Save the Date! Mark J. Benjamin Awards

Not For the Faint of Heart

Identifying Old Patterns & Creating New Tapestries of Community Life

A Sunday Gathering by the Baha’i Center featuring Dr. Ruha Benjamin to speak about everyday racism, spirituality, and social change.

All are welcome. Sunday, July 21st, Santa Monica Baha’i Center, 3102 Colorado Avenue, 90404

2019 Mark J. Benjamin Impact Awards Program

Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 Mark J. Benjamin Impact Awards

The Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area is a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities.

The HRC Santa Monica Bay Area is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the

2019 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program

The goal of the HRC’s Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program is to recognize individuals who, through their behavior and commitment, are role models for a respectful and socially just community and whose involvement with community organizations as a volunteer contributes to and impacts building an inclusive community. Our honorees are people who:

(1) Promote understanding within our diverse community,
(2) Take actions that make a difference, and
(3) Demonstrate compassion for others.

Our program is named for Mark Benjamin – a true hero who gave generously and thoughtfully in support of our community. He exemplified who Studs Terkel described when he wrote, “Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.”

On May 26, 2013, the HRC board honored Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders for his thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting the work of the HRC. On September 29, 2013, Mark lost his life in a tragic accident.

We invite you to participate in the MJB Community Impact Awards Program by nominating someone who represents both your organization’s mission and the HRC’s goals.  Please complete the Nomination Form and submit to hrcimpact@gmail.com.

The Nominations Period is from May 1, 2019 through June 14, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 pm on June 14, 2019 via email to: hrcimpact@gmail.com.

Robert F. Kennedy observed, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current.”

The HRC believes it is the sum of the modest, ongoing activities of many that lead to enduring change. Too often, these efforts go unrecognized. The HRC is asking you to help us identify members of our community who are making a significant impact and allow us to bring their work to center stage.

If you have questions, please check out our website: hrcsantamonica.org/impact or contact by email: hrcimpact@gmail.com

Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards
Honoring “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”

Awardees will be honored at a special event on the evening of September 11, 2019.

Dinner & Dialogue – May 8th

Interested in joining the discussion? RSVP to info@hrcsantamonica.org with your name and zip code by Wednesday, May 1st.

Equality of Women = Prosperity for All

Special Discourse of the Society presented by the Santa Monica Baha’i Community, Human Relations Council – Santa Monica Bay Area, and the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religion

2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Winners

Human Realtions Council Santa Monica Bay Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Donna Gentry
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310.990.4284

Announcing the 2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Winners
To be Honored by the Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay

SANTA MONICA, CA, April 9, 2018 – The Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area (HRC Santa Monica) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards. The winners will be feted on Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Santa Monica Baha’i Center.

Named after long-time HRC Santa Monica board member and former Morley Builders CEO Mark J. Benjamin, the awards recognize those individuals who volunteer their time to promote understanding among diverse people, take actions that make a difference and demonstrate compassion for others.

The 2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award winners are Victoria Roshanzamir, Larry Arnstein, and Celine Bundy-Kahn. Here’s a brief note on each honoree:

Victoria Roshanzamir has volunteered with the Santa Monica Baha’i Center for the past 15 years. The Center’s management and maintenance is a product of love and attention Mrs. Roshanzami dedicates to the Center. Mrs. Roshanzamir spends an average of 50 hours a month ensuring the Center is open and accessible to members of the community, whether for a special event of for the Baha’i Center’s Holy day events. Mrs. Roshanzamir also provides great care to the Santa Monica Baha’i Community in times of personal loss and need.

Larry Arnstein has served as a weekly volunteer at The People Concern (formerly OPCC) for over 26 years. Mr. Arnstein serves as an Access Center volunteer, welcoming each homeless guest as they arrive at the Center. Each individual Mr. Arnstein interacts with, no matter their circumstance or background, is treated with dignity and understanding. He is a model example of empathetic and lasting service to a diverse community.

Celine Bundy-Kahn serves as a volunteer at Chrysalis, an organization to assist low-income and homeless individuals to create a pathway to self-sufficiency. Ms. Bundy-Kahn assists with the bi-weekly Job Preparation 1 class, assisting clients to prepare for, find, and retain employment by highlighting their skills in resumes and through networking. Time and time again, she steps up to ensure clients receive the services and volunteer support required. Ms. Bundy-Kahn also provides financial and strategic support of Chrysalis through her work on the Development and Event Committees.

The Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area is a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities. It is led by an all-volunteer board of directors who represent residents, business, non-profit organizations, faith congregations and local government.

The awards presentation will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Santa Monica Baha’i Center, 3102 Colorado Boulevard, Santa Monica.  Street parking is available along with parking at the Westside Christian Fellowship Church.

