On Thursday night at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum, TV personality Lisa Ling joined L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown and hockey great Wayne Gretzky to honor Toronto Maple Leafs manager Brian Burke; his son, Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke; and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for their work on behalf of the LGBT community at the Courage Campaign‘s second-annual Spirit of Courage Awards. Also on hand to celebrate the honorees were women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke, Anaheim Duck owners Henry and Susan Samueli, and mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
“It’s wonderful that Brian and Patrick are being honored by the Courage Campaign Institute,” said Bruckheimer of the father-son hockey duo behind You Can Play. “[It’ll] further help the world to accept the simple fact that on the field or in the arena, what really matters—and all that should matter—is the skill and heart of the athlete.”
In accepting their award, Patrick Burke gave a nod to fellow recipient Harris, who was honored for her work protecting homeowners and her unflagging leadership on LGBT equality. “Ms. Harris, you keep fighting to make equality legal,” said the younger Burke. “We’re going to make it cool.”
Photos Josh Reiss