CCEJ was honored to host 350 friends and supporters at our annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, celebrating CCEJ’s 55 years of service to Southern California.

Three distinguished honorees, Sofia Riley, Cynthia Terry and Jim Zehmer, were recognized with CCEJ’s 2018 Humanitarian Award for dedicating their lives and careers to equality and justice through service.

This year’s Henry Meyer Youth Award was awarded to Dezmin Hemmans, an accomplished youth leader in CCEJ’s Building Bridges for Youth program.

CCEJ also recognized MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center with the Building Bridges Award for their dedication to improving the health and quality of life for all people in the community.

The always elegant Humanitarian Awards Dinner began with a lively cocktail hour. The room was decorated in black, white and silver and 40 past recipients were recognized and welcomed at the beginning of the program.

The evening opened with the Pledge of Allegiance by Anthony “Tony” Terry, local educator and the nephew of Cynthia Terry. Mayor Robert Garcia presented CCEJ with a proclamation in recognition of its 55th Anniversary.

A special highlight was the performance of dinner chairs Marcelle Epley and Mark Guillen, who entertained the audience by celebrating 5 decades of social justice with lively songs during the awards ceremony. Steve Goodling and Kelly Lucera shared moving stories about the need for CCEJ’s crucial work to build inclusive, connected communities.

The evening closed with CCEJ Executive Director Kimmy Maniquis thanking the guests for their support.  Dinner attendees pledged close to $70,000 for the annual Legacy Fund, which sustains CCEJ’s important work to promote equity and justice for all in Southern California.

We are still raising money to reach our $250,000 goal for this year’s Legacy Fund.  If you would like to join our community of supporters, please click here to donate.

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