ACLU FOUNDATION TO HONOR CIVIL LIBERTIES CHAMPIONS AT ANNUAL TORCH OF LIBERTY AWARDS DINNER
June 28, 2004
By ACLU of Southern California
On Monday, July 26, 2004, at 6:00 P.M., the ACLU Foundation of Southern California will host its annual Torch of Liberty Awards Dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of civil liberties.
This year’s event will honor actor/activists Marg Helgenberger and Alan Rosenberg and Co-Chairman of Loeb & Loeb, LLP, John T. Frankenheimer.
Marg Helgenberger and Alan Rosenberg are an inspirational couple. Their work on screen and their personal commitment to social activism off screen show a tremendous dedication to equality and justice. If you look at their careers in hindsight, one could argue that they have both actively pursued work that is not only rewarding as an actor, but also rife with socially relevant material. This is evidenced by Alan’s impressive work on the legal dramas ‘The Guardian’ and ‘L.A. Law’ and Marg’s award-winning work on ‘China Beach’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and her performance in Steven Soderbergh’s widely acclaimed ‘Erin Brockovich.’ Their activism is confirmed by their long-time support of the ACLU, their annual fundraiser for the cancer center at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Omaha, and their involvement with organizations including Penny Lane, serving abused and neglected children; the Lili Claire Foundation; UNLV Life Skills Center, helping people with neurogenic disabilities; Huckleberry Fund for the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Diving for Life, International Gay & Lesbian SCUBA Jamboree and The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. We are proud to present them with the 2004 Torch of Liberty Award for their strong commitment to ‘liberty and justice for all.’
“The Torch of Liberty Award was created to acknowledge the contributions made by individuals from the media and arts and entertainment industry whose creative and sometimes daring work affirms the democratic principles the underlie the promise of ‘liberty and justice for all,’” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU/SC. “This year’s honorees truly exemplify the spirit of the award. The work of Marg Helgenberger and Alan Rosenberg together with John Frankenheimer has had an immeasurable impact on civil liberties in this country and beyond.”