*Accomplished and engaging actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker will host Take Wings Foundation’s (TWF) eighth annual Angel Awards Benefit on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis at 55 Fourth Street.  GRAMMY®-nominated R&B vocalist Kelly Price will provide the evening’s entertainment where TWF will honor Warren J. Strudwick, M.D., M.B.A. and Fitzpatrick Dealership Group president Edward Fitzpatrick for their respective spirited community involvement and philanthropic contributions.

The House of Hennessy is proud to sponsor the Angel Awards Benefit for the fifth year and salutes the 2011 Honorees.  The Angel Awards Benefit is an important and highly anticipated fundraiser supporting the work that Take Wings Foundation does in service of the Bay Area’s teens.  Each year, TWF assembles the most dedicated and talented community members for an event that is not to be missed.  Tickets are $150 each and may be purchased online at www.TakeWings.org.  This year’s sponsors include Wells Fargo, Safeway Foundation, Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, Ross Stores, and KBLX 102.9-FM. The festivities will include a private reception with special tasting of handcrafted Hennessy Privilège cocktails.

Rarely seen without a smile on her face and twinkle in her eye, high-spirited television and movie actress Terri J. Vaughn has a soft spot for teens growing up in distressed areas like her own childhood neighborhood, San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point projects. Fourteen years ago Vaughn founded Take Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization that addresses social and life skills needs of at-risk teens.

TWF founder Terri J. Vaughn

Vaughn’s long-time friends and past co-cast members, husband and wife actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, will host the 2011 Angel Awards Benefit.  Frequently acting co-stars, the inseparable, talented couple founded Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization named in honor of their daughter Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. In January 2009, People Magazine featured Parker to introduce the Foundation.

Multi-talented stage, screen and television actress, and sensational R&B singer, songwriter and producer, Kelly Price, recently dropped her latest album Kelly, which she believes delivers her most honest and transparent work to date.  Leading the album out of the gate is the spirited single Tired, which received a 2011 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category.
2011 Angel Awards Honorees:
“I am excited that the Take Wings Foundation will acknowledge the professional contributions and community involvement of its two extraordinary 2011 Angel Award honorees,” said founder Vaughn.  “Dr. Warren Strudwick, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine practitioner, is president of Sinkler Miller Medical Association and head team physician for the Oakland Raiders.”  She continued, “Ed Fitzpatrick is president of Fitzpatrick Dealership Group— Valley BMW, Valley Lexus in Modesto, and Coliseum Lexus of Oakland.  Ed is a philanthropic contributor to the arts, education and community enhancement, who this year had Warrior Arena at California State University, Stanislaus renamed Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena to recognize their monetary commitment to the school.  Both of our honorees are each remarkable individuals and pillars of our community.”
2011 Honorary Angel Awards Benefit Chairpersons:

Take Wings Foundation, its founder Terri J. Vaughn, and the organization’s Board of Directors are honored to have the support of individuals and corporations who champion the Take Wings Foundation’s mission.  The distinguished 2011 Angel Awards gala honorary chairpersons are Denise Washington LeNoir, M.S.N. (Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in healthcare for adolescents and teens and 2010 TWF Angel Award recipient); Neda Barrie (Senior Executive Vice President of Business Operations for Golden State Warriors); Alvin “Al” Attles (former Golden State Warriors guard and head coach); and Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I. (practicing Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area pediatrician and allergist and CEO of Ethnic Health America Network).