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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.

Mr. Ahmanson is a second generation honoree. His father, Robert Ahmanson, was recognized at the 2004 Cardinal’s Awards Dinner. Following in his footsteps, Bill is President of the Ahmanson Foundation. He and his wife Karla, are parents of three children and members of Christ the King parish. Bill is past chairman of the Cardinal’s Awards Committee, Master of Ceremonies for this event, and a major supporter of Catholic education, the arts, music and health within the Los Angeles area.

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Rick Caruso is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso Affiliated, one of the largest, privately held real estate companies in the United States. Mr. Caruso has been widely recognized for his business innovations and for his charitable contributions to children in need of education and healthcare, and to the greater Los Angeles community. Rick serves on a number of boards, including his alma mater, USC, Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles Police and Coliseum Commissions. He and his wife Tina are parents of four children and members of St. Monica parish in Santa Monica.

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Letty Ibarra is the consummate Catholic volunteer and organizer. She and her husband, Arturo, reside in Pasadena and are parents of three grown children and grandparents of two. Letty on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders – Los Angeles Chapter. She is also a board member of the Queen of Angels Foundation. Together with her husband, Mrs. Ibarra also runs their own non-profit organization “Los Niños Foundation”, which has raised funds for the construction and management of a rehabilitation home for teenagers in Mexico as well as similar charities in the former Yugoslavia.

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Like so many of the past recipients of the Cardinal’s Awards, Gretchen represents the pay-it-forward theme to perfection. Gretchen was instrumental in the fundraising for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and most recently for her parish, St. Monica in Santa Monica. Her ability to put people of like-minds together and help create friendships all while doing amazing work for the Church, St. John’s Health Center, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart, her parish, St. Monica and a vast number of organizations is a wonderful gift to the local Church. Gretchen and Bruce have six children and nine grandchildren.

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Nick and his wife Patty former residents of reside in Montecito, Santa Barbara and are parents of four daughters and nine grandchildren. Nick is from a pioneer Southern California business family and maintains a “hands-on” philosophy. He is an entrepreneur and leader within the warehouse and transportation industries. A devout Catholic and member of Mt. Carmel Parish in Montecito, Nick and Patty are involved in Catholic education, the arts, historical society and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

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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