21st Annual Courageous  Leadership Awards Brunch
On May 3, 2015 WAGV held its 21st Annual Courageous Leadership Awards Brunch. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make our event a success!

Thank you to our honorees California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, former California State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, and Ernestine S. Elster, PhD. Smart Tech Challenges Foundation is encouraging the development of a safe gun that will prevent unintentional child shootings. 

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Reception/Silent Auction

  • WAGV Board Chair Laurie Saffian and Speakers Bureau Member Lorraine Morland

  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl with WAGV Honoree California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and her husband, Ret. Judge George Eskin

  • Musician, producer, and composer Troy Dexter and photographer Dave Adamson with Live Beast Media

  • Champagne reception and Silent Auction

  • Videographer Laura Hartung with WAGV supporter Becky Hartung

  • TALK PSA Participant Henry Cruz and guest

  • WAGV Founder Ann Reiss Lane with Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Retired Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca

  • Students from Otis College of Art and Design with Professor Kim DeMarco

  • Honoree Margot Hirsch representing Smart Tech Challenges Foundation with Aimee Dewing, Advocacy and Political Communications Director at RALLY

  • Luisa and Lavalle Ashley, gun violence prevention activists

  • Julie Landgrave and WAGV Board Member Diana Georger

  • Past WAGV Honorees Aaron and Sari Eshman with friends

  • Past WAGV Board Chair Kate Hennigan Ohanesian, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, and WAGV volunteer Philip Bennett

Brunch/Awards Ceremony

  • Ballroom at The Taglyan Cultural Center

  • Ballroom at The Taglyan Cultural Center

  • Board Members Diana Georger and Josh Stepakoff greeting guests

  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer with Margot Hirsch, Smart Tech Challenges Foundation and Aimee Dewing

  • Past Honorees Craig Darian and Albert Sweet with Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings

  • Ann Reiss Lane with honorees, California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Former California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner

  • Mayra Alcantar shares the story of her brother Julio

  • Margot Hirsch accepting her award from WAGV Board Member Hollye Dexter

  • Board Member Sheila Goldberg announcing WAGV Honoree Ernestine S. Elster, PhD

  • Honoree Ernestine S. Elster, PhD

  • Board Member Sheila Goldberg presenting award to Ernestine S. Elster, PhD

  • WAGV Board Member Donna Finkelstein shares the story of her daughter Mindy, a survivor of gun violence

  • Otis College of Art and Design students and teacher Kim DeMarco