Leaders who overcome obstacles

LET THERE BE PEACE—Members of New Dimension of Hope participants gather to present the third annual Leaders Overcoming Obstacles to Peace (LOOP) Award Aug. 18 in Colorado. Newbury Park resident Anthony Angelini, far right, gave the opening speech. Below, Nobel Peace Prize and LOOP Award winner Leymah Gbowee and Ebenezer Norman cut the ribbon to open a new school in Liberia.

LET THERE BE PEACE—Members of New Dimension of Hope participants gather to present the third annual Leaders Overcoming Obstacles to Peace (LOOP) Award Aug. 18 in Colorado. Newbury Park resident Anthony Angelini, far right, gave the opening speech. Below, Nobel Peace Prize and LOOP Award winner Leymah Gbowee and Ebenezer Norman cut the ribbon to open a new school in Liberia.

Newbury Park resident Anthony Angelini gave the opening address when New Dimension of Hope presented its third annual Leaders Overcoming Obstacles to Peace (LOOP) Award Aug. 18 in Arvada, Colo.

Angelini is a board member of ND Hope. This is the second time he has been asked to give the opening address

This year’s award recipient was Leymah Gbowee, who earned the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in leading a women’s peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which helped to bring an end to the second Liberian civil war in 2003.

The award commemorates those who have persevered through adversity in humanitarian efforts.

Gbowee has been involved in ND Hope since its inception, helping the organization raise money through her support. She was also in Liberia when the first ND Hope school opened. When the school was destroyed by corrupt officials in 2016, the LOOP Awards ceremony raised funding to build a new school for over 100 rural schoolchildren.

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Ebenezer Norman started ND Hope in 2010. The nonprofit builds schools in Liberia, a West African country that lacks a formal educational system

“(Our) LOOP award winner knows a lot about overcoming obstacles,” said Angelini. “What you may not know is her overwhelming and unwavering support for our little organization. When I first met Leymah, Norman and I were in Liberia trying to finish the last touches on the first school, and we went to her office to invite her to the ribbon-cutting. She sat at her desk hand-making care packages for children in her organization and accepted our invitation with open arms.”

Angelini traveled to Liberia, West Africa, in 2015. He placed the first book, “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss, on the shelf in the school’s library and gave the dedication speech.

Locally, Angelini serves on the board of directors as director of hospitality for the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, on the Gold Coast Performing Arts Association board as treasurer, and on the Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission ad hoc committee for the 2018 Excellence in the Arts Awards.

Recently, Angelini was honored as the Outstanding Youth Volunteer from the Association of Fundraising professionals.

He is a 23-year-old student at UCLA and has been a humanitarian and activist since the age of 6, when he donated his birthday presents to the victims of 9/11.