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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles will Honor “Sugar” Ray Leonard with Dream Builder Award at 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball® on September 28th

Annual Event Honors Change Makers in Building & Real Estate Industries

Los Angeles, CA – June 21, 2017: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will honor “Sugar” Ray Leonard at its 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball® to be held Thursday, September 28th at the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel. Mr. Leonard is the first honoree to be announced and will receive the organization’s Dream Builder Award recognizing his commitment to helping those in need in the community, as an individual and through the vast efforts of the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation.

Each year, Habitat LA honors outstanding individuals and companies that are committed to revitalizing and transforming the landscape of Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing Habitat LA’s counterparts in the building and real estate industries, this event will also raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit’s Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign to help empower low-income families by building strength and stability through homeownership.

“”Sugar” Ray Leonard’s commitment to this city is unyielding and we are thrilled to honor him this year,” said Erin Rank, President and CEO, Habitat LA. “Mr. Leonard is a true gentleman with a huge heart, and he truly cares about the future well-being of this city. We feel honored to serve in partnership with him and his foundation.”

“I am deeply moved by the tremendous work of Habitat LA and I’m sincerely humbled by this honor,” said Leonard. “The foundation they provide for families to build and purchase homes is a catalyst for their future success and well-being. It’s an incredible organization and one with which I look forward to supporting for many years to come – as a volunteer as well as an advocate.  When we all come together, we can achieve great things.”

The 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball® Awards are:

  •   The Builder of the Year award will be presented to a preeminent residential or commercial builder or developer in Los Angeles whose contributions demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  •   The Foundation Builder award will be presented to an outstanding organization or individual that has made a transformational impact through advocacy work, a significant contribution to neighborhood investment, leadership in spearheading intentional change in communities and/or a lasting legacy of economic growth.
  •   The Dream Builder award will be presented to outstanding individual(s) who have distinguished themselves through a commitment to community revitalization and investment.

Past honorees include Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bernards, Quincy Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Mauricio Umansky, Delta Air Lines, Bank of America and Trammell Crow Company. More 2017 recipients will be announced soon.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available for this annual sell-out event at For questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Helen Dosta, Director of Development at or (424) 246-3653.   

Habitat LA has built, renovated or repaired nearly 800 homes locally, helping to transform the lives of more than 4,000 Angelenos. By 2020, Habitat LA has a goal to invest $100 million into revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing access to affordable homeownership and home repair opportunities. This investment will benefit the local economy by building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors, which will bring strength and stability to local communities throughout greater Los Angeles.


2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball® Committee:

Co-Chair, Raul F. Salinas, AlvaradoSmith

Co-Chair, Maria S. Salinas, ProAmerica Bank

Michele T. Blay Sedgwick

Connie Calderon, AlvaradoSmith

Terri Haack, Terranea Resort

Lisa Collins-Nash, Waste Management

Brad Cox, Trammell Crow Company

Lalo Diaz Travers, Cresa

Michael Flad, City of South Gate

Carl Jordan, U.S. Bank

John Manganiello, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Michelle Meghrouni, Southern California Gas Company

Jesse Nunez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Anthony Salcido, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,300 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. The lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit

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Yvonne Lara
Habitat LA

Angela Moore
Starfish P.R.