Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things…

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Award Recipients:

Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards 2017

2018 – Victoria Roshanzamir, Larry Arnstein, and Celine Bundy-Kahn
2017 – Judi Barker, Neil Carrey, Elizabeth Cruz and
Steve Vielhaber (pictured above)

2016 – Louise Gabriel, Donna Gentry, Michael Jackson and Scott Sale 
2015 – Leslie Abell, Barbara Neff, Blake Richetta and Nat Trives

The Santa Monica Bay Area is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2019 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards.  Read more about the nominating process.

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 J. Benjamin—a true hero who gave generously and thoughtfully in support of our community. 

On May 26, 2013, the HRC Directors honored Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders for his thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting the work of the Human Relations Council, saying "He is a true hero." On May 29, 2013, Mark lost his life in a tragic accident.

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.

 
Mark 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. 

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