There will be a buffet dinner at 6:00 pm and the awards presentation begins at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-relations-coucil-mark-j-benjamin-community-impact-awards-tickets-44809404134?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

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33rd Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition presents:

33rd Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2018 theme “Never Los Hope: Unity Wins”

Join us for a weekend of events celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018
9:00 am to 10:30 am
For more information, visit mlkjrwestside.org.

2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award – Now Accepting Nominations

The Human Relations Council of Santa Monica Bay Area promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities.

December 1, 2017
The Human Relations Council – Santa Monica Bay Area is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the

2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards

The goal of the HRC’s Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards is to recognize individuals whose involvement with community organizations as a volunteer contributes to and impacts building a respectful, inclusive community. Our honorees are people who:

  1. promote understanding within our diverse community,
  2. make a difference, and
  3. demonstrate compassion for others.

Our award is named for Mark Benjamin – a true hero who gave generously and thoughtfully in support of our community. He exemplified who Studs Terkel described when he wrote, “Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.”

On May 26, 2013, the HRC board honored Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of
Santa Monica-based Morley Builders
for his thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting the work of the HRC.
On September 29, 2013, Mark lost his life in a tragic accident.

We invite you to participate in the MJB Community Impact Awards by nominating someone who represents both your organization’s mission and the HRC’s goals. The Nomination Form is included here and also may be found on our website at http://www.hrcsantamonica.org. The nominating period is open from December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018. Nominations will be reviewed between February 1st and March 1st, and the recipients will be announced on April 1, 2018. Awardees will be honored at a special event on April 26, 2018.

By nominating someone, you are also agreeing to participate in the selection process. During the month of February you will be given nominations to review and rate. Your recommendations will be submitted to the HRC Board of Directors who will make the final decision.

Robert F. Kennedy observed, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current.” The HRC believes it is the sum of the modest, ongoing activities of many that lead to enduring change. Too often, these efforts go unrecognized. The HRC is asking you to help us identify members of our community who are making a significant impact and allow us to bring their work to center stage.

If you have questions please check out our website: hrcsantamonica.org/impact or contact by email: jmaceri@thepeopleconcern.org

John Maceri, Committee Chair
2018 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards
Human Relations Council-Santa Monica Bay Area
FAX: 310-264-6647

Film Screening of Walking While Black

Walking While Black Film Screening

Join us for a film screening of the documentary Walking While Black L.O.V.E. is the Answer, a film by A.J. Ali and Errol Webber. Followed by a panel discussion, Q&A, and hospitality.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 19th at 12:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica Baha’i Center, 3102 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Sponsored by the Santa Monica College Police Department and the Santa Monica College Department of Communications and Media Studies with the support of the Santa Monica Human Relations Council and the Baha’i Community.

2017 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Winners

Human Realtions Council Santa Monica Bay Area

Announcing the 2017 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Winners
To be Honored by the Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay

SANTA MONICA, CA, April 17, 2017 – The Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area (HRC Santa Monica) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards. The winners will be feted on Thursday, April 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Santa Monica Bahai Center.

Named after long-time HRC Santa Monica board member and former Morley Builders CEO Mark J. Benjamin, the awards recognize those individuals who volunteer their time to promote understanding among diverse people, take actions that make a difference and demonstrate compassion for others.

The 2017 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award winners are Judi Barker, Neil Carrey, Elizabeth Cruz and Steve Vielhaber. Here’s a brief note on each honoree:

For over 30 years, Judi Barker has been an active volunteer, leader and supporter of numerous organizations including the Santa Monica Police Activities League, Santa Monica Family YMCA, Santa Monica History Museum, Santa Monica Airport Association and the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club.

Neil Carrey has been active in nonprofit and civic organizations since 1968, serving as a volunteer and in various leadership roles with the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica, Vista Del Mar, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica Youth Athletic Foundation and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Elizabeth “Liz” Cruz has been active in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica, where she was born and raised, and continues to be a leader as the Vice Chair of the Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board, a mentor to parents, youth and families through Familias Latinas Unidas and Charla y Joyeria, and a community builder through her work with residents at Community Corp of Santa Monica.

Steve Vielhaber has served for many years as a volunteer at Chrysalis, helping homeless individuals prepare to find employment and return to lives of self-sufficiency. He has served as a program volunteer working directly with clients, as well as in leadership roles on three board committees – Finance, Programs and Development.

The Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area is a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities. It is led by an all-volunteer board of directors who represent residents, business, non-profit organizations, faith congregations and local government.

The awards presentation will take place on Thursday, April 27 at the Santa Monica Bahai Center, 3102 Colorado Boulevard, Santa Monica.  Street parking is available along with parking at the Westside Christian Fellowship Church.

There will be a buffet dinner at 6:00 pm and the awards presentation begins at 7:00 pm.  The event is open to the public but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP to: https://humanrelationscouncilmarkjbenjamin.eventbrite.com

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