The Spirit of Courage Award is presented each fall to someone who exemplifies Courage in the fight for a more fair and just society. The 2013 Spirit of Courage Awards event took place on Thursday, September 26 at the Page Museum in Los Angeles and was hosted by new Courage Campaign Executive Chair, Dr. Paul Song.
The Spirit of Courage Award was presented to Jamie Alter Lynton, founder of LA School Report, who has shown the courage of her convictions in her long-standing work on behald of progressive causes and organizations to make our city, state and nation more fair and just.
Moreover, the Spirit of Courage Award was also given to the named plaintiffs in the historic Prop 8 Trial. Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo sacrificed their privacy and permitted an extradinary level of public scrutiny as they stood up for their rights during the four-year trial that started here in California and went all the way to the US Supreme Court. The ruling brought equality of opportunity in marriage again back to the Golden State and set an example for the rest of the country.
The award was presented to Jamie Alter Lynton by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the award for the plaintiffs was presented by Emmy-award winning actor Dan Bucatinsky.
In 2011, during a reception at the LA County Museum of Natural History, Rick Jacobs presented the first Spirit of Courage Award to legendary television producer Marcy Carsey whose groundbreaking work in television brought an expanded vision of diversity and American life to the millions of people who considered her shows "must-see" TV. Her philanthropic work in subsequent years is a testament to her deep concern for others and her desire to create a more just and joyful world.
In the fall of 2012, Courage presented the Spirit of Courage Award to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for her steadfast commitment to equality and her support of homeowner rights, and the Brian and Patrick Burke for their marvelous work in creating the You Can Play Project.
Through You Can Play the Burkes are making professional sports and sports venues safe for LGBT athletes and fans alike.
Join the team and Run With Courage on March 8 (the 5K) or March 9 (the relay and whole marathons) next spring! You'll get in great shape, make new friends, enjoy the city-wide celebration weekend, and help raise crucial funds for Courage Campaign Institute's important public-education work.
We expect to break all our records for the number of runners on Team Courage and for dollars raised. And we need you! There is space for those who would like to run a 5K, for those who would like to run 13.1 miles of the marathon, and for those who would like to go the whole 26.2 miles. We'll be there to see you start, cheer you on along the way, and celebrate with you at the finish!
And we will help you with the fundraising by making it fun and easy with your own personalized web page.
More than seventy runners have joined Team Courage in the past, to support the Courage Campaign Institute, by running the Los Angeles Marathon. The runners were sponsored by their friends, family, and colleagues and raised $70,000 for our public-education work.
So, come on out and join the fun by signing up to Run With Courage in March 2014. We'll give you a great team technical running shirt to train in or to wear on race day.
If you want to receive more information about the race, just send an email to email@example.com.
By the way, we want you on the team even if you don't to live in Los Angeles. Many of the 2012 and 2013 runners traveled from out of state and made a weekend of the trip to Southern California to run the race. We'll have a fun team party on race weekend, and your team mates will love to welcome you to the fabulous world of Southern California.