WASSERMAN FIRST NON-CATHOLIC TO WIN CARDINAL'S AWARD.Byline: Tracy Valeri Daily News Staff Writer
Lew Wasserman Lew Wasserman (March 15, 1913 - June 3, 2002) was a Hollywood agent and studio executive credited with first creating and then taking apart the studio system in a career spanning more than six decades. , the chairman emeritus of Universal Studios who hosted Pope John Paul Pope John Paul is the name of two Popes of the Roman Catholic Church:
Wasserman is one of five people who will be honored at the 1998 Cardinal's Awards and Recognition Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Among the recipients are two from the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , Marie Poyer and Veronica Dysart; and one from La Canada Flintridge, Rob Smith.
``This is a very prestigious award because it comes from the cardinal, and it represents his recognition of the recipients,'' said the Rev. Gregory Coiro, spokesman for the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Archdiocese.
The awards are given to Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, residents who have given extraordinarily to improve the quality of the community.
Wasserman and his wife, Edie, have aided many civic, arts, educational and religious institutions through the Wasserman Foundation.
Fellow honoree Poyer, an Encino mother of 14 and grandmother of 33, said she always has time to help people.
``I've never had time to feel overextended overextended,
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adj 2. ,'' she said. ``There are always enough hours in the day. Worrying about all you have to do never got anyone anywhere - just do it!''
Poyer began giving to her community by answering phones at her church rectory in grammar school and moved on to help the American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. while attending high school and college.
``Volunteering was just what you did, especially after the war broke out in 1941,'' she said.
In addition to having 14 children over the span of 17 years and raising them with the help of her husband, Jack, Poyer chaired numerous parish and school committees over the course of 30 years, opening her home to many school functions.
An Immaculate Heart College alumna, she devotes most of her time lately to the Immaculate Heart Auxiliary and to the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino.
Not all of the recipients are strangers to the award.
Smith's father won the Cardinal's Award in 1991, making his son the first recipient to follow in a parent's footsteps.
The Glendale native serves in the Catholic Worker soup kitchen, has been active at St. Bede Venerable Church in La Canada Flintridge and taught religion classes at the school for 15 years.
Many of the recipients have notable role models.
Dysart says that for her father, ``serving the church was a priority.'' She also credits Ann Manion Schlarb, former president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Dysart herself has served as president of the ACCW ACCW Atlantic Coast Championship Wrestling (Rocky Point, NC) and on the United Way corporate board, and with her husband remains active in St. Elisabeth Church in Van Nuys.
At least one of the recipients was caught completely off guard when he discovered he'd won the award.
``I still don't understand how I fit in, or how I was chosen, but my wife, Mary, and our five kids are extremely happy about it,'' said Palos Verdes resident Albert Centofante.
The modest Centofante won for his support of Catholic education as a board member on the Archdiocesan Education Foundation.
The World War II Navy veteran and businessman also served on the board of Little Company of Mary Hospital Little Company of Mary Hospital may refer to: