Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling’s generous spirit once again came forth as he held his annual Sterling Foundation Awards Scholarships And Grants luncheon at Spago’s restaurant in Beverly Hills. This year The Foundation under the guideship of Mr. Sterling and his wife Shelly, bestowed more than $5 million in grants and scholarships to 30 charities and eight high schools. After Rabbi David Baron andMichael Beckwith delivered spirit-filled invocations, the packed room of supporters, recipients and guests sat down to enjoy a fabulous lunch. A special addition to the afternoon event was international singer Debbie Boone, who delighted the guests with her beautiful singing voice. Among the charities and high schools who received scholarships and awards were these: 100 Black Men (Mr. 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); the Jewish Vocational Services (Vivian Segal); the Junior Blind of America (Miki Jordan); Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Richard D. Cordoba); Los Angeles Clippers Foundation (Andy Roeser); the 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 D u q u e- Acosta); Para Los Ninos (G i s s e l l e A c e v e d o ); Pepperdine University (Ron Ph i l l i p s ); Salvation Arm (Mike Dickinson); Special Olympics (Bill Shumard); Step Up on Second Tod Lipka); Sterling Foundation (Shelly S t e r l i n g ); 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). Eight high schools received scholarship grants and included: Belmont, Franklin, Fremont, Garfield, Hamilton, Lincoln, Manual Arts and Wilson. Special guest Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad was on hand and delighted the crowd with humor and presented to Mr. Sterling a proclamation on behalf of the City of Beverly Hills.
By: Jack Gipson