Three distinguished honorees were recognized with The California Conference for Equality and Justice’s 2017 29th Annual Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award. These individuals were recognized for the significant contribution they have made in improving human relations at a grass roots level in and around Long Beach.
The always popular Awards Celebration began with entertainment by local saxophonist Brian Grace during cocktails and appetizers. The room was decorated in CCEJ’s new colors- red, orange, purple and blue.
The evening opened with thoughts from Friederike Kaufel, a first year seminarian at Meadville Lombard School of Theology and a volunteer with CCEJ’s Building Bridges Camps and RPIC Program.
Kimmy Maniquis, CCEJ’s Executive Director, introduced the CCEJ Board and staff and welcomed the elected officers and dignitaries in the room.
Gene Lentzner, Breakfast co-chair for CCEJ, inspired the audience with his thoughts about the current state of Human Relations.
The 3 honorees were presented by Megan Kerr, Dr. Minnie Douglas and LaDawn Best and Porter Gilberg, with heart felt presentations for all 3 Human Relations honorees.
Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach award was presented by Teresa Gomez from the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
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