LAPD's Beatrice Girmala Honored with 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Award

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June 02, 2017
More than 400 people attended the annual fundraiser where the Heroes Of Hollywood Awards luncheon presented by the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation honored Hollywoodian Beatrice Girmala, Assistant Chief or Los Angeles Police Department on June 1st at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. Returning for another year in their roles as Co-chairs were Carol Sarian and Cindy Braun. ABC Entertainment guru George Pennachio served as celebrity Emcee.
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Our HERO Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). She exemplifies a lifelong dedication to public service in Hollywood and continues to be motivated by the men and women who are the first line of defense in preserving our values and freedoms in the public arena.
In 1985, Assistant Chief Girmala proudly joined the LAPD. In 1988, a Field Training Officer position opened in Hollywood, and by 1997, she achieved the rank of Sergeant. She was inspired by the dedication of patrol officers who worked in challenging conditions, yet delivered quality and professional law enforcement services. In 1999, Assistant Chief Girmala returned to Hollywood first as a Field Sergeant, and then as an Assistant Watch Commander, Sergeant II. She was given the opportunity to work for then Captain and future Deputy Chief Mike Downing, whom she credits with formative on-the-job training. Projects included “Operation Neighborhood Enhancement,” “Project Restore Hollywood,” and “Homeless Outreach.” In 2003, she was promoted to Lieutenant.
Continuing to climb the ranks, Assistant Chief Girmala completed Command Development School and was promoted to Captain in 2007. In 2008, she began her second assignment as the Patrol Commanding Officer in Hollywood. In 2013, she was promoted to Commander and then to Deputy Chief in 2015. In 2016, she was promoted to Assistant Chief and is now the Director, Office of Special Operations. Assistant Chief Girmala’s involvement in Hollywood has led to the creation of the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED) foot beat and the inauguration of LAPD’s first youth mentoring center for financially-challenged and gang-impacted areas. Her diversity of experiences and career-long efforts make her an invaluable figure in the Hollywood community.
In 2003, Assistant Chief Girmala was recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a “Woman of Distinction” for her work in Hollywood. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter and credits her mother as an invaluable supporter and inspiration, as well.

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Additionally, the 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Awards luncheon honored John Lyons, owner of the Avalon; Hollywood’s favorite Pink’s Hot Dogs, and Baydsar Thomasian, Deputy District Director, Office of President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon.
'Entertainment Tonight' Host Nancy O’Dell was recognized with the Mary Pickford Award. This prestigious award is given to a celebrity who has made a difference in the entertainment industry and the Hollywood community.
Founder and Owner of the Hollywood Museum Donelle Dadigan with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant making history by being the first woman to be recognized with the Johnny Grant award.

Platinum Level sponsor of the event is the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building and the Gold Level Sponsors include Avalon Hollywood, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, LaTerra Development, LLC., Managed Career Solutions, MBS Group, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and Taglyan Cultural Complex. The Silver Level Sponsors include City National Bank, The CrisCom Company, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, FilmL.A., Inc., Harridge Development Group, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, Pacific Commerce Bank, Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Southern California Gas Company, and US Bank.

The Annual Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon fundraiser allows the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation to give out around $50k per year in grants to nonprofits in Hollywood that help the community.

About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce -
For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam of Hollywood Hotel, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit

About Heroes of Hollywood –
The Heroes of Hollywood Awards recognize exceptional leaders in the Hollywood community who have transformed the lives of others and/or have made a remarkable contribution to the physical environment.  Since 1993 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation has saluted more than 125 extraordinary leaders from Hollywood, through what was previously named the Women of Distinction Awards.  Since 2011, the awards have honored both male and female leaders, as well as families, businesses and organizations. The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations.  “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves. For more information, visit 

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation –
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation is an organization within the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that promotes outreach and the well-being of the non-profit organizations within the community. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation achieves its goal by awarding grants to support and advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the Hollywood community. The Foundation is unique because, as part of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, it illustrates the success of a business advocacy group giving financial assistance to the community that it serves, namely the charities that are members of the Hollywood Chamber.

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