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Boy Scouts of LA Honor Ming Hsieh to Kick-Off 2nd Hundred Years

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Boy Scouts of LA Honor Ming Hsieh to Kick-Off 2nd Hundred Years

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Press Release

The Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America raised $350,000 by honoring Ming Hsieh, Founder and CEO of 3M Cogent Systems. Born and raised in China, Ming Hsieh is the son of an electrical engineer, and was educated in secret at home during the Cultural Revolution. At the age of 24, he came to the U.S. where he attended the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Ming and a classmate co-founded Cogent, Inc. in 1990, a company that designs AFIS systems for law enforcement, governments, civil agencies and commercial businesses around the world.

The Second Century: The Next 100 Years Award luncheon was held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the California Club. Funds raised from this event will support the Scouting programs throughout Los Angeles, including programs in high-risk communities. Mr. Hsieh’s generosity has significantly benefited the UCS Engineering School, Keck School of Medicine, and a wide variety of vital youth-oriented programs. According to BSA Immediate Past Board president, Rita Illig, “He is a brilliant engineer, visionary entrepreneur, inspired leader, and selfless philanthropist who epitomizes a life of purpose, character, dedication, perseverance, achievement and service in making a positive difference in our community and for mankind.”

Such an award from the Boy Scouts of America is rare indeed, exclusively reserved for people who have had a major impact on our community and Mr. Hsieh now joins such notables as Dr. Steven B. Sample, John Wayne and Bob Hope, who are among the very few. The achievements and gifts from Ming Hsieh have changed the shape of Los Angeles. He has a rich history of service and philanthropy that made him the ideal candidate to honor with The Second Century: The Next 100 Years Award.

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L.A. Dodger’s Catcher Honored for Scouting Campaign

Posted on 17 September 2008 by Dan

Representatives of Pasadena Advertising accompanied Robert Schuler, Los Angeles Boy Scouts Area Council chairman, to Dodger Stadium to honor Russell Martin for lending his name and image to scouting.

According to L.A.A.C. chairman Robert Schuler, “Russell’s contribution to Scout recruitment efforts has helped enrich the lives of Los Angeles inner city youth. With his cooperation, the Boy Scouts of Los Angeles can catch their eyes, capture their imagination, and give these young people access to activities they might never have dreamed of.”

Russell is a key part of a unique coalition of volunteers and businesspeople, including Pasadena Advertising Marketing and Design and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association.
The theme of the campaign, developed by Creative Directors David Ensz and Tony Nino, is “We Fill Big Shoes.”

“Those shoes include not only the cleats of sports heroes,” Tony explained, “but also the shoes of policemen, the boots of firemen, and the pressurized footwear of astronauts. In fact, 11 of the 12 men who walked on the moon were Scouts.”

“This was a labor of love,” added David Ensz, an Eagle Scout himself, “I see it as paying back a debt of gratitude to those who helped me so many years ago. Sixty percent of youth in Los Angeles live below the poverty level. Yet last year, 261 L.A. Scouts earned the rank of Eagle. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

That is the quality of character that Scouting has helped build for more than a century around the world, and for more than 50 years in Los Angeles.

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