The best way to ring in the new year


Announcing the Inaugural PMC Memorial  Prize Winners!

Congratulations, Ashley Ring, and Olivia Kavanaugh, the 2016 Co-Winners of The Inaugural Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize! I’d also like to thank everyone who made monetary contributions to the PMC Memorial Prize, raising $5,000 to be awarded to the winners of the scholarship in my brother’s name.

Every gift that HEC receives by midnight, December 31st, 2016, will be matched one to one by the Efroymson Family Fund and an anonymous, Indiana-based donor, up to a total of $30,000!

I can’t think of a better way to usher in 2017!


Jesse Kharbanda, Founder and Senior Advisor of The Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize Fund, and the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council wrote the following in the recent HEC email newsletter:

There are few experiences more gratifying than meeting warm, compassionate, intelligent, engaging, and dynamic young leaders — those who hold the promise to make our world a better place and remind us of amazing souls like the irreplaceable Paul Chase.

Several of us had the great fortune of gathering together on October 23rd, Paul’s birthday, to celebrate Paul’s life, renew bonds of friendship, and recognize two amazing young leaders, in whom we see many of the qualities that we loved about Paul.

The dynamic young leaders that we recognized on Oct. 23rd, Ashley Ring and Olivia Kavanaugh, are the Co-Winners of the inaugural Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize. Both young women (just seniors in high school) are wise beyond their years. They are role models in academics, music, and student leadership.  More importantly, they are role models through their community service, with a heart for people and for the environment.  Both aspire to do big things for the world: Ashley, as a future veterinarian serving low-income communities and Olivia, as a future oncologist, focused on helping people like her sister, who has a brain tumor.

PMC Prize Advisory Council members, Convened by HEC, flank the Co-Winners of the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize, Olivia Kavanaugh and Ashley Ring. From left to right, Rhea Newman, Sandy Gosling, Lorraine Chase, Terry Briner, Olivia Kavanaugh, Ashley Ring, Beth Avraham, Kathy Williams, and Jesse Kharbanda (Photo credit: Mark Lee/Great Exposures, on behalf of the Hoosier Environmental Council.)

Your financial support makes it possible for the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize — administered by the Hoosier Environmental Council with the support of the all-volunteer PMC Prize Advisory Council — to be able to identify and support emerging young, humanitarian-minded leaders who will keep the legacy of Paul Chase alive for decades to come.

I am wishing you a healthy, safe, and happy new year — a year that we hope will be one marked by many more men and women stepping up to advance the ideals that Paul lived by.


Jesse Kharbanda

Founder and Senior Advisor, Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize Fund

Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council

P.S. Please double your impact by giving before midnight on December 31st!  Be sure to note “PMC Prize” in the comment box at the bottom of our donation page to ensure that your donation supports the PMC Prize Fund.

4 Replies to “The best way to ring in the new year”

    1. Happy New Year, to you, too, Beth Kennedy! I can always count on you, and m my sister, Beth Avraham, to read and leave comments. I can’t wait to find out how much money was raised!

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