Los Angeles Leadership Awards 2008

Los Angeles Leadership Awards 2008

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All of the afternoon’s honorees; Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen, Sid Sheinberg, Gus Van Sant, and Dustin Lance Black.
(Photo by Brian To)

“A fine time was had by all” could have been the motto of the 2008 Los Angeles Leadership Awards. Friends and supporters of the Task Force gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel on September 21 to honor Sid Sheinberg for his life’s work in civil rights and Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks and Gus Van Sant, the creative team behind MILK, a feature film about the life of Harvey Milk. Among the highlights of the afternoon where a tribute video to Sheinberg, featuring David Geffen and other Hollywood luminaries and a clip from MILK that ended with a standing ovation and many tears. The over 350 guests also had an opportunity to hear about the Task Force’s work on No On 8 and, with the help of Candy Cox, a past board member of the Task Force and now a full-time volunteer on No On 8, raise much needed funds to continue the fight.

Our thanks to an event committee keenly focused on raising money for the work of the Task Force and its co-chairs, board member Andrew Ogilvie and Kevin Bannerman. The other members of the committee were: Paige Bernhardt, Alan Bernstein, Ron Buckmire, David A. Clark, Alex Collett, Cary Davidson, Danny Gibson, Vincent Jones, Fred Karger, Harlan Levinson, Burt Levitch, Carlos Medina, and Vince Wong.

Special thanks also go to all our sponsors, including our generous Platinum sponsors United Teachers of Los Angeles, Universal Pictures, Wasserman Foundation, William Morris Agency, and Peg Yorkin.

Gold sponsors included AT&T, City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez & International Court System of the United States/Canada/Mexico, Andrew Ogilvie & Cary Davidson, Loren Ostrow & Brian Newkirk, Sid & Lorraine Sheinberg, Taylor Asset Management, Time Warner Cable, and Washington Mutual. Our Silver Sponsors included Alan J. Bernstein & Family, Craig Hoffman & Albert Lauber, Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal, Proskauer Rose LLP, Mark M. Sexton & W. Kirk Wallace, and Curt Shepard & Alan Hergott. Bronze Sponsors were Bank of the West, Suzanne Goldstein & Dana Greenwald, Brian A. Johnson, Stuart Leviton & Herb Schultz, and Felisa Vanoff.

Thanks to all of our generous supporters and honorees for making this event such a huge success!