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The Legacy Ladies celebrated their 14th Annual Torch Awards
Published May 10, 2018


LEGACY LADIES:  Denise Dillard, Andrea Berry, Olga Ford, Betty Luckett, Jackie Castillo, Amber Anderson, Toni Counts Rose, Ann Young, Trudie Abraham.


Lady Jackie Castillo and honorees Christine Simmons, Kiesha Nix and Phillip Washington.

Front row left -right:  Maia Pittman, Malani White, Symphoni Borderave, Myracle Ridgeway, Keyanna Byrd, Tayah Hubbard, Danielle Tyas and Yanai Reynolds.  Second Row, l-r:  Moriah Moore, Toni Carter, Nylah Abram, Alaysia Virgil, Destiny Claycomb, Janiece Kimball and Kaelyn Campbell. Third Row, l-r: Thamar Scipio, Andrea Berry, Denise Dillard, Chief Deputy of Public Safety, District 5 – Greg Martayan, Olga Ford, Amber Anderson, Jackie Castillo, Ann Young, Toni Counts Rose, Trudie Campbell, Joseph Galloway and Amando Hogan, Battalion Chief of City of Los Angeles.




The Legacy Ladies celebrated their 14th Annual Torch Awards, with the objective of meeting the financial needs of students in their leadership program called, “From the Scholl House to The White House Leadership Academy. This year’s theme was “Illuminating the Pathway to Leadership.” Legacy Ladies did not disappoint their audience with yet another heartfelt and memorable event to honor and pay homage to luminaries that have created a blueprint for achievement in their communities. This year’s exemplary honorees included: Keisha Nix, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, recipient of the 2018 Humanitarian Award; Christine Simmons, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Sparks, recipient of the 2018 Impact Leadership Award; and Phillip Washington, CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), who was the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

As a service organization, Legacy Ladies, Inc. continues to stay true to their mission by changing the trajectory of the lives of those who are historically disenfranchised, with emphasis on our youth and education. The Founder, Lady Jacqueline Castillo, was asked about her passion and drive for giving back to the community, responded, ”I am reminded often of the quote from Martin Luther King – “Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Through our leadership program we foster character, confidence and grace through our academic and experiential programs. The focus is to develop extraordinary thinkers who are courageous leaders that will become productive global citizens. The leadership program, “From the School House to The White House Leadership Academy,” is my passion; and with the commitment of more volunteers to reach out to our youth, our communities will flourish.” 

The organization also honored Toi Carter, of Dorsey High School.  She received the prestigious 2018 Torchette of The Year award for her outstanding commitment and dedication to the academy and her community, while achieving a 3.8 GPA.

Also honored were Crystal Dixon, recipient of the Above and Beyond award and Elouise Dangerfield, who received the 2018 Visionary Award, for their tireless work serving as 

administrators of the Dangerfield Institute of Urban Problems, which serves teenage foster girls.  Most importantly, scholarships were awarded to the Senior Torchettes in the leadership academy, Christabel Ukomadu, Danielle Tyas, Destiny Claycomb, Janiece Kimble, Maia Pittman, Myracle Ridgeway, Nylah Abram, Ryan Smith, Tayah Hubbard and Toni Carter.  

Lady Jacqueline Castillo established Legacy Ladies, Inc., in June 2004. The members are Ladies Trudie Abraham, Amber Anderson, Andrea Berry, Denise Dillard, Olga Ford, Betty Luckett, Toni Counts Rose, and Ann Young. For more information about Legacy Ladies, Inc. and how you can volunteer your time, please visit their website at, or call (818) 414-5074.  



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