Marina del Rey resident Harvey Shaps is one of four men from the Los Angeles area who will be honored by the American Diabetes Association and the National Father’s Day Council with the annual Father of the Year Award.

The awards are scheduled to be presented to the four men Thursday, May 29th, at an event hosted by comedian and television producer Byron Allen at the Beverly Hills Hotel. All proceeds from the event benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The three other fathers who will be recognized are Robert C. Davidson, Jr., Michael J. Krupin and Rocky Lang.

Shaps is the senior executive vice president for Tandy Brands Accessories. He has worked in sales and marketing for the apparel industry for over 55 years.

Shaps and his wife, Thelma, recently celebrated 50 years of marriage and have two children, Linda and Bradley, as well as two grandchildren, Erica and Jackie.

Shaps is a world traveler who has visited all seven continents and accumulated over 11 million miles on a frequent flyer program.

He and his wife have made charity and community involvement an important part of their lives, according to an American Diabetes Association spokesman.

Shaps served three years as chair of the Los Angeles Father’s Day Council during the 1990s.

“We are thrilled to recognize Robert, Michael, Rocky and Harvey as the 2008 Fathers of the Year,” said Jane Warner, American Diabetes Association of Los Angeles executive director. “Beyond their successes as businessman and fathers, we are proud they have chosen to join the American Diabetes Association in our fight against this insidious disease.”

This year’s Father of the Year Awards ceremony marks the 23rd installment of the presentations in Los Angeles. Past honorees include Ronald Reagan, Tommy Lasorda, Roy Rogers, Julio Iglesias and Dick Clark.

“The men chosen for this year’s awards have displayed business acumen, deep compassion and an ability to succeed in all aspects of life,” said Howard Rosenberg, director of market development for the National Father’s Day Council. “It is truly our honor to recognize leaders of this caliber in Los Angeles and to again contribute to the ongoing work of the American Diabetes Association.”

Information about the Father of the Year Awards Dinner, Kathy Sanchez of the American Diabetes Association at (323) 966-2890 ext. 7434.