CARD Volunteer and USF Student Wins WEDU Be More Entrepreneurial Rising Star Award

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) volunteer and University of South Florida (USF) student Steve Toth has won the WEDU Be More Entrepreneurial Rising Star Award. He created and coordinates Project: Rock for Autism to benefit CARD. The event was created to bring awareness to autism and related disabilities. To date, he has raised over $10,000 in three years.  Later this year, he plans to bring the concert to USF.

The goal of the WEDU Be More Awards is to recognize and applaud the outstanding and often unrecognized efforts of nonprofit organizations, and the individuals that support them, throughout west central Florida. The Rising Star Award is presented to “an individual, under the age of 30, who has distinguished themselves by using entrepreneurial skills to build a successful endeavor in the nonprofit arena that can be directly accredited to their inspiration, motivation and business acumen.”

“This award not only highlights the great work of Steve but the overall work of CARD and their presence in our community,” said College of Behavioral & Community Sciences Dean Junius Gonzales.

The WEDU Be More Awards were held January 13. Along with Steve and his family, CARD Community Inclusion Coordinator Christine Rover, CARD Development Leadership Council member Carmen Inclan and James Williams, a keynote speaker, at the 2011 CARD Conference attended the event.   CARD would also like to thank 5/3 Bank and Carmen Inclan for her encouragement to apply for the award and the sponsorship for the luncheon tickets. 

Click  here to watch a news story on the awards and to see other winners.