*(Long Beach, CA) The California Paralyzed Veterans Association (CPVA) will sponsor the First Annual Legacy of Hope Awards Luncheon on Saturday, May 28, 2011 to commemorate Memorial Day.

This event brings together celebrities, politicians, community activists and businesspersons in Long Beach, Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

It will be hosted by Omarosa of Celebrity Apprentice. Attendees will be entertained by soulful R&B Artist Howard Hewett.

Howard Hewett

Confirmed Honorees:
*         Sheriff Lee Baca, Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff Department
*        Cody Unser, daughter of Unser Racing Family, President Cody Unser Foundation
*         Bishop Edward Turner, Power of Love Fellowship, Pastor/Founder
*         Angela Madsen, Row of Life Foundation, CPVA Board Member
*         Dr. Sophia Chun, MD, Chief VA Long Beach Heathcare Systems

Legacy of Hope Honorary Chairs include:
*         Rita Cosby, TV and radio talk show host, TV anchor, best-selling author
*         Dennis Prager, syndicated radio talk show host, columnist and public speaker
*         New York State Senator Eric Adams, former NYPD Captain and three-term senator

In spite of paralysis, disable vet mike De enjoys a round of golf

This awards luncheon will show the proper appreciation to Veterans, families and others who have sacrificed to keep America safe. We will raise awareness and funding for sports programs, equipment, and increased rehabilitation opportunities for those who served us so gallantly, but now battle diseases, depression, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or other severe disabilities as a result of paralysis.

The Legacy of Hope Awards Luncheon:
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:00-3:30
VNC Cocktail Reception*: 12:00 in the WTC Courtyard
Luncheon: 1:00 pm (PST)-3:30 (great food and hosted drinks)
Location: Hilton Long Beach: 701 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831 (562) 983-3400
Tickets: $35 for CALPVA Long Beach members and guests and $60 for other individuals.
*Cocktail Reception: Enjoy mixed drinks from www.VNCcocktails.com Mojitos, Margaritas, Pomegranate Cosmos Martinis and Pacific Breeze pineapple coconut cocktails in a gorgeous outdoor setting during the Cocktail Hour.

About the California Paralyzed Veterans Association (CPVA): The CPVA works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord Injuries. CPVA is also a leading advocate for health care, spinal cord injury research and education, veterans’ benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, promotion of sports programs, and disability rights. As a result of CPVA, the Vets are very active and as such, they swim, lift weights, row, kayak, golf, play basketball, billiards, archery, bowling, flag rugby, football, tennis, table tennis, softball, trap shooting, fishing, track and field, power soccer, volleyball and much more.  For information about the organization, tickets or donations, please contact Art Lyles (562) 826-5713. [email protected] www.calpva.org




Tiffany Bradshaw
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