Rare Life Award
by Jason Majewski
For five years running, we've collaborated with Eagle Rare to deliver the Rare Life award, honoring everyday heroes who exhibit the brand ideals of courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism. Candidates are nominated by their peers and voted on by the public.
We are proud to announce that Alana Miller of St. Pauls, North Carolina is the recipient of the 2015 Rare Life honor. Miller has dedicated her life to establishing Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, a cage-free lifetime care facility for blind cats and cats with feline version of leukemia and FIV. Eagle Rare will donate $50,000 to Miller's charity, and host an award ceremony in St. Pauls to honor her.
More than 1 million votes were cast this year, an 11% increase from 2014.
Miller, impressively, accounted for nearly half the votes.
Six other runners-up were also named in individual categories:
Rocky Bleier of Pittsburgh, PA: Heroism Award for The Beating the Odds Foundation
Ashley Boyd Gann of Lexington, KY: Character Award for Sweet Blessings
Howard Garrett of Freeland, WA: Leadership Award for Orca Network
Karen Good of Trail, MN: Courage Award for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue
Brooke Pennypacker of Berlin, WI: Devotion Award for Operation Migration
Melissa Phelps of Erlanger, KY: Survival Award for Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Learn more about the 2015 Rare Life Recipients and their causes here.