125th Anniversary Gala


Please join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the 125th Anniversary of
Union Rescue Mission

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Liz Mooradian, Spirit of Union Rescue Mission Award
David Dow, Architect of Hope Award
Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners, Lyman Stewart Founders Award

with your Host Alfonso Ribeiro

& Entertainment by Shalyah Fearing of The Voice

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
Business Attire
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Union Rescue Mission Honorees

Scott Minerd
Chairman of Guggenheim Investments and Global Chief Investment Officer
Lyman Stewart Founder Award
As Chairman of Guggenheim Investments and Global Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Minerd guides the Firm’s investment strategies and leads its research on global macroeconomics. Prior to joining Guggenheim Partners, Mr. Minerd was a managing director at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.

He is involved in leadership roles at a number of civically-minded organizations, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Geffen Playhouse. Mr. Minerd’s long time generous support has been crucial to URM’s success.

Liz Mooradian
Spirit of Union Rescue Mission Award
Liz joined the URM staff in January 1992 and served as the Director of Communications and Public Relations. Liz had the opportunity to raise a family as a first career and move into serving those who are less fortunate as a second career. She worked in the International Office of World Vision before transitioning to URM.

In addition to enjoying an active ministry with URM, Liz has been blessed with many years of service to her church, community, and local schools. Among her many accomplishments at URM, Liz is most proud of her efforts in gathering and saving the historic archives and then building the Mission’s History Library. She believes her personal duty during her tenure at URM was to find and save the history.

David Dow
Architect of Hope Award
Named Chairman of the Board in January 2004, David Dow has been a member of Union Rescue Mission’s (URM) Board of Directors since 1999. Originally introduced to URM as a reporter on assignment, David brings a unique perspective to the board as a 38-year veteran of print and broadcast journalism.

A witness to many landmark events, David has developed a deep sensitivity for human distress. He joined CBS News as a correspondent in1972, covering stories in more than two dozen countries on three continents.

David is a graduate of Stanford University, an elder of Bel Air Presbyterian Church, father, and husband to Dr. Nancy Edwards.

Union Rescue Mission Honorees And Other Community Honorees


Alfonso Ribeiro
As the new host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, actor, TV director, award-winning dancer, and Broadway star, Alfonso Ribeiro has spent more than 30 years leaving his unique mark on the worlds of television, theater and beyond.

Ribeiro began his career as a child actor, most notably on Broadway, playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical The Tap Dance Kid. After earning a Theater Arts education from Cal State University, he was given the opportunity to choose a role on the established sitcom A Different World or a new pilot called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Showing an adventurous streak, he chose the latter and created the memorable character of “Carlton Banks” opposite another teen idol, Will Smith, for six seasons.

Having grown up in front of the camera, Alfonso knew that opportunities existed behind the scenes, too. His impressive resume as a TV director includes popular programs like In The House, Shake It Up, Are We There Yet?, The Wannabes, Meet The Browns, Cuts, Eve, One on One and All of Us. Alfonso enjoys non-competitive racecar driving, playing competitive golf, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Shalyah Fearing 
Shalyah Fearing first entered the music industry when she auditioned for Season 10
of The Voice and lasted through the top 8 of the semi finals. Prior to The Voice, Shalyah
won a host of talent shows, her first being the Tarpon Springs Idol competition in
Florida. Shalyah is ecstatic about lending her gift to benefit a useful cause, especially
one that hits as close to home as this one.

2015 proved to be a challenging year for her family as they lost their home to foreclosure. During that time her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her dad lost his job. If it were not for local churches and programs like those offered by Union Rescue Mission, Shalyah is not sure she and her family would have survived.


Honorary Dinner Committee

Bishop Charles E. and Lady Mae Blake
Nancy Dow
Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez
Steve and Sue Silk
Tim and Lisa Sloan
Scott and Obaida Watt
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey

Board Of Directors

David Dow, Board Chair
Kevin Dretzka, Secretary & Development
Caryn Ryan, Audit & Finance
Tim Yee, Programs

John Campa
Robert Eitel
Jeff Hudson
W. Cedric Johnson
Cary Mitchell
Richard Newcomb
J. Scott Watt
Lisa Sloan
Edward Smith

Senior Leadership Team

Andy Bales
Chief Executive Officer

Dan Roleder
Chief Financial Officer

Steve Borja
Executive Vice President of Programs & Operations

Lucy Rivas
Vice President of Human Resources

Kitty Davis Walker
Vice President of Public Relations

One thought on “125th Anniversary Gala

  1. Judi Leonard on

    Sorry I won’t be able to attend the 125 Anniversary. I will make a donation. Thank You. Judi Leonard

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