Politicians and entertainers were honored at The Stonewall Young Democrats (SYD) 5th Annual HERO Awards held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Sheraton Gateway LAX located at 6101 West Century Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA 90045.
“Know that there are so many roads to travel and so many doors of opportunity out there. It’s up to you to choose the right one, be a HERO.” said Debra Wilson, Mistress of Ceremonies.
The individuals honored were:
American actress Candis Cayne (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money), Hon. Mark Leno, California State Senator, Hon. Donna Groman, LA Superior Court Judge. and Hon. Anthony Portantino, California State Assembly-member. The Honorary Awards Chairwoman was Hon. Betty T. Yee, and the Mistress of Ceremonies was MadTV’s Debra Wilson.
Michael Colorge, president of Stonewall Young Democrats said, “This was our most successful Hero Awards to date and I would like to thank the people who made the event amazing and memorable.”
The host committee members were Hon. Betsy Butler, Hon. Steve Bradford, Hon. Herb Wesson Jr., Hon. Susan Rubio, Ari Ruiz, Shirin Buckman, Ed Buck, Jimmy Gomez, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Todd Sargent, and Alex De Ocampo.
Mr. Colorge congratulated his Executive Board by saying “And to my Executive Board… Shirin, Ari, Chris, Shant, Elissa, Rosalba, David, Chris – after 7 years the more things change, the more stay the same. I couldn’t be any prouder to know that no matter what, we are there.”
The government elected officials who attended the event were: US Congress member Judy Chu, US Congress member Laura Richardson, US Congress member Brad Sherman, CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen, CA Board of Equalization member Betty T. Yee, CA State Senator & Honoree Mark Leno, CA State Senator Curren Price Jr., CA State Senator Rod Wright, CA State Senator Ted Lieu, CA State Assembly Member & Honoree Anthony Portantino, , CA State Assembly member Betsy Butler, CA State Assembly member Cathleen Galgiani, CA State Assembly member Steve Bradford, CA State Assembly member Warren Furutani, Los Angeles City Council member Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles City Council member Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Council member Tony Cardenas, Los Angeles City Council member Bernard Parks, Host Committee & Baldwin Park City Council member Susan Rubio, West Hollywood City Council member Jeffrey Prang, LAUSD Board member Nury Martinez, LAUSD Board member Steve Zimmer, Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District President Jay Chen, Garvey School District Board member Henry Lo, & Compton School Board of Trustees Emma Sharif.
Some of the celebrities who attended the event were: Syesha Mercado, Phoebe Price, Gloria Bigelow, Yvette Yates, Kyle Blitch, Nick Frank, Dave Collins, & Laura Velkei.
The event tickets were $25.00 for those under age 36, and $40.00 for age 36 and over. Event producers told us that over 200 people attended the event. The events Presenting Sponsors were Unite Here International and SEIU United Long Term Care Workers. The media sponsor was Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications.
About The HERO Awards:
The Annual HERO Awards, now in its fifth year, recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the rights of the LGBT Community. Past recipients include: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Maria Elena Durazo, Karina Samala, Fmr. Congresswoman/US Ambassador Diane E. Watson, West Hollywood City Council Member Jeffrey Prang and Jorge Valencia. For more information visit http://stonewallyoungdems.org/heroes
About SYD: Founded in 2004, Stonewall Young Democrats is a community of dedicated youth passionate about political and societal issues. They strive to give voice to LGBTQ youth and take action in a grassroots manner on matters of both local and national significance. For more information visit www.stonewallyoungdems.org
Photos credit to: The Stonewall Young Democrats, The Biz Magazine & Laura Velkei.
Source: The Stonewall Young Democrats and Diversity News Magazine
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