By Frank Barron
Words to live by—“I ask you to be a blessing to somebody every day, and it is especially good if you can be a blessing to a kid,” said Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti. The occasion was when Colletti was honored by the noble non-profit group known as “A Place Called Home,” which gives local youngsters a safe haven and helps them realize their dreams. APCH makes a positive difference in the community by empowering needy kids to become the authors of their own lives.
Every year a gala is held to recognize men and women who are role models to young people and have demonstrated an inspiring dedication towards helping the youth of Los Angeles. So it’s no surprise that Dodgers’ true-blue Colletti received the Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award, named after APCH’s founder. Good guys in the entertainment industry, Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk, co-chairmen and CEOs of Media Rights Capital, were also honored at the event. For their good works as supporters and mentors, they received the Sister Patricia Connor Angel of the Children Award, named after Sister Pat who guided the educational programs at the APCH center.
Colletti was humble when he spoke about his honor, noting that it was “premature in my mind, because I feel I have a long way to go.” But then his speech demonstrated why he is such an inspiration to the kids at APCH.
“Because I have a high profile position with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization, most people may think that the legacy I’ll leave when I’m gone is that job. People may think that’s what I’m all about. But that’s really not the way I want to be remembered, if I can help it,” Colletti explained. “I think the legacy for all of us, whether we want it or not, is really our children. I am responsible for two in particular that are my children, and in general I’d to include the children of the city of Los Angeles. And, of course there are the children of the world. They are all our children.”