28th Annual Gene Lentzner Human Relations Awards
Three distinguished honorees were recognized with The California Conference for Equality and Justice’s 2016 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 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 the Pledge of Allegiance by Stephanie Velasquez, one of CCEJ’ s Interns.
Drew Gagner, CCEJ Board Chair, introduced its elected officers and welcomed all dignitaries in the room.
Dr. Sabrina Sanders, Director of Student Affairs Projects and Initiatives, CSULB Office of the Chancellor, inspired the audience with her speech about current data relating to equity and her personal story that led her to be a change agent. The 3 honorees were presented by Wende Nichols-Julien, Danielle Nava-Mijares, Margaret Madden and Francisco Rodriquez, with heart felt presentations for all 3 Human Relations honorees.
Gene Lentzner, Breakfast co-chair for CCEJ, closed the evening with his words of wisdom.
To watch this past year’s honoree speeches please click here
About Gene Lentzner:
Gene has been involved in social service, education, civil rights and human relations for most of his life. With over 60 years of advocacy, promoting racial, religious and cultural understanding at a time when his efforts were often met with great resistance, he remained dedicated. His exceptional work in the area of human relations at a grass roots level was the impetus for the establishment of the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award.