Peace Promoters Each Receive $25,000
Pictured here (left to right) are Foundation President and CEO Diana M. Bontá, and honoree Michael Cummings.
The California Wellness Foundation recognized its 2012 California Peace Prize honorees: Michael Cummings of Los Angeles, Kevin Grant of Oakland and the late Su Yon Park of Oakland. Each received a cash award of $25,000 as an acknowledgment of their commitment to prevent violence and promote peace in their communities.
Cummings, a violence prevention specialist, began his speech with the first scripture his mother sent him while incarcerated, Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In addition to acknowledging those who contributed to his success, Cummings closed by recognizing his family for their unwavering support and his wife for remaining by his side through his trials and tribulations. Mrs. Cummings received a standing ovation.
The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention, according to the organization's officials.
Since its founding, TCWF has awarded 6,544 grants totaling more than $815 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations.