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2017 – 42nd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon

Building Legacies through Advocacy, Activism, and the Arts
Saturday June 3, 2017 at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

  • Judicial Excellence Award
    Hon. Kevin C. Brazile
    Assistant Presiding Judge
  • Excellence in the Arts Award
    Bernard and Shirley Kinsey
    The Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for the Arts and Education
  • Community Service Award
    USC Gould Immigration Clinic
    USC Gould School of Law

2016 – 41st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon
Beyond All Limits: Motivate, Educate, Elevate
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

  • Judy A. Smith, Founder and President of Smith & Company
  • Bonnie Hill, President of B. Hill Enterprises LLC
  • Tige J. Charity, Founder and Executive Director of Kids in the Spotlight, Inc.

2015 – 40th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon
Powerful Beyond Measure: Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence in Service
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

  • June Baldwin, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate & Legal Affairs, KCETLink
  • Jenesse Center, Inc. / Jenesse Center Legal Services Program

2014 – 39th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon
Breaking Barriers & Blazing Trails
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA

  • Debbie Allen, Actress, Dancer, Choreographer, Television Director/Producer
  • Carol Moore, Esq., Vice President and Executive General Counsel, Hyundai Capital America, Inc.
  • Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, for its outstanding work to seek justice for the voiceless, especially the most recent exoneration of a 34-year-old wrongful conviction of Kash Register (Nov. 2013)

2013 – 38th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards Luncheon
Honoring the Dream and it’s Legacy
Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Bel Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades, CA

  • Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director Pasadena Playhouse
  • Eva Paterson President and Co-Founder, The Equal Justice Society

2012 – 37th Annual Scholarship & Awards Luncheon
The Law and Beyond
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica, CA

  • Major General Marcia Anderson, First African-American Female Two-Star General in the United States Army Reserve
  • Kaye Lindsey, former Senior Vice President of Operations for State Farm Insurance Companies – California Zone
  • Zola Mashariki, Senior Vice President of Production at Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer for Wal-Mart Stores

2011 – 36th Annual Scholarship & Awards Luncheon
Laying the Foundation for Greatness: The Sky is the Limit
Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the London West Hollywood

  • Teenage Pilot Kimberly Anyadike
  • County of Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby
  • The Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center
  • BWL Icon Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes posthumously

2009 – 34th Annual Fundraiser
Celebrating the Literary Arts
Saturday May 2, 2009 at the Luxe Hotel

  • Hill Harper – Acclaimed Actor and Best Selling Author
  • Natalie Cole – Publisher, Our Weekly Newspaper
  • Tananarive Due – Author
  • Pamela Samuels Young, Esq. – Attorney and Author

2008 – 33rd Annual Fundraiser
Filling the Pipeline: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
Saturday – May 3, 2008 at the Marriott Marina del Rey

  • Karen Earl – Executive Director, Jenesse Center, Inc.
  • Lydia Cincore Templeton – Founder & CEO, Children Youth & Family Collaborative
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

2007 – 32nd Annual Fundraiser
Community Couture: Designing our Future, Remembering Our Past
Saturday – May 5, 2007 at the Marriott Marina del Rey

  • Dress for Success – Janet Lavender, Executive Director
  • HerShe Group Foundation, Inc. – Kenadie Cobbin Richardson, Founder and Executive Director
  • Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility – Northrop Grumman & President, Northrop Grumman Foundation

2006 – 31st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
Footprints to the Future … The Power of One” (Remembering Rachel D. Young, Esq.)
Saturday, May 20, 2006 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

  • Justice Candace Cooper, Presiding Justice, Division 8 (Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District)
  • Laurie Robinson, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, CBS Broadcasting (Founder & CEO, Corporate Counsel Women of Color)
  • Kriss Turner, Film & TV Writer Hit Movie “Something New”

2005 – 30th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
Reflections from the Past: A Mirror to the Future
Saturday, May 21, 2005 at Casa Del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica, California

  • “Law Practice Rising Stars & Entrepreneurs” – Jean Murrell Adams, Esq.
  • “Law Practice Rising Stars & Entrepreneurs” – Nedy A. Williams, Esq.
  • “Law Practice Rising Stars & Entrepreneurs” – Julianna Yasinski-Edwards, Esq.
  • “Outstanding Leadership in the Community” – Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
  • “Corporate Practice Excellence” – Avis Frazier-Thomas, Esq.
  • “Corporate Practice Excellence” – Sandy Williams, Esq.

