By John L. Seitz, Beverly Hills Courier
More than $5 million in scholarships and grants were distributed by the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation at its year-end Charity Awards luncheon at Spago.
Singer Debby Boone provided the entertainment while Dr. Michael Beckwith and Rabbi David Baron delivered stirring invocations before it was time for Beverly Hills-philanthropist and entrepreneur Donald Sterling to do the honors of presenting the grants to the representatives of 30 charities and eight high schools.
These included included 100 Black Men (Donald Lancaster); A Place Called Home (John Zeichner); American Red Cross (Steve Allen); Asthma & Allergy Foundation (Jon Schnitzer); Beit T’Shuvah (Rabbi Mark Borovitz); Black Business Association (Skip Cooper); Catholic Education Foundation (Tom Barron); Cedars-Sinai Heart Foundation (Marc Litman); Jeffrey Foundation (Alyce Morris Winston); Jewish Vocational Services (Vivian Segal); Junior Blind of America (Miki Jordan); Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Richard D. Cordoba); Los Angeles Clippers Foundation (Andy Roeser); Los Angeles Jewish Home of Aging (Molly Forest); and Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust (Randy Schoenberg) Museum of Tolerance (Rabbi Marvin Hier); Nuevo Amanacer Latino (Norma Duque-Acosta); Para Los Ninos (Gisselle Acevedo); Pepperdine University (Ron Phillips); Salvation Army (Mike Dickinson); Special Olympics (Bill Shumard); Step Up on Second Tod Lipka); Sterling Foundation (Shelly Sterling); UCLA Children’s Hospital (Kathleen Sakamoto, M.D.); UCLA Medical Kidney Disease (Ira Kurtz, M.D.);Union Rescue Mission (Rev. Andy Bales); United Negro College Fund (Curtis Silvers); Vista Del Mar (Dr. Elias Lefferman; We Spark Cancer Support (Nancy Allen); and Yeshiva Gedolah (Stanley Diller).
In addition, eight high schools received scholarship grants including Belmont, Franklin, Fremont, Garfild, Hamilton, Lincoln, Manual Arts and Wilson.
Mayor Jimmy Delshad was on hand to present Sterling, the foundation’s chairman, with a proclamation on behalf of the City.
Besides the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation, also contributing to the grants was the Los Angeles Clippers Charitable Foundation.