Stephen Marc Beaudoin
2011 Prize Winner
PHAME Academy Executive Director
Why he chose to work in the nonprofit arena:
The nonprofit field chose me, long ago. I have always been a service-oriented personit runs in the family.
What motivated him to do this:
In January 2010, I was so bowled over by the unfolding earthquake disaster in Haiti that I was moved to set about producing Songs for Haiti at the Aladdin Theater with Tom Sessa, Thomas Lauderdale and many others. A friend mentioned a group called PHAME, and said they had a remarkable choir, comprised entirely of adults with developmental disabilities. To be frank, I was skeptical. He raved. I caved, and invited the PHAME choir to join the show. I vividly recall standing in the wings of the Aladdin, totally awestruck by the power and heart when the PHAME choir hit the stage that night. I vowed to get involved with PHAME as soon as I could.