Rick Caruso Receives Papal Honor

Rick Caruso, CEO and founder of Caruso Affiliated, and founder of the Caruso Family Foundation, received the Cardinal’s Award on March 11 at a dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The Papal honor of the Knight Commander in the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great was presented to Caruso in recognition of his dedication to supporting the lives of at-risk children and providing educational opportunities for underserved youth.

Rick Caruso, Archbishop José H. Gomez and Tina Caruso at the Cardinal’s Awards dinner on March 11. Photo: Justin Hornick/Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Rick Caruso, Archbishop José H. Gomez and Tina Caruso at the Cardinal’s Awards dinner on March 11. Photo: Justin Hornick/Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The Order of St. Gregory the Great, established in 1831, is one of the five Orders of Knighthood of the Holy See.

Caruso said, “I am deeply humbled to be honored with a Cardinal’s Award from the Archdiocese. It has been my honor and privilege to give back to the Los Angeles community and those in need throughout my life. It is the work of which I am most proud, and I am dedicated to continuing down this path.”

“The Cardinal’s Awards dinner is a celebration of our Christian duty to love and make our society better,” Archbishop José H. Gomez said. “Tonight, we celebrate the generosity and achievements of five men and women in our Catholic community. Together they show us the difference that love can make in our neighborhoods and in our communities.”

In addition to Caruso, Bill H. Ahmanson, Letty Ibarra, Gretchen Willison and Nick Weber were also honored.

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