891 to practice. In 1893 he took on a one-year contract to do legal work in South Africa.
At the time the British controlled South Africa. When he attempted to claim his rights as a British subject he was abused, and soon saw that all Indians suffered similar treatment. Gandhi stayed in South Africa for 21 years working to secure rights for Indian people.
He developed a method of action based upon the principles of courage, nonviolence and truth called Satyagraha. He believed that the way people behave is more important than what they achieve. Satyagraha promoted nonviolence and civil disobedience as the most appropriate methods for obtaining political and social goals. In 1915 Gandhi returned to India. Within 15 years he became the leader of the Indian nationalist movement.
Using the principles of Satyagraha he led the campaign for Indian independence from Britain. Gandhi was arrested many times by the British for his activities in South Africa and India. He believed it was honorable to go to jail for a just cause. Altogether he spent seven years in prison for his political activities.
More than once Gandhi used fasting to impress upon others the need to be nonviolent. India was granted independence in 1947, and partitioned into India and Pakistan. Rioting between Hindus and Muslims followed. Gandhi had been an advocate for a united India where Hindus and Muslims lived together in peace.
On January 13, 1948, at the age of 78, he began a fast with the purpose of stopping the bloodshed. After 5 days the opposing leaders pledged to stop the fighting and Gandhi broke his fast. Twelve days later a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse who opposed his program of tolerance for all creeds and religion assassinated him.
The HOTWINC Emile Griffith Sports Humanitarian Medal
Named for former boxing champion Emile Griffith, this medal will be presented annually to an athlete who has contributed his or her time and/or monies to humanity.
A little about Emile Griffith - Emile Alphonse Griffith (born February 3, 1938) is a former boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who won world championships in both the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions. He was the first boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands ever to become a world champion. While Griffith is recognized in some boxing books as being a three division world champion, his claim to the Junior Middleweight title was not generally recognized.
Griffith, who turned professional in 1958 and fought frequently in New York, is best remembered for his televised third fight against Benny "the Kid" Paret on March 24, 1962.. He later beat Dick Tiger for the Middleweight title. He also lost, regained and then lost the Middleweight title in three classic fights with Nino Benvenuti. From the Paret bout to his retirement in 1977, Griffith fought 80 bouts but only scored twelve knockouts. He later admitted to being gentle with his opponents and relying on his superior boxing Like so many other fighters, Griffith fought well past his prime. He only won nine of his last twenty three fights.After 18 years as a professional boxer, Griffith retired with a record of 85 wins (25 by knockout), 24 losses and 2 draws.
Emile is also inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Emile Griffith is also the Vice President of The Humanitarians of The World Inc, and also served as an honorary Sports Ambassador For H.A.D. Org for the past 15 years, and has done Humanitarian work throughout the world. Emile passed away at age 75 in 2013, his son Luis will be on hand to present The HOTWINC Emile Griffith Sports Humanitarian Medal at the Annual Gala.
The HOTWINC Grandpa Al Lewis Humanitarian Medal
Named for Al Lewis the entertainer and public advocate, this medal will be presented to an individual who has worked as an advocate or entertainer in the humanitarian field.
A Little about Grandpa Al Lewis-In the late 1920s, Al Lewis worked as a circus performer, but ultimately decided on college, earning a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University. He taught school and wrote two children's books. In 1949, at the suggestion of a friend, Lewis turned to acting and joined the Paul Mann Actor's Workshop in New York City. Lewis worked in burlesque and vaudeville theaters across the country, which eventually led to Broadway. By the 1950s, television was booming, and Lewis took advantage of the work appearing on almost every live show out of his home base of New York City. His most famous regular TV roles were Officer Leo Schnauser on "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1961); and Grandpa on "The Munsters", (1964). When these shows ended, he opened a restaurant in Greenwich Village in New York called "Grampa's". He then produced a home video for children and appeared on WTBS in a series of Saturday morning programs for children.
Grandpa also had The Al Lewis Live Radio Show on WBAI, Radio Station. He also helped start the Green Party in New York and ran for Senator and Governor of New York. Grandpa also helped find the Liberty News Online Magazine, www.LNOM.org, which is owned and operated by Humanitarians of The World Inc. He wrote articles on a regular basis for the magazine, made appearances at the H.A.D organization’s annual fundraising events, and helped the organization raise money for humanitarian causes. Grandpa Al Lewis passed away in 2006.
The International Lifetime Humanitarian Medal
The International Lifetime Humanitarian Medal - The International Lifetime Humanitarian Medal will be presented to an individual, anywhere in the world, who has performed extraordinary work as a humanitarian throughout his or her life.
The International Lifetime Humanitarian Medal will be presented to an individual for outstanding work as a humanitarian, at the annual Awards Gala.
The Children's Humanitarian Medal (9 years thru 17 years)
The Children's Humanitarian Medal will be presented to children between the ages of 9 and 17. The medal will be awarded to children who have performed humanity work making them worthy of this medal.
Pets Humanitarian Medal
The Pets Humanitarian Medal will be presented to an animal (cat, dog, or bird.) The Pet Medal will be presented to a pet that has performed humanitarian work, making them worthy of this medal.