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2023 Con Hogan Award Winner HB Lozito Speaks about the Award and Its Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 4, 2024

MEDIA CONTACT:
Zoe Pike
The Vermont Community Foundation
802-388-3355 ext. 285
zpike@vermontcf.org

2023 Con Hogan Award Winner HB Lozito Speaks about the Award and Its Impact
Nominations for the 2024 award close on June 27; the winner to receive $15,000 Cash Prize

HB Lozito was honored with the 2023 Con Hogan Award. Lozito is the executive director of Brattleboro-based Out in the Open, which is working to build a multi-issue, multiracial social justice movement of rural LGBTQ+ people. In a recent interview, they talked about their life and work and what receiving the award meant to them both personally and professionally.

Now in its tenth and final year, the award recognizes Con’s life and work by rewarding a community leader who shares his vision of a better Vermont and who seizes the responsibility for making that vision a reality. Awardees are individuals who focus on results, use data and measurement to mobilize action, work with people across diverse perspectives, take risks in pursuit of their vision, and persist through setbacks. The 2024 award will be presented at the Vermont State House in Montpelier at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9.

Asked whether receiving the award has made a difference for them, Lozito expressed appreciation for “the validation from people outside our [LGBTQ+] community of how important this work is—to be able to highlight our community and the work of our organization on a broader stage than we usually have has absolutely been really useful.”

On a more personal level, Lozito noted “There’s not a lot of awards that provide an individual who’s been working in community this kind of financial support. That was really useful to me as a working-class person who had been working in my position part-time for a long time—amazing for myself.”

Lozito urged 2024 nominators to tell the story of their nominees—who they are, what they do, and how they do it. They noted that the award committee “has deep interest in people and who folks are as an individual person in addition to their community work.”

Watch the interview with Lozito at vermontcf.org/lozito-interview.

Nominations are open for the 2024 award. As in the past, the award will go to an individual selected by the Award Committee, whose members represent a broad range of interests and experience, including health care and human services, the arts, government service, early care and education, and the economy. The awardee must be a Vermont resident who has not yet received the prize and must be nominated by another individual.

Nominations will be accepted through the Vermont Community Foundation’s website until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

The public is welcome to the award presentation at the Vermont State House Cafeteria in Montpelier 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Register for the free event at vermontcf.org/ConHogan2024RSVP.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit vermontcf.org/conhoganaward.

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The Vermont Community Foundation was established in 1986 as an enduring source of philanthropic support for Vermont communities. A family of more than 900 funds, foundations, and supporting organizations, the Foundation makes it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love. The Community Foundation and its partners put more than $60 million annually to work in Vermont communities and beyond. The heart of its work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. The Community Foundation envisions Vermont at its best—where everyone can build a bright, secure future. Visit vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

Posted by Sarah Lyons on June 5, 2024 at 4:15 pm

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