Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Honors NCIS' Mark Harmon and First American Financial Chairman Parker S. Kennedy

Oct 25, 2010, 12:00 ET from Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Harmon, actor, producer and star of CBS' NCIS will receive the John Wooden Sportsman Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – an organization that honors Marines by providing higher education opportunities to their children - at its 28th Annual West Coast Marine Ball at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Dana Point, CA, on Saturday, October 30, 2010.

Parker S. Kennedy, Executive Chairman of First Financial Corporation and Corelogic, Inc. will receive the 2010 Semper Fidelis Award at the event. A pillar of the Southern California business community, the Semper Fidelis Award honors Kennedy's lifetime of community and philanthropic leadership. In 2003, Forbes Magazine recognized Kennedy as one of America's top chief executives.

Gary Beban, a Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Board Director, 1967 Heisman Trophy Winner, and the 2007 recipient of the Wooden Award says, "Being honored by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation humbles you.  Legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden achieved greatness through teaching beliefs and philosophies that parallel those of the Marine Corps.  Mark Harmon truly embodies the building blocks and virtues of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. As such, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is proud to recognize him with this award, as well as Parker Kennedy with the Semper Fidelis Award."

Ambassador George L. Argyros, Chairman & CEO of Arnel & Affiliates and a past Semper Fidelis honoree, once again serves as the event's Honorary Dinner Chairman while Michael K. Hayde, CEO of Western National Group, and Herbert W. Kalmbach, Esq. serve as the Dinner Chairmen.  Michael Hayde received the 2009 Semper Fidelis Award while Herbert Kalmbach received the Foundation's 2009 Globe & Anchor Award.

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SOURCE Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation