New Heroes Celebration
New Heroes Celebration
November 5th, 2019
Doors Open: 4:30pm
Program: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Reception: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Saint Monica Catholic Community Grand Pavilion
725 California Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Each year, Inspirational Heroes are honored with an award recognizing their contributions to the community and serving as an inspiration for those newest heroes to follow. This year at the award program, we honor the Santa Monica Education Foundation as our Educational Hero. Join the community, business, and City leaders to acknowledge our firefighters, police officers, and educators, and showcase your business or service.
"I wanted to thank you for including us at your recent 'Heroes Event' and allowing ECPC to have a booth there. I met some wonderful people and it was good exposure for our Early Childhood Parenting Center."- Leslie Silverstein, Program Manager, Early Childhood Parenting Center
2019 Inspirational Hero Award Winners:
Inspirational Hero in the Santa Monica Police Department, Officer Noell Grant has been a Santa Monica Police Officer for approximately 12 years and for the past 5 years she has been assigned to the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL). As a PAL Officer, Officer Grant is committed to ensuring that the P for “Police” in PAL is strongly represented. She sets the tone for PAL’s mission in fostering bonds between the youth and the men and women of the Santa Monica Police Department. Officer Grant is heavily involved in the programming component at PAL. Although she primarily leads youth programs focused on law enforcement, she works with the PAL Administration to create and implement a variety of youth programs centered on education, leadership and fitness. Recently, Officer Grant created and developed a self-defense class titled “Girls on Guard” to empower girls and their mothers. The “Girls on Guard” class incorporates mother and daughter bonding, as well as the importance of women learning to protect themselves in the face of danger.
Our Young Inspiration Hero, Cali O’Donovan is an 8th grade student at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and attended Grant Elementary School. She helped create an awareness campaign at her school about the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and led a student protest that drew attention to the climate crisis. She also helped petition Crossroads to reduce its carbon footprint by having a “Meatless Monday” program for school lunches.
Our Inspirational Hero in the Santa Monica Fire Department, Jeffrey Adams, battled many fires this year including California’s largest , the Thomas Fire.
Our Inspirational Hero in Education, Santa Monica Ed Foundation raises funds to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the Santa Monica schools. The Foundation’s mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all public school students in Santa Monica.
Contributions to the Foundation funds excellent programs at every Santa Monica public school – from arts to STEM to wellness – that shape our future problem solvers, visionaries, and global citizens.
“Welcoming our brand new educators, police and fire fighters is something that no other community does! Our police and firefighters keep us safe! Our teachers watch over our children for 12 years! How often does a community have a chance to say Thank you! These are our silent heroes and they deserve this recognition!”Laurel Rosen, President of the Santa Monica Chamber
Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors