SOAR! held its 2014 Los Angeles Award Dinner benefiting the aged and infirm religious on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California. For images of the event see below.

As a young student at St. Martin of Tours School in Los Angeles, Kathleen Aikenhead was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, whom she believes helped provide the initial spark to what has become her life-long commitment to philanthropy.

Under her 21-year leadership as president of the William H. Hannon Foundation (which was founded by her late uncle), Aikenhead and her board of directors have been instrumental in providing generous annual grants for hospitals, social service organizations, Catholic schools and churches, and for religious congregations.

“We try to follow my uncle’s mission very closely, and one of his main goals was always to support the sisters,” she said with a smile. “He just loved the sisters.”

For these and many other contributions to Catholic ministries and organizations, Aikenhead was honored alongside Timothy and Steph Busch, long-time advocates of Catholic education, as recipients of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award at the 2014 Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR!) Liturgy and Awards Dinner, held June 22 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Read the rest of The Tidings article on SOAR!’s 2014 LA Dinner.

Here is more detailed information about the honorees.

Tim and Steph BuschSOAR! held its 2014 Los Angeles Award Dinner benefiting the aged and infirm religious on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California. Scroll below for a gallery of images from the event.

2014 Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Honorees: Tim and Steph Busch, Orange County

Born in Michigan, Tim relocated to sunny Southern California where he met his wife, Steph. Tim is CEO and principal shareholder of The Busch Firm, an Irvine law firm established in 1979. He has various affiliations in private operating and real estate companies in Orange County, Napa, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and soon Huntington Beach, CA.

2014 Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Honoree: Kathleen Hannon AikenheadKathleen Hannon Aikenhead, Los Angeles 

As president of the William H. Hannon Foundation and the first female chair of Loyola Marymount University’s Board of Trustees, Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead has been able to continue supporting and working with the many sisters and priests who helped shape her life.

2014 Saint Katharine Drexel Awardee: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters.