On February 7, 2013, Simi Valley residents, Ron Whitaker and Rodica Shaldan will be honored with the Lifetime Humanitarian Awards at the 2nd annual 2013 Artists In Music Awards held at Key Club in West Hollywood, CA.
Ron Whitaker is an award winning drummer, and a six time Humanitarian award winner. His model/ actress fiance, Rodica Isabella Shaldan has joined him in the quest for a better world, and has also achieved six Humanitarian awards in the process. Their double force of contributing time, and talent to their communities is hope for a much more fortunate future.
It is their humanitarian work that means the most to them. Their goal is to reach out and inspire others to contribute in meeting the needs of the prospective community.
As a teen, Ron Whitaker has learned the value of mentoring, and caring for those less fortunate, from his parents. Through the years working with the homeless, and veterans, Ron has positively influenced and devoted great assistance to everyone he had encountered. He has mentored many young musicians, and helped out low income families with access to dental care. He has also assisted in the annual Salute to Arms, a day where we feed, and honor our veterans.
Award-winning drummer, Ron Whitaker, has played with members of groups such as Guns and Roses, Def Leopard, and Quiet Riot, to name just a few. He has also appeared in a Autism Awareness video with Lynette Louise.
Whitaker has dedicated four decades to contribute in expanding communities, and to bring its people closer together. He strongly believes his success as a professional musician enables him to inspire and influence others in contributing to helping out the community as much as it is possible.
Rodica Shaldan, has dedicated a bit over two decades to her humanitarian work, which includes working with veterans, the homeless, and many more in need. From the fragile age of 8 years old, the Romanian born humanitarian, knew she was built for greatness. At that age, Shaldan made her first act of random kindness; She gave up her delicious pastry to a homeless man, even though her own mother could not afford another one for her. From that day forward, Rodica has been concerned with helping those in need. She has volunteered to serve, and cook, at many homeless shelters, which is what inspired her to go forth with a benefit concert in the United States.
Before coming to America, Rodica was musically inclined, and played the trombone in an orchestra. She worked as a nurse at the local hospital, and thoroughly enjoyed her work. In her spare time, Rodica picked up a modeling career, and had been in several fashion shows for Madalene, a designer collection. A model since her 20's, Rodica has recently added acting to her resume. To top it all off, she is also a mother to 3 children, all of whom are now grown adults.
Ron Whitaker, along with Rodica Isabella Shaldan, will continue to dedicate their lives to such great causes, and never give up hope on all the ones in need of an extra helping hand.
· Volunteered at Los Angeles Homeless Shelters, Ventura County Homeless Shelters, and most recently, in the city of Santa Clarita.
· Produced “Free Aide Life Concert”, to launch the Simi Valley Free Dental Clinic.
· California Deaf Association.
· Autistic children music videos.
· Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
· Works with our Veterans.
· Safe Harbor, benefiting foster children.
· L.A. Mission
· Midnight Mission
· Dream Center
· Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
· Children Hospital
· For the Children
· Samaritan Center
2011- County of Los Angeles Humanitarian Award.
2012- California State Senate Humanitarian Award.
2012- 22nd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards.
-Rock N' Roll Humanitarian of the Year
2012- City of Los Angeles Humanitarian Award.
2012- City of Beverly Hills Humanitarian Award.
2013- City of Los Angeles Humanitarian Award.