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ILCSC 43 Years of Independence - Awards Dinner a Big Success

Outline: Supporters joined in the celebration at Encino Banquet and Garden in Tarzana, to share in the presentations of this year’s ILCSC Awards. The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Gabriela Milian, Community Journalist for ABC Channel 7. It was a memorable night for all, as they celebrated the tens of thousands of persons with disabilities who have gained independence through the services provided by the ILCSC.

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On the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2019, the Board of Directors, staff, clients and supporters of the Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC) gathered to participate in the ILCSC 43rd Anniversary Awards Dinner Celebration, "Join Us On The Path To... INDEPENDENCE!"

The ILCSC was established in 1976, and serves a large geographic area: Glendale; Burbank; the San Fernando Valley; and Northern Los Angeles County, including Lancaster, Palmdale, and the Antelope Valley. Any Person with a Disability, Older Adult, or Veteran, who may benefit from ILCSC services or programs, is eligible regardless of type of disability, race, creed, nationality, age or ability to pay.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Gabriela Milian, Community Journalist for ABC Channel 7. Gabriela did a wonderful job as MC for the night.

(Pictured) Lieutenant Irwin Rosenberg, LAPD, presenting Gabriela Milian, ABC7, with an award for her great job as Master of Ceremonies!
(Pictured) Lieutenant Irwin Rosenberg, LAPD, presenting Gabriela Milian, ABC7, with an award for her great job as Master of Ceremonies!

Supporters from all over Southern California joined in the celebration at the beautiful Encino Banquet and Garden in Tarzana, to share in the presentations of this year’s ILCSC Awards. There was also a Silent Auction, with many wonderful items donated to benefit the ILCSC and its work.

The Honorable Greig Smith, former Los Angeles City Councilman, was the recipient of the Anne V. Finn Award, "Presented to an individual who has devoted a significant amount of their life to improving the community for persons with disabilities." The Honorable John Lee, City Councilman District 12; Lieutenant Irwin Rosenberg, of the LAPD; and John Vescovo, Executive Vice President of Bank of Santa Clarita, presented Greig with this special award. His work to benefit persons with disabilities has included rebuilding the closed Northridge pool, with accessible features; building a medical facility for persons with mental illness and numerous other projects that benefit everyone in the community.

(Pictured) The Honorable Greig Smith and wife, accepting the Anne V. Finn award from (left to right) John Vescovo, Executive Vice President, Bank of Santa Clarita; John Lee, L.A. City Councilman (District 12); and Lieutenant Irwin Rosenberg, LAPD.
(Pictured) The Honorable Greig Smith and wife, accepting the Anne V. Finn award from (left to right) John Vescovo, Executive Vice President, Bank of Santa Clarita; John Lee, L.A. City Councilman (District 12); and Lieutenant Irwin Rosenberg, LAPD.

Dr. Robert Tomaszewski, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Center, was the recipient of the Norma Jean Vescovo Award, "Presented to a true trailblazer, an individual with dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life of Persons with Disabilities." Dr. Tomaszewski was honored for his 10-years of research at the ILCSC and groundbreaking study, "Outcomes of Psychosocial Day Treatment with Long-term Brain Injury Survivors," which was recognized by California State University Northridge (CSUN) and the California State Department of Rehabilitation.

(Pictured) Dr. Robert Tomaszewski, Ph.D., accepting the award from Norma Jean Vescovo, former ILCSC Executive Director (40 years) and current Board Member.
(Pictured) Dr. Robert Tomaszewski, Ph.D., accepting the award from Norma Jean Vescovo, former ILCSC Executive Director (40 years) and current Board Member.

The ILCSC Founders Award was presented to Ruth Schwartz, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shelter Partnership. John Vescovo honored Dale Thalley, the outgoing ILCSC Board President for his dedication as both Board President and a member of the Board for over 30 years.

(Pictured) Dale Thalley, ILCSC Board President accepts award from John Vescovo, ILCSC Board Vice President.
(Pictured) Dale Thalley, ILCSC Board President accepts award from John Vescovo, ILCSC Board Vice President.

It was a memorable night for all, as they celebrated the tens of thousands of persons with disabilities who have gained independence through the services provided by the ILCSC. The ILCSC has been providing vital services to Persons with all Disabilities in the Glendale, Burbank, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Northern Los Angeles, Lancaster and Palmdale since 1976.

For more information on ILCSC services, call (818) 785-6934, email ilcsc@ilcsc.org or visit the website: http://www.ilcsc.org

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