Five members of the Los Angeles Catholic community — including Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully — will be honored at the 2009 Cardinal’s Award Dinner on Friday at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. The dinner raises money to benefit early childhood education at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood.
That’s Cardinal, as in Cardinal Roger Mahony, born in Hollywood and the first native Angeleno to hold the office of Archbishop of Los Angeles when he was promoted in 1985. He was created Cardinal in 1991.
In a story about Scully’s recognition in a recent edition of The Tidings weekly Catholic newspaper, it’s pointed out that he attended Catholic school all through college (Fordham University) and he’s a parishioner of St. Jude Chuch in Westlake Village.
“To have a strong faith influence growing up gave me direction, ground rules, like you learn in sports,” Scully told the newspaper. “Today, if people ask me for advice on how to live, I say, ‘Follow the 10 Commandments; you won’t be in bad shape and you’ll sleep a lot better.’ And as you get older, I think your faith grows, especially the more you appreciate what has been given, and what could be taken away at any moment.”