LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will honor outstanding members of the Los Angeles community at its annual Big Bash gala, October 23, 2015, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. The evening celebrates the organization's 60th anniversary. Awards recognize individuals who are inspiring and positive role models to our youth. Suzanne de Passe, Co-Chair of de Passe Jones Entertainment, will be honored with the 2015 Sherry Lansing Award and William R. Davis will receive the 2015 Trailblazer Award. The 2015 Pioneer Award will be presented posthumously to author Jackie Collins by comedienne Kathy Griffin. Previous awardees William H. Ahmanson, Megan Colligan, Ann Daly, Roy P. Disney, Mark Goldston, Nancy Josephson, Sue Kroll, Sherry Lansing, John Lasseter, Jennifer Salke, Anne Sweeney and Ronald Tutor serve as Honorary Gala Chairs.
"This is a very special year for us," said Tiffany Siart, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBBSLA. "As we celebrate 60 years of supporting children facing adversity in the greater Los Angeles area, we will use this evening to not only recognize three individuals who have been instrumental in empowering our youth to achieve their dreams, but salute all those who have come before them. Leaders in the community, champions and mentors for some of our most vulnerable youth…these men and women have truly contributed to our future generations of leaders and we are forever grateful."
In Los Angeles County, one in five children is living below the federal poverty line and one in three children is living in a single-parent household. These children are faced with overwhelming challenges that often derail their futures. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF GREATER LOS ANGELES changes children's lives (our Littles) for the better, forever, through professionally supported one-on-one mentoring relationships. Mentorship by caring adults (our Bigs) has proven effective in significantly increasing academic performance and self-esteem while decreasing risky behaviors. Founded by Walt Disney and Meredith Willson in 1955, they are a leading non-profit in the Los Angeles community. To learn more, visit www.BBBSLA.org, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bbbsla, Facebook at www.facebook.com/bbbsla and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bbbsla.
SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles