Angel Light Academy honored local community members for their excellence in community leadership and service at the Above and Beyond Awards Jan. 28.
More than 200 guests attended the event at the Pavilion at Indian Wells Golf Resort.
The Above and Beyond Awards were established in 2009 by the founders of Angel Light Academy, Julia Wilmot and her husband, retired U.S. Army Gen. Richard Wilmot.
Angel Light Academy strives to establish a new paradigm for leadership that is based on service to others. Each of the event’s 12 honorees embodies this kind of servant leadership, and were recognized as “Angels on Earth.” Angel Light Academy’s Adult Leadership Training consists of action committees, composed of professionals who are both active in the work force and retired.
A surprise special Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Julia Wilmot, founder, for over 40 years of service and dedication to changing the lives of others.
Others honorees were from a unique array of service backgrounds: veterans, business, community, education, safety programs, social services, musical arts, healthcare, and youth.
They included: David Brinkman, CEO and President of Desert AIDS Project; Maureen Forman, executive director of Jewish Family Service of the Desert; Andrea Carter, public relations; Congressman Paul Cook; Suz Hunt, philanthropist; Roberta Klein, founder and president of Read With Me program; Cameron Moulton, director of development and training at Christopher’s Clubhouse; Selby Dunham, founder of Bighorn BAM; Katie Slimko-Stice, Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Sheriff Stan Sniff, Riverside County.
Pictured below, from left to right in the top row: Julia WIlmot, Cameron Moulton, Katie Slimko-Stice, David Brinkman, and Congressman Paul Cook. Middle row: Maureen Forman, Roberta Klein, Selby Dunham, Sheriff Stan Sniff, and Suz Hunt. Bottom row: Suzanne Armstrong and Andrea Carter.