NBC4 Southern California announced it will honor individuals doing profound work in the community by enhancing the lives of others with the newly-created NBC4 Life Connected Award.
The inaugural NBC4 Life Connected Award will be presented to Donald Manelli of the Culver City based Care Harbor at the California Community Foundation’s Unsung Heroes, a private event to be held on October 9. Manelli was selected for his dedication to Care Harbor, a non-profit he launched that offers free health and medical services to underserved populations in Los Angeles. In 2012, the volunteer doctors and support staff at Care Harbor’s week-long clinic served more than 3,700 patients and administered more than 15,000 procedures.
The annual award originated from the station’s “Life Connected” series, which highlights the diverse landscape of Southern California and embraces community triumphs throughout the region.
Launched in 2012, “Life Connected” airs weekly on Sunday during the 11 p.m. newscast and on Monday Mid-Day News. The segments celebrate individuals who have come together in unique humanitarian ways to enhance the quality of life of others and to overcome obstacles.
“The NBC4 Life Connected Award salutes the champions whose work is making an extraordinary impact in our local community,” said Terri Hernandez Rosales, vice president of community affairs and communications at NBC4 Southern California. “NBC4 has had a long tradition of giving back to the community and the Life Connected Award is an extension of this legacy.”
Manelli symbolizes the meaning of the NBC4 Life Connected Award by bringing together people from all walks of life – professionals, volunteers, and individuals and families in need – to achieve a common good and inspire change. The award recognizes his selfless efforts to connect people and overcome obstacles.