Lighthouse gala honors humanitarians

Lighthouse Youth Services welcomed more than 500 guests to its April 16 Beacon of Light Humanitarian Awards Gala.

This year Lighthouse honored five community leaders: Iva Brown (awarded posthumously), Ryan Messer and James Musuraca-Messer, Edgar Smith and Rabbi Gary Zola. The Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award recognizes leadership, community service and a positive impact on the lives of children, youth and families.

The event raised more than $275,000 for Lighthouse Foster Care and the effort to end youth homelessness.

Nancy Shepardson served as gala chair. Honour Pillow and WLWT News 5’s Courtis Fuller were the emcees.

Kate Bennett, next year’s gala chair, already is planning the event, set for  April 29, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency.

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Photos courtesy of Helen Adams

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