This year saw the introduction of the inaugural Henry Meyer Youth Award, awarded to Adonis Rubio.
Three distinguished honorees (as mentioned above) were recognized with The California Conference for Equality and Justice’s 2017 Humanitarian Award. These leaders were recognized for their advancement of the mission of CCEJ, their many civic contributions, and their life long commitment to humankind.
CCEJ also recognized the Rotary Club of Long Beach with the Building Bridges Award for their support of the vision of CCEJ and for valuing diversity and the worth of every individual.
The always elegant Humanitarian Awards Dinner began with a lively cocktail hour. The room was decorated in black, white, orange and pink and 45 of the past recipients were recognized and welcomed at the beginning of the program.
The evening opened with the Pledge of Allegiance by Katy Fitzgerald, the daughter of Jennifer Fitzgerald, co-founder of Children Today,, followed by an inspiring address from Supervisor for the Fourth District, Janice Hahn, who presented Gene Lentzner with proclamation recognizing his many years of service to the City of Long Beach and CCEJ.
During dinner the guests enjoyed live background music from a jazz trio, all students from CSULB, representing the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.
Captain Sergio Garcia, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army Long Beach Citadel, closed the evening, with heartfelt remarks about the honorees humanitarian works and the importance and impact of CCEJ’s work in the community.