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The 8th Annual Celebration of Life Awards
June 5, 2009

Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project’s annual awards gala serves to honor individuals who have showed significant service and dedication to WRHAP’s mission and community at the Christopher Wahl Youth Center. With the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor, Southern California Edison, the Celebration of Life Awards, will acknowledge our 2009 Honorees, Whittier Area Community Church, the Liberty Hill Foundation, and Danielle Drake, the recipient of our Christopher Wahl Youth Center Scholarship.

Founder's Award
The recipient of the Founder’s Award was the Whittier Area Community Church.  The Founder’s Award is given to organizations and individuals who have shown leadership and a can-do spirit in advancing the wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS.  The Whittier Area Community Church has actively taken part in helping WRHAP's mission through the generous donations of food pantry items, hygenie kits and educational support for WRHAPS HIV/AIDS infected clients while continuously donating time and support to the daily operations of WRHAP.
Community Partnership Award
The recipient of The Community Partnership Award was the Liberty Hill Foundation.  The Community Partnership Award is given to organizations that have a strong community partnership with WRHAP.  The Liberty Hill Foundation believes in change, not charity and has been a lead supporter in changing the lives of many infected with HIV/AIDS and leading the way to help in the prevention of new HIV/AIDS infections.
Christopher Wahl Youth Scholarship
Each year through the generous donation of Drs. Steven and Mary Sherman, the Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project presents the Christopher Wahl Scholarship Award to an individual who has shown a great determination to gain a high school education and continue the pursuit of higher education although many obstacles have stood in their path throughout the years. This year's receipent of the Christopher Wahl Scholarship Award was Frontier High School student Danielle Drake.
Special Recognition
A special recognition was given to WRHAP's own gay men's group, The Phoenix Project for their ongoing support of the agency. Through their dedication, the Phoenix Men have not only raised funds to help support the organization, but have also raised the awareness of HIV/AIDS to thousands of gay men throughout Los Angeles County.
2009 Celebration of Life Sponsors
Gold Level Sponsorships - $5,000 and above
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Southern California Edison
Supervisor Don Knabe
Don Knabe
Silver Level Sponsorships - $2,500
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Friends of WRHAP - Up To $2,499
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo
Whittier Area Community Church

2009 Silent Auction Donors
Aquarium of the Pacific Basix Cafe California Grill
Camp Palm Springs Casino Dock Café Cerritos Center for Performing Arts
Children's Discovery Museum Dal Rae Disneyland & California Adventure
El Conquistador Festival of Arts - Laguna Beach Five Star Theaters
Flightdeck Green Street Harrah's Entertainment
Harrah's Laughlin Hornblower Cruises & Events Huntington Library
Laemmle Theatres Long Beach Armada Long Beach Museum of Art
Los Angeles Philharmonic Magicopolis Maker's Mark
Ms. Bernadette Ramirez Muchas Gracias Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Musical Theatre West Pala Casino Resort & Spa Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Pasadena Museum of History Pasadena Playhouse Planes of Fame Air Museum
Quality Food & Beverage Radisson Hotel Red, White & Bluezz
Richard Nixon Library Riviera Hotel & Casino San Antonio Winery
San Diego Harbor Excursion San Diego Maritime Museum San Diego Zoo
Sephora Steve's Steak House Bar & Grill The Casitas of Arroyo Grande
The Huntington Library The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens The Paley Center for Media
Universal Studios Hollywood Warehouse Restaurant YMCA of Greater Whittier

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