2016 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Maceri jmaceri@opcc.net (310) 264-6646 x 229

HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL SANTA MONICA Announcing the Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award Winners

SANTA MONICA, CA, April 18, 2016 – The Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area (HRC Santa Monica) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards.  The winners will be feted on Thursday, April 28 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 2016 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Award winners are Louise Gabriel, Donna Gentry, Michael Jackson and Scott Sale.

Louise Gabriel, nominated by the Santa Monica History Museum, is being recognized for her over 50 years of ongong philanthropic service to young people, the elderly and disadvantaged.  In addition to her work with the Santa Monica History Museum, she is actively involved in a number of organizations including the Salvation Army Auxiliary and Santa Monica Hospital.

Donna Gentry has a long history of working with a number of nonprofits in the Santa Monica area.  Nominated by the Westside Family Health Center, Ms. Gentry has shown tremendous capacity for understanding the mission of the Center and has been a staunch supporter through connections, resources and time.  Through her work with a number of Santa Monica based nonprofits, she has helped thousands of people make a better life.

Michael Jackson, nominated by the Santa Monica Police Department and MVPP/PeaceProsLA, is being honored for his work with teens and young adults.  Mentoring youth, teens and young adult males since he was in high school, Mr. Jackson is known for his ability to advocate for self-responsibility, education, equality and social justice for everyone.

Dr. Scott Sale was nominated by Imagine LA with assistance from the Leo Baeck Temple.  Dr. Sale is a tireless advocate on behalf of the homeless and helping them build better lives.  He is relentless in working with the faith-based community and motivating others to assist him in helping chronic homeless veterans and families.

The awards presentation will take place on Thursday, April 28 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 at 7:00.  The event is open to the public but RSVPs are required.  Please RSVP at HRCEVENTSRSVP@gmail.com.