On September 24, 2015, Courage Campaign hosted the Fifth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards at Los Angeles Union Station. As the sun set over downtown, hundreds of guests packed the historic ticket concourse to honor three courageous leaders in the fight for a more progressive California and country. See PHOTOS from the night here!
As community activists, civil rights lawyers, and co-founders of the Advancement Project, Molly Munger and Steve English have fought tirelessly for voting rights, racial justice, access to legal services, early childhood education, and a more inclusive democracy, in California and nationwide. Connie Rice, co-founder of the Advancement Project, presented the awards.
As Head Coach and General Manager of the LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena led the team to three MLS championships in the four years and was recently awarded the U.S. Soccer Federation's highest honor for his selfless work to advance the sport. We honored Bruce for his actions as the first coach in any U.S. major league men's sport to hire an openly gay athlete, Robbie Rogers, in 2013. Rogers presented the award to his coach.
The emcee for the night was Mario Solis-Marich, broadcaster and pioneer in American Latino media.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Tom & Janet Unterman, Glen Dake and Brian Wilson & Renee Dake Wilson, Molly Munger & Steve English, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Nancy Stephens and Jamie Wolf, Sony Pictures Entertainment, United Domestic Workers of America, National Union of Healthcare Workers, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, John & Louise Bryson, US Soccer, Muriel Pollia Foundation, Weston Milliken, Lindsay & Karen Gardner, Paul Song & Lisa Ling, UNITE HERE Local 11, Jan Adams & John Lyons, AEG Sports, ACLU of California, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation, Mike Stoller & Corky Hale Stoller, Streisand Foundation, Peg Yorkin, Pafco and Jihee Kim Huh & Peter Yun Huh, Cathy & Len Unger, Major League Soccer, You Can Play Project, Paula & Barry Litt, Jennifer & Royce Diener, Cornell University, David Bohnett Foundation, Martha Tolles, Advancement Project, Nick English, California School Employees Association, Tom & Brenda Freiberg, Southern California Public Radio, Drug Policy Alliance, Irene Romero, George Kieffer, Steve Rappaport, Tom Lockard, Educate Our State, Liz Hirsch, FOX Sports, Time Warner Cable Sports, and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety.