“Sugar” Ray Leonard receives the Dream Builder award at the Habitat LA 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Joshua Blanchard/ Getty Images for Habitat For Humanity)
On Thursday, September 28, Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) held their annual Builders Ball event celebrating the organization’s counterparts in the building and real estate industry.

The event which took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel and highlighted Habitat LA’s partners and donors, who are helping to transform the landscape of Los Angeles.

Each year, the Builders Ball is held with one goal in mind, empowering families by building and strengthening the stability of the Los Angeles community through homeownership, raising funds, and raising awareness.

This year’s award recipient was legendary boxing icon and philanthropist “Sugar” Ray Leonard, who honored with the Dream Builder Award for his devotion to the community and helping those in need build a stronger and healthier future through his namesake foundation.

Luc Robitaille (Joshua Blanchard/ Getty Images for Habitat For Humanity)
The second award recipient was hockey Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille, who was honored with the Foundation Builder Award for his significant contribution and leadership in creating intentional change in the Los Angeles community through the Kings Care and Echoes of Hope foundations.

The final award recipient was preeminent construction industry leader Morley Builders, who received the Builder of The Year Award for their commitment to building innovative, high-quality residential and commercial projects with integrity, pride and dignity.

(L-R) Cindy Heron, Terry Ellis and Maxine Jones of En Vogue backstage at the Habitat LA 2017 where they performed a mix of their old and new hits. (Joshua Blanchard/ Getty Images for Habitat For Humanity)
Celebrity attendees such as Tina Knowles, Cookie Johnson, Apryl Jones, Tom Schwartz, Trevor Jackson and many others enjoyed a VIP reception, followed by dinner, and a live fund-a-need and special musical performance by Grammy nominated and platinum-selling R&B group, En Vogue.

“Habitat LA gives people freedom and allows them to think bigger,” said past honoree Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. “That is why we all need to get involved and help more families
dream bigger.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles visit www.habitatla.org