E&B supports 'Legacy of Love' Event
The Eagle & Badge Foundation has been honored to support the Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation in their efforts to honor Randal Simmons as well as to continue his legacy. We honored his memory July 19th at the Eagle & Badge Foundation (see separate article) and were proud to be in attendance at their first annual Legacy of Love event on December 7th at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes (see photos).
It was a very special evening hosted by the fabulous Pat Harvey from KCAL 9; with entertainment by composer/producer / pianist Earl R. JOhnson Jr., violinist Michael Ward and sax sensation J Boykin. Eagle & Badge boardmembers Peter Repovich and Brian Johnson, director Scherr Lillico, and LAPPL boardmember John Mumma attended the black tie affair which recognized Randy's commitment to the community and it's youth along with the presentation of several awards.
The Legacy of Love recipient for 2008 was Lt. Michael Albanese. - with the LAPD for 37 years, 28 of those year in SWAT, and for the past 8 as OIC. Lt. Albanese continues to support the Simmons family and participates in many events sponsored by the Foundation, dedicated to advance the legacy of his dear friend and fellow warrior.
The Heart of Gold Awards were presented to:
- Dean Pliaconis, founder / president of Plycon Transportation Group, a dedicated community leader and philanthropist, along with serving as Head Coach and President for 12 years of the El Segundo Youth Football and Cheer Inc.
- Barbara Saltzman, an inspirational speaker, journalist, and dynamic grandmother, who brings the inspirational "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" book to thousands of children in schools, hospitals and schools and has arranged for over 60,000 Jester books and 60,000 Jester and Pharley dolls to be donated to hospitalized and special needs children.
- Ralph Mansion - a dedicated father and grandfather, has partnered with Glory Christian Fellowship International for over 11 years, served tirelessly with Randy Simmons at the Sidewalk Sunday School and is currently working with the residents at the Hacienda Village Development site.
- Gayle Gordon is known throughout her community as a youth advocate; and is currently the Student Support Services program Coordinator for the Healthy Start Program at LAUSD, while offering volunteer services to Glory Christian Fellowship for 13 years in various leadership roles.
The Eagle & Badge Foundation was also honored to accept a special plaque recognizing our contributions to the Foundation in Randy's name.
On July 19th, The Eagle & Badge Foundation paid tribute to our fallen SWAT officer Randal Simmons and has recently supported some of the projects he was most committed to. His wife, Lisa, and family have now begun a new foundation in his name and we are honored to support their efforts.
Randy had a huge heart that was filled with love, faith, hope, commitment, loyalty and trust. He committed his life to things of God and extended his hands to the less fortunate and disadvantaged. He was particularly passionate about helping children in low income neighborhoods. He believed that if enough people volunteered a little time to mentoring kids that it would change their behavior, attitude and their outlook on life.
Randy would often say, "Children need to know that Jesus loves them more than they could ever imagine and that there is hope for a better future regardless of their environment and circumstance. The key is showing them that you love them by volunteering your time.
We are a non-profit organization designed to serve, empower and encourage families and individuals in underserved areas. Our core values are centered around the love and compassion that God requires us to have for one another.
Our mission is to continue the legacy of Randal D. Simmons by spreading love, serving our community and reaching out to help others in need. Our hearts desire is to meet the needs of families and individuals who require help in one of the four categories: QUALITY OF LIFE, EDUCATION, HEALTH & FITNESS, WORLD OUTREACH
Programs & Resources
QUALITY OF LIFE
Providing the basic necessities to have a quality standard of living.
Services:Refer those in need to the many resources that are available within the community such as Food Banks, Utility Assistance Programs, Community Events and Shelters.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Promote health and wellness by providing medical information, resources and financial assistance.
Services:Assistance with urgent medical needs, provide information on health plans and programs, referrals for In-Home Supportive Services. mental health assistance, and other resources available through various programs in the community.
Providing tools, resources and financial aid to assist in all levels of education.
Services:Provide referrals to tutoring programs, assistance with financial aid applications, financial aid workshops, special education workshops, Scholarships and other available recources within the community.
To reach out to the uttermost parts of the world and provide financial resources to help with matters pertaining to poverty.
Services:Facilitate Care Package Campaigns
Please check out their website for further information....http://www.randysimmonsswat.com/foundation