County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will receive the Bremond Bakewell Award for leadership at the 45th Annual Brotherhood Crusade Gala at the Beverly Hilton Friday.
The gala’s theme is “The Gift of Leadership.” Ridley-Thomas was chosen for his more than 20 years’ service as an elected official and for his leadership in addressing the problems of underserved communities in Los Angeles, Charisse Bremond Weaver, the organization’s president and CEO said.
“The country has marveled at his accomplishments as a preeminent civil rights leader and politician in the fight to provide affordable, quality healthcare to underserved individuals,” she said in a press release. “He has also been at the forefront of the battle to open the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.”
Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade is a community organization whose mission is to build and sustain funds and resources to support the African-American community.
Ridley-Thomas was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1991 and in 2002, he was elected to the state Senate where he served two terms. He was elected to this current position on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the Second District in 2008.
The gala starts at 7 p.m. KTLA anchor Chris
Schauble and Pat
Prescott from 94.7 The Wave will emcee the event. Proceeds from the gala will go to Brotherhood Crusade’s
youth development programs.