2016 Honorees

On May 5, 2016 at the City National Grove of Anaheim, OC Human Relations brought together over 500 of Orange County’s diverse community and business leaders for AWARDS 45, a special gala event that honored the outstanding human relations efforts of seldom-recognized individuals, model community policing programs and exemplary school programs that create safe and inclusive environments for Orange County’s students and residents. As well as the presentation of the awards, the evening featured entertainment provided by the  Ron Kobayashi Trio and a speech by the 2016 YouthSpeak contest winner, Lucinda Marvel.

Below, click on the name of the honoree to learn more about the individuals and organizations that we were proud to recognize.

Diverse Community Leader Awards

The Diverse Community Leaders Awards honor individuals or groups who made extraordinary contributions to Orange County in human or civil rights.

Michelle Evans
Steve Kim
Scott Larson
Jan Nelson Meslin
Parents in Action Group (Grupo de Padres en Acción)
Bicky and Gurpreet Singh

Community-Policing Award

The Community-Policing Award recognizes a department or officer that has tailored creative strategies to provide outstanding service to and build positive relationships with their communities.

Officer Juan Muñoz, Huntington Beach PD

Distinguished BRIDGES School Award

The Distinguished BRIDGES School Award recognizes exceptional contributions to promoting, nurturing, protecting and/or cultivating a BRIDGES school campus that is safe, welcoming and equitable.

Loara High School

Distinguished Business Award

The Distinguished Business Award is presented to businesses that have gone above and beyond to embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Disneyland Resort