The Seventh Annual Above & Beyond Awards benefiting Angel Light Academy honors individuals nominated as “Angels on Earth” from the community. The criteria include service, leadership, and charitable works.
Angel Light Academy operates a Leadership Training Institute, whose mission is to improve the health, happiness and well-being of individuals through the practice and demonstration of unconditional love. This is accomplished through service, education, and research.
Attendees were shuttled to the new Pavilion located at the back of the resort. Teens in the Leadership Institute greeted each shuttle personally, and escorted arrivals to the check in table. Appetizers and wine and champagne were passed before the formal dinner and program began. Event sponsors were Nothing Bundt Cakes, Chandi Group USA, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, and Randall Miller, FICF.
Founder Julia Wilmot’s husband General Richard Wilmot received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service.
The rest of the honorees were: Sandy Smith of Copper Mountain College Foundation; Ruth Moir of Steinway Society Riverside County; Jo Rosen of Parkinson’s Resource Organization; Peggy Sue Lane, an executive in the title and escrow industry; Richard DeSantis of Event Management Productions; Toni Callicott for her many years of service in various agencies including the American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter and the Arrowhead United Way; Dustin Smith of The First Tee of Coachella Valley; Dr. Prem Salhotra of Hi-Desert Medical Center, HDMC Family Clinic and several more; Robin Montgomery of Pegasus Therapeutic Riding serving all special needs and all ages; Erica Stone of Soldiers Organized Services; and Kathy Greco and Donna Craig from Desert Healthcare District and Desert Healthcare Foundation.
Angel Light Academy
78-365 Highway 11, #342, La Quinta, CA 92253
Photography by Pat Krause