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Awards 45 was held on May 5, 2016 at The City National Grove of Anaheim.  We hosted this special AWARDS celebration and fundraiser to bring together an incredibly diverse collection of people in a beautiful mosaic, to share the stories of unsung heroes who make a difference every day, often one person at a time, and to lift up our vision to create safe and inclusive neighborhoods,

The honorees were individuals or groups who made extraordinary contributions to Orange County by advocating for equal civil rights in education, employment, business, health, housing, immigration, justice, and labor, among others.  The gala also featured a speech by 2016 YouthSpeak contest winner, Lucinda Marvel, an 8th grade student at Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos.

This special awards event continues OC Human Relations’ annual tradition of highlighting Orange County’s outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to make our community a better place for all of us to live, work and do business.


OC Human Relations offers a tremendous thank you to our 2016 AWARDS 45 Title Sponsor:

Bill Witte & Keiko Sakamoto


2016 BRIDGES Safe & Respectful School Sponsors 


Kia Motors America

Crevier Family Fund

Keith Swayne

Community Sponsors

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

IRA Capital – Mohannad S. Malas

Susan and John Reese


Southern California Edison

Wells Fargo



Kevin Scott

Union Bank



American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

California Sikh Council

California State University, Fullerton

Kay Carpenter

Christ Our Redeemer AME

City of Anaheim

Clearinghouse CDFI

Future Computing Solutions, Inc.

Anita Varela and Rusty Kennedy

PiLarr & Frank Marmolejo

North Orange County Community College District

Orange County’s Credit Union

Orange County Department of Education

PIMCO Foundation

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

St Joseph Health System Foundation

University of California, Irvine

U.S. Bank


Charlene & Ralph Bauer

The California Endowment

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Disneyland Resort

Griffin Structures Inc.

HomeAid Orange County

Dr. Jerry Hunter

James A. McQueen

OC Community Foundation


Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot –  Marie Otto

Huntington Beach Police Department

St. Jude Medical Centre

Tustin Police Department 

Media Sponsor


In-Kind Printing Sponsor



The City National Grove of Anaheim

Special Thanks for Donating Time, Talent & Gifts

Graphic Design: Susan S. Reese Design, [email protected]
Jazz Band: Ron Kobayashi Trio, www.carpetcat.com
Photographers: Jan Garcia, www.janandtey.com
OCHR “Nitty Gritty” AWARDS Planning Committee:
Katie Bodner, Kay Carpenter, Barbara Hunt, Marco Ortega, Melissa Morgan, Pat
Perras, Fran Rahimi, Karen Stoyanoff, Sean Thomas, Sheri Wingate
Silent Auction and Wine Fundraiser Supporters

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