Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker to Host Terri J. Vaughn’s 8th Annual Angel Awards Benefit

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- Dr. Warren Strudwick & Edward Fitzpatrick Honored; Kelly Price Entertains - Rarely seen without a smile on her face and twinkle in her eye, high-spirited television and movie actress Terri J. Vaughn has a soft spot for teens growing up in distressed areas like her own childhood neighborhood—San Francisco’s Hunter's Point projects. Fourteen years ago, Vaughn founded TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION (TWF), a non-profit organization that addresses social and life skills needs of at-risk teens. As it has annually, since 2004, the foundation will host a star-studded awards gala to benefit the organization Saturday, August 13, 2011.

“I am excited that Take Wings Foundation will acknowledge the professional contributions and dedicated community involvement of its two extraordinary 2011 Angel Award honorees, “Dr. Warren Strudwick and Edward Fitzpatrick.”

Accomplished and engaging actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker will host the highly-anticipated eighth annual Angel Awards Benefit, and sensational GRAMMY®-nominated R&B vocalist Kelly Price will provide the evening’s entertainment. TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION will honor Warren J. Strudwick, M.D., M.B.A. and Fitzpatrick Dealership Group president Edward Fitzpatrick for their respective spirited community involvement and philanthropic contributions. The magnificent San Francisco Marriott Marquis (55 Fourth Street) will be the affair’s host venue on Saturday, August 13th, beginning with pre-gala receptions at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $150 each, and may be purchased online at

Vaughn’s long-time friends and past co-cast members—husband and wife actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe—will host the 2011 Angel Awards Benefit. Frequently acting co-stars, the inseparable talented couple is founders of Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization named in honor of their daughter Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. In January 2009, People Magazine featured Parker to introduce the Foundation.

Multi-talented stage, screen and television actress, and sensational R&B singer, songwriter and producer recently dropped her latest album Kelly, which she believes delivers her most honest and transparent work to date. Leading the album out of the gate is the spirited single Tired, which received a 2011 GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category.

“I am excited that Take Wings Foundation will acknowledge the professional contributions and community involvement of its two extraordinary 2011 Angel Award honorees,” said Vaughn. “Dr. Warren Strudwick, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine practitioner, is president of Sinkler Miller Medical Association and head team physician for the Oakland Raiders.” She continued, “Ed Fitzpatrick is president of Fitzpatrick Dealership Group—Valley BMW and Valley Lexus in Modesto, and Coliseum Lexus of Oakland. Ed is a philanthropic contributor to the arts, education and community enhancement, who, this year was honored when Warrior Arena at California State University, Stanislaus was renamed Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena to recognize their monetary commitment to the school. Both of our honorees are remarkable individuals and pillars of our community.”

Take Wings Foundation, its founder Terri J. Vaughn, and the organization’s Board of Directors are honored to have the support of individuals and corporations who champion the Take Wings Foundation’s mission. The distinguished 2011 Angel Awards gala honorary chairpersons are Denise Washington LeNoir, M.S.N. (Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in healthcare for adolescents and teens, and 2010 TWF Angel Award recipient); Neda Barrie (Senior Executive Vice President of Business Operations for Golden State Warriors); Alvin “Al” Attles (former Golden State Warriors guard and head coach; and Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I. (practicing Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area pediatrician and allergist, and CEO of Ethnic Health America Network).

The Take Wings organization is grateful to its corporate supporters for their continued generous sponsorship: Wells Fargo, Safeway Foundation, Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, Ross Stores, KBLX 102.9-FM, and the House of Hennessy, who will provide Hennessy Privilége cocktails.

Take Wings Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build the self esteem of San Francisco Bay Area at-risk teens between the ages of 13 and 18 by providing positive experiences and role modeling. The foundation’s core components in achieving its mission involve encouraging and enabling youth to provide community service, participate in life skills development activities and workshops, and earn academic scholarships, while emphasizing education, health and fitness. In 2010 TWF added Take Wings Male Youth Program to its previously all-girls program.

Terri J. Vaughn has entertained us on television for eight seasons as a series regular. First, she stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on the WB’s “The Steve Harvey Show.” After that, Vaughn made her way to UPN’s “All of Us.” Currently, she is a cast member on the hit TBS television sit-com “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” Among her film credits are "Three Can Play That Game," "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls," "Redrum," and "Angels Can't Help But Laugh." Vaughn has been honored with three Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a nomination for a 2005 BET Comedy Award, and she also got a nod for BET Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Soulfood.”

But, before Vaughn ever had her first audition, she was growing up in a housing project in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point district. Today, she is determined to create positive, inspirational and educational experiences for teens growing up in disadvantaged communities. Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Vaughn started the TAKE WINGS FOUNDATION.


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  • Press pass entitles holder to media-related activities (photos, video, and sound bites) throughout the gala evening; does not include dinner or gala table seating.


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