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In-depth bios on each of the 2017 Honorees will be available early, 2017 and in the Tribute Book at the Awards Dinner on March 11, 2017.

Bill’s life trajectory from Harvard School (now known as Harvard-Westlake) to Occidental College to banking to heading up the The Ahmanson Foundation seems a natural path for a scion of one of Los Angeles’ most philanthropic families. But if you follow his path, it is actually one that may have some surprises.

During breaks and vacations from Harvard School he worked at a Hungarian independent auto shop cleaning bathrooms, car parts and learning basic auto repair.

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Rick Caruso is nationally recognized for reimagining the way people live, work and shop through his many successful, properties such as The Grove and The Americana at Brand. His real estate development business, Caruso, spans retail, residential and hospitality –The Wall Street Journal refers to Rick asa “retail mastermind.”

What stands out about Caruso is his profound commitment to Los Angeles, the city he has lived his entire life, and his passion for enhancing his community through his roles as a businessman, public servant and philanthropist.

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Patrick Hickey has a rich and loyal history of participation in the Bachelors, the Cardinal’s Awards Committee—where he served on most all of the committees. He is a Knight of Malta and St. Gregory. He is graduate of the University of California at Berkley and Loyola High School, which he continues to support with his time and treasure. He is a Eucharistic minister at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Good Shepherd; a fact he refers to as “dual citizenship.” He is kind, amazingly thoughtful, organized, and perhaps has the best Catholic school penmanship of anyone in this ballroom…..He is the youngest in the Hickey family of five and a beautiful faith-filled Catholic of the finest character.

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The first thing you notice about Letty Ibarra is the influence her parents had on her work ethic and love of the Church. “I am so proud,” explained Letty, whose father came to this country from Mexico during World War II as part of the Bracero* worker program. Her father, Juan Lopez, worked on the Santa Fe Railroad, making sure the trains were ready for soldiers and passengers. “My father taught me the importance of a strong work ethic,” said Letty. “My mother, Margarita, was also active. She was always working either at home with her six children, at Church with the

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When you meet Nick Weber, your first impression is that he is old school in the best of ways. Little would you know that old school really means that he was enrolled in 14 different schools by the time he turned 18. “I was a bit of a renegade,” he admits with a laugh. “Some schools took me back twice such as Good Shepherd, Notre Dame and Villanova Prep.”

The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the reasons that Nick, a Los Angeles native from Hancock Park, ended up also going to school in Niagara Falls, NY.

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“My first reaction to receiving the Cardinal’s Award? Oh my goodness, I must be old!” laughed Gretchen Willison as she described her surprise on being a recipient. “Honestly, I am honored to have been considered and only wish if it had been possible, that the award was given to my husband Bruce and me.” And that is what drives Gretchen—family first.

A mother of six and grandmother to nine, Gretchen comes from a family of builders–Illig Construction and Architectural Woodworking founded by her ancestors decades ago.

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2016 Honorees

2015 Honorees

2014 Honorees

2013 Honorees

2012 Honorees

2011 Honorees

2010 Honorees

2009 Honorees

Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead
Christopher Alders
Leo Lagasse, M.D.
Virginia Schneider
Vin Scully

2008 Honorees

H. Richard Closson †
Antoinette Hodgkiss
Dorothy King
Gary Krauss
Reverend Robert B. Lawton, S.J.

2007 Honorees

Fe Israel Benito
Richard C. Dunn †
Anita Finie
Philip M. Hawley
Dr. Steven B. Sample †

2006 Honorees

Deacon Hosea Alexander
Mary Pat Cooper
Fran Curry †
Dr. Clyde V. Von der Ahe †
William M. Wardlaw

2005 Honorees

David Frelinger, M.D. †
June Gleason
Stanley Hayden †
Joan Payden
Reverend Monsignor John Sheridan †

2004 Honorees

Robert H. Ahmanson †
Kathleen Leavey McCarthy
Sister Cecilia Louise Moore, C. S. J. †
John O’Keefe
Edward Rose

2003 Honorees

William M. Close
Richard A. Grant, Jr.
Barbara Hudson
Mary Ann McEveety
Reynaldo Rojo
John F. Watkins

2002 Honorees

Vivian Burgess
Edward Illig
Thomas Laubacher, Sr. †
Sister Mary Jean Meier, R.S.M. †
Hilmar Rosenast

2001 Honorees

Joseph Campanella
Iva May Carrico †
Brother Patrick Corr, O.H.
Robert F. Erburu †
Margaret Jagels †

2000 Honorees

Deacon Frank Dieter †
Mary Dohn †
Stafford Grady †
Edith Piczek
Isabel Piczek †

1999 Honorees

Stan Chambers †
William H. Edwards †
Irene R. Elshoff
Norma L. Gonzales
William S. Mortensen

1998 Honorees

Albert J. Centofante †
Veronica H. Dysart
Marie C. Poyer †
Robert A. Smith, III
Lew R. Wasserman †

1997 Honorees

Sister Eileen Doherty, I.H.M. †
Sister Edna Doherty, I.H.M. †
Sister Michael Doherty, I.H.M. †
Helen M. Guho
William C. Rivera
Paul F. Salamunovich †
Most Reverend John J. Ward, D.D. †

1996 Honorees

Robert T. Campion †
Frances S. Morehart
Josephine Wayne Nigg †
John F. Shea
Roger M. Sullivan

1995 Honorees

Stephen D. Gavin †
Gloria N. Griffin
Ivan Houston
William T. Huston †
Gertrude M. Roberts †

1994 Honorees

William H. Hannon †
Justice Mildred L. Lillie †
Kenneth O. Olsen
Grace M. Rinaldi

1993 Honorees

Alphonse J. Antczak*
Charles F. Bannan*
Rev. Newman C. Eberhardt, C. M. †
Peggy J. Ferry †
Anne D. Kenney †

1992 Honorees

Dolores D. Hope †
Gerald J. Lynch †
Margaret E. Rendler †
Wilfred L. Von der Ahe †

1991 Honorees

Thomas P. Pike †
Robert A. Smith, Jr. †
Helen H. Walsh †

1990 Honorees

Sir Daniel J. Donohue †
Marian Hancock †
William R. Hayden †
Dorothy Leavey †
Cyril C. Nigg †

† Deceased