Baydsar Thomasian Honored with 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Award
The Heroes Of Hollywood Awards luncheon presented by the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation honored Baydsar Thomasian, Deputy District Director, Office of President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon on June 1st at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood.
More than 400 people attended the annual fundraiser. Returning for another year in their roles as Co-chairs were Carol Sarian and Cindy Braun. ABC Entertainment guru George Pennachio served as celebrity Emcee.
View the 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Commemorative Book
Our HERO Baydsar Thomasian’s career spans nearly two decades of public service to Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles, and the State of California. Having served Hollywood as a Field Deputy for former Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, Senior Field Deputy for former Council President Eric Garcetti, and currently as Deputy District Director for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Baydsar has worked selflessly to meet the needs of constituents and community businesses. Her work has impacted tens of thousands of Angelenos and has improved their quality of life.
As a veteran public servant, Baydsar has worked closely with the Hollywood BIDs, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses to make Hollywood safer, cleaner, and more livable. Since working for Senator de León, her focus has been helping businesses navigate the State bureaucracy, which has resulting in the establishment of hundreds of new businesses and jobs. Currently, Baydsar has direct influence on the passage of bills that affect the community, recently including the Hollywood Film Tax Credits. Among her greatest achievements was helping start the Los Angeles Center for Education and Research (LACER) after school program with Councilmember Goldberg. LACER’s after school program has improved the academic and personal growth of several thousand children in Hollywood.
Baydsar Thomasian has been and remains an inspiration for women and minorities. She has mentored immigrants and disadvantaged youth on empowerment and engagement. Baydsar sits on the Board of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC as an Ambassador, guiding students to make a difference in society. In 2006, Johnny Grant nominated Baydsar for the Women of Distinction Award, and she was honored to receive it.
Baydsar is married to architect Vahagn Thomasian. They have daughter Soseh, 15. She credits the continued support of her husband and daughter for her many achievements.
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Additionally, the 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Awards luncheon honored Beatrice Girmala, Assistant Chief, LAPD; John Lyons, owner of the Avalon; and Pink’s Hot Dogs.
'Entertainment Tonight' Host Nancy O’Dell was recognized with the Mary Pickford Award. This prestigious award is given to a celebrity who has made a difference in the entertainment industry and the Hollywood community.
Founder and Owner of the Hollywood Museum Donelle Dadigan with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant making history by being the first woman to be recognized with the Johnny Grant award.
Platinum Level sponsor of the event is the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building and the Gold Level Sponsors include Avalon Hollywood, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, LaTerra Development, LLC., Managed Career Solutions, MBS Group, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and Taglyan Cultural Complex. The Silver Level Sponsors include City National Bank, The CrisCom Company, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, FilmL.A., Inc., Harridge Development Group, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, Pacific Commerce Bank, Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Southern California Gas Company, and US Bank.
The Annual Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon fundraiser allows the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation to give out around $50k per year in grants to nonprofits in Hollywood that help the community.
About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce - www.hollywoodchamber.net
For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam of Hollywood Hotel, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.
About Heroes of Hollywood – www.hollywoodchamber.net/heroes
The Heroes of Hollywood Awards recognize exceptional leaders in the Hollywood community who have transformed the lives of others and/or have made a remarkable contribution to the physical environment. Since 1993 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation has saluted more than 125 extraordinary leaders from Hollywood, through what was previously named the Women of Distinction Awards. Since 2011, the awards have honored both male and female leaders, as well as families, businesses and organizations. The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations. “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves. For more information, visit http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/heroes
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation – www.hollywoodchamber.net/foundation
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation is an organization within the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that promotes outreach and the well-being of the non-profit organizations within the community. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation achieves its goal by awarding grants to support and advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the Hollywood community. The Foundation is unique because, as part of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, it illustrates the success of a business advocacy group giving financial assistance to the community that it serves, namely the charities that are members of the Hollywood Chamber.
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