Close to 200 guests gathered at the London West Hollywood Hotel to be recognized for their tremendous efforts to Create Pathways Out of Poverty for all in L.A. County and were treated to live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and breathtaking views of the Sunset Strip.
Noel Massie, President of UPS’ Central California District and Chair of UWGLA’s Campaign Cabinet, was the first to address the crowd: “What you are doing now is making a material impact on those in need. Anything you can do to help rebuild their lives will turn our community into a more vibrant one.”
This year’s award recipients include:
- Corporate Pillar Award: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Edison International and Avery Dennison
- Employee Giving Award: Target, ACCO Engineered Systems, Valero Wilmington Refinery and the L.A. County Employee Campaign
- Leadership Award: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Miguel Contreras Labor Award: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11
- Model Campaign of the Year Award: East West Bank
- Spirit of Los Angeles Award: AT&T, Bank of America, Edison International, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Greater L.A. Combined Federal Campaign, UPS and Wells Fargo
- 100 Percent CPOP Award: Bobrick Washroom Equipment
- Corporate Partner of the Year Award: UPS
- Emerging Leader Philanthropy Award: Brian Welsh
- Woman Leader Philanthropy Award: Jan Cloyde
- Tocqueville Society Philanthropy Award: Nancy McGinnis
The evening was capped off with a special appearance by United Way NFL ambassador and Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha who commended guests on their achievements in the areas of fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism.
“It’s a beautiful thing when people of the same mind are gathered in the same place,” he said. “My hat goes off to you for doing what you’re doing. Congratulations and thank you for your support of the CPOP mission and United Way of Greater L.A. Clearly, we are all here to make a difference, to help our community and to promote growth and positive change!”
*From L to R: Noel Massie, Elise Buik, Nnamdi Asomugha and UW Board Chair, Caroline Nahas.