2004 – 29th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
All That You Touch, You Change
Thursday, June 24, 2004 at the Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

  • Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Danny Bakewell
  • President Robert Brown

2003 – 28th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
Community Commitment – Realized
Saturday, May 17, 2003 at the Hotel Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica

  • Paul C. Hudson
  • Karen Hill-Scott
  • Honorable Bobbi Tillmon
  • Donna Mills

2001 – 26th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
Back to Secure Our Future
Saturday, May 12, 2001 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica, California

  • Anita DeFrantz, Esq., President, Amateur Athletic Foundation and Member, International Olympic Committee
  • Kika Keith, Founder/Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Center for Creative Achievement
  • Bruce Brodie, Esq., Head Deputy, Office of the Alternate Public Defender & Bar Review Instructor
  • Glynn and Jo-An Turman, Founders, Camp Gid D Up and IX Winds Ranch Foundation

2000 – 25th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraiser
Honoring Our Past Celebrating Our Future — ‘Still I Rise’…
Saturday, May 6, 2000 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

  • Millennium Award Recipient – The Honorable Vaino Spencer, Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, 2nd District
  • Silver Anniversary Award Recipient – Sylvia Drew Ivie, Executive Director, T.H.E. Clinic, Inc.
  • Silver Anniversary Award Recipient – Wanda K. Denson-Low, Vice President and General Counsel, Hughes Space and Communications Company
  • Silver Anniversary Award Recipients – James Fugate and Thomas Hamilton, co-owners, Eso Won Books
  • Silver Anniversary Award Recipient – Dr. Tedd Davis, Founder and Director, California Dance Center

1999 – 24th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
The Spirit of Change
Saturday, April 24, 1999 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Museum Row, Los Angeles, CA

  • Reggie Andrews, Educator
  • Carol Joan Bennett, M.D., Urologist
  • Mablean Ephriam, “Divorce Court” Judge
  • Rhonda Windham, General Manager of the L.A. Sparks

1998 – 23rd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
Envision 2001
Saturday, May 16, 1998 at the Los Angeles Sheraton Downtown

  • Synthia Saint James, Artist
  • Women of Vision Award – Constance L. Rice, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Women of Vision Award – Myrtle Faye Rumph, Community Activist
  • Women of Vision Award – Sylvia Serena Swilley, M.D.

1997 – 22nd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
A Salute to Women Beyond The Millennium
Saturday, May 17, 1997 at Loews Hotel Santa Monica

  • Millennium Award Recipient – Hon. Joyce London Alexander (Chief U.S. Magistrate, Boston, Mass.)
  • Community Service Award – S.L.A.A.A.P. (Greater South Los Angeles Affirmative Action Project)

1996 – 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
BWL Salutes African-American Scholars
Saturday, May 18, 1996

  • Corporate Vanguard Award – Magic Johnson Theatres
  • Community Service Award – Gregory and Yasmin Delahoussaye (Educational Student Tours)
  • Community Service Award – Dr. Carolyn Reid-Wallace (Corporation for Public Broadcasting)

1992 – 17th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
An Evening in Celebration of the African-American Arts
May 16, 1992 at the Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles

  • All That Dance Company (Ruth Ashton-Blake, Choreographer)
  • Larry D. Drew (V.P., Magic Johnson Foundation, Inc.)