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Champions for Justice Awards Dinner

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Janet Green, President of the Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. announced the names of recipients of the organization’s Champions for Justice Awards. When making the announcement Green stated “These individuals have been selected after careful consideration. Their service reflects the leadership we need to fight discrimination and make a difference for those who need our assistance.”

This year’s awards dinner will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at The Riverside Convention Center, reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for this event will cost $65.00.

The 2010 Champions for Justice are:

Earl Grief – Holocaust survivor Earl Grief has spent his retirement working to create open-mindedness and tolerance in his desert community. He raised over $500,000 to construct a Holocaust memorial in Palm Springs and has helped found the Tolerance Education Center.

John Smith – Riverside Community College head basketball coach, John Smith, has begun his sixth year as the college’s head coach. In 2009, Coach Smith led the Tigers to the state championship for the first time in 43 years. The team’s success is grounded in Coach Smith’s willingness and ability to work with Orion Palmer, a talented, deaf basketball player who helped the team earn its championship.

Suzanne Singer – Rabbi Suzanne Singer serves as Rabbi and educator at Temple Beth El in Riverside, CA. She is actively engaged in social justice issues, serving as a member of Inland Congregations United for Change and as a commissioner for the City of Riverside’s Human Relations Commission.

Mark Rubin – Los Angeles based developer, Mark Rubin, is presently developing quality, low-income housing in Riverside, CA. He has also made significant contributions to the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, providing relief for low-income families.

Marion Johnson – Marion Johnson has spent her life empowering women and young people to better their lives.

Nearly 40 years ago, she cofounded the Anthropol Women’s club, which continues to provide moral and financial support to young people furthering their education. She also co-founded the San Gorgonio Childcare Consortium where she currently serves as president. Joanna Hayes – John W. North High School alum and Olympic gold-medalist Joanna Hayes has created the Joanna Hayes Foundation to help young girls overcome personal challenges.

Working with the Community Foundation, a local non-profit, the foundation will help 30 applicants grow in mind, body and spirit.

Once again, Fair Housing Council is honoring youth through their “Champions on The Rise” award. The recipients are:

Orion Palmer – Orion Palmer is a disabled Basketball player for Riverside Community College. Despite being deaf, Orion excelled in his sport and helped lead the Tigers to their first championship in 43 years. Montana Brown – Montana is a student at North Ridge Elementary School. She regularly volunteers and participates in numerous charitable fund-raisers.

She raised $250 in the Race for a Cure, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk and $144 for Loma Linda’s pediatric cancer research under “Coins for a cure.”

Lazaro Cadenas – Lazaro is student body president at John W. North High school and serves on a student advisory committee for Riverside Unified School District. He helped organize a walkathon in honor of Martin Luther King Day and attends national training conferences that encourage anti-bullying and antiharassment efforts.

For the past 24 years the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County has been providing services to fight housing discrimination and prevent foreclosures throughout Riverside County.

To make reservations please call 951.682.6581.

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