Daymark Founder Ar-dath Francke was named a Pan-dora Jewelry Hearts of Today Honoree in a ceremony in Los Angeles November 15, 2014. PANDORA Jewelry received more than 700 nominations for the inaugural PANDORA Hearts of Today program, an initiative that celebrates women who are work-ing to improve the lives or wom-en and children in their commu-nities and around the world. Of the 700, an esteemed panel of judges helped identify the 20 women who had the strongest and most inspiring stories. Arda-th’s story, about how she gath-ered community support and created DAYMARK’s Patchwork Crisis Shelter after having to turn away a teenager in need on Christmas Eve, was strong enough to make her a finalist. Once the submissions were nar-rowed down to 20 semi-finalists, the public voted on-line to select the final eight honorees. Ardath received votes from as far away as Paris, France.
Ardath traveled to Los Angeles to accept her award accompanied by several family members, including Sarah Francke, who currently serves on Daymark’s Board of Directors.
Each Hearts of Today honoree received $25,000 to further the goals of her charita-ble organization. After she re-turned to Charleston, DAYMARK hosted a reception in her honor at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

ardath1DAYMARK’s Vicki Pleas-ant, Cheryl Patrick, and Beth Scohy surprise Ar-dath with a visit to tell her that she has won the Pandora Hearts of Today contest.
ardath2Ardath and the other Pandora Hearts of today winners.
ardath3Ardath listens to DAY-MARK youth talk about their experiences at DAY-MARK and thank her for her contribution to the community at a reception in her honor in Charles-ton.