2017 Outstanding Young Alumni– Annie Dempsey


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Annie Dempsey, founder of the Miss Amazing Georgia Pageant, will be presented with the prestigious Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) for her accomplishments and community service since attending HOBY’s leadership programs. This honor will be awarded during HOBY’s annual Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala on May 31 in New York City.

HOBY’s Outstanding Young Alumni award recognizes and honors alumni ages 25 and younger for their outstanding accomplishments and service. This year, Dempsey (HOBY Georgia seminar, 2014) will receive the award along with Max Rubenstein (HOBY Georgia Northwest seminar, 2016), founder of Game Givers.

“HOBY empowered me to serve others,” Dempsey said, “…to impact their journeys to become the best leaders they can be.”

 Dempsey currently serves as the assistant director of the Georgia Miss Amazing Pageant. Miss Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment. She has also been an advocate for individuals with disabilities and helped to pioneer several campaigns to raise awareness. She worked on a campus-wide campaign at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to promote accessibility for students with disabilities. Since attending her HOBY Leadership Seminar in 2014, she has completed over 1,000 hours of community service.

 “Annie is a great example of the kinds of students HOBY hones to be a great leader within their community,” said HOBY President and CEO Javier LaFianza. “I know that we will continue to see amazing things from her in the years to come.”

The HOBY Outstanding Young Alumni Award was created to recognize and honor HOBY alumni, ages 25 and under, for their accomplishments and service. The winners of the award have distinguished themselves as leaders among their peers and in their communities. They have served in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities and have made a significant difference in the lives of others.


HOBY is proud to present our New York Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards at the New York Athletic Club in New York City on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Join us as we celebrate HOBY’s 59 years of developing young leaders and honor: Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, His Excellency Ambassador T. Hamid al-Bayati, former Ambassador from Iraq to the United Nations, and Sima Delafraz, First Quality Healthcare, with our Albert Schweitzer Award, along with seven outstanding alumni.

About HOBY 

For 59 years, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has helped to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by inspiring a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs annually provide more than 12,000 local and international high school students the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service learning, and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering, and today more than 4,000 volunteers annually and over 445,000 alumni proudly make up the HOBY family. For further information on HOBY visit www.hoby.org. “Like” Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HOBY and follow the organization on Twitter via @HOBY.



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