“In March of 2011, Beverly's Birthdays founder, Megs Yunn, met a young girl, Beverly, who shared with Ms. Megs that she had never had her own birthday party or even her own slice of birthday cake.
Inspired by Beverly's story, Megs decided to start an organization that provides birthday celebrations for homeless children in the Pittsburgh Region.
In June of 2011, Megs submitted her idea to the "BE BIG in Your Community Contest," a signature component of the ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog® BE BIG!™ campaign sponsored by American Family Insurance and was selected as a first place winner out of over 1,000 entries in the nation. Beverly’s Birthdays received a starter grant to help make Megs dream a reality. Beverly’s Birthdays became an official nonprofit in February 2012 and received our 501c3 status in August 2012.
Beverly’s Birthdays currently partners with agencies across the Pittsburgh region to ensure that no child is forgotten on his/her special day. Since our inception we have distributed birthday presents to over 1000 children….this is A TON OF BIRTHDAY CHEER!”
The Jefferson Award is given annually to honor Americans who perform outstanding public service in their community and inspire others to follow their example. This year, WOMEN are honored to sponsor Meg Yunn, founder of Beverly’s Birthdays. WOMEN also supported her last year with a grant
As it is so well described on the website for Beverly’s Birthdays, www.beverlysbirthdays.org, below is an excerpt about the organization.