Diverse Community Leader Award Tony Ortuno (Santa Ana) has been part of the Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, Education for All group, and has served in a lead role in the fight for LGBT-supportive programming to change policies in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Tony participated as a lead organizer for the Orange County

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(Orange County, CA) The outstanding work of local individuals, groups and a business will be honored at OC Human Relations’ Annual AWARDS Celebration and fundraiser at 5:30pm, Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The AWARDS 2019 Celebration, sponsored this year by Union Bank, is a unique occasion that brings together

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Outstanding BRIDGES School Award Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley) whose Baron Bridge Builders program strives to maintain a safe, nurturing and inclusive campus for all students. The school demonstrates a commitment to working collectively for a positive school climate by connecting every student to another student, teacher, activity or club. About the Award The

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Diverse Community Leader Award We recognize Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) and OC Opportunity Initiative (OCOI) for bringing funders and community organizations together to ensure the full participation and integration of our local immigrant communities. OCOI was established as a collaborative effort with OCCF’s leadership in bringing together 20+ foundations and individual donors to provide

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Executive Director/CEO 1981-2017 For nearly 40 years, Rusty Kennedy served as an inspiring, valued leader who brought together hundreds of thousands of people in Orange County to create a safer, more inclusive community where everyone can live free of discrimination and violence, be treated with respect and have a voice in decision-making processes that affect

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Outstanding BRIDGES School Award Newport Harbor High School School students often mirror the discourse they see in society. As the national election ramped up in 2016, people all over America discussed and debated their perspectives and beliefs. Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) students did the same, but some of these diverse viewpoints caused a deep

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Community Policing Award Honoree Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Sandra Hutchens is the first female to become the Orange County (OC) Sheriff, no small accomplishment in this male dominated profession. Sheriff Hutchens has dedicated her service to the ideals of transparency, civilian oversight and community-oriented policing. When Ferguson, Missouri was engulfed in protests and violence in 2014

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Community Policing Award Honoree Tustin Police Department It is no secret that, due to some unfortunate high-profile incidents, relationships between minority youth and the police have been strained all across the United States. The Tustin Police Department, in partnership with Orange County Human Relations, participated in two Community Dialogue meetings at Currie Middle School in

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Diverse Community Leader Award Honoree Brian Peterson (Santa Ana) The homeless are almost completely without a public face, and Brian Peterson’s advocacy with Faces of Santa Ana has given them a presence and their plight much needed advocacy. His work for the homeless is tireless, generous, selfless, and of significant impact. Faces of Santa Ana

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