13 November, 2019
5:30-8:30pm

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Join us on November 13th to celebrate grassroots leaders!

For the past three decades, the California Conference for Equality & Justice has celebrated individuals who have made significant contributions to improving human relations at the grassroots level with the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Awards.  This year’s honorees are selected for their service to the community, fostering inter-group cooperation, and for their commitment to promoting respect and justice among all people.

Tickets are no longer available online; to purchase tickets at the door, call our office at 562-435-8184.

Click here to make a donation to honor our awardees or to support the Awards program.

Three outstanding honorees will be recognized at the 31st Annual Gene Lentzner Human Relations Awards Celebration:

Marianne Drummond

Susana Sngiem

Shay Sorrells

Click here to learn more about the honorees.

The City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program will present the Human Dignity Award to:

Giovanna Ferraro

Jan Seymour Ford


Event Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Location: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach 90807

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

5:30pm – Reception (Beer, Wine, Small plates)

6:30pm – Awards Program

7:30pm – Music & Mingling

This year’s event will feature a photo gallery of past Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award honorees, delicious food from local restaurants, and an interactive art project to create a mural for CCEJ’s office!

Tickets range from $50-75

CommUnity Sponsorships available for $1,000 (includes 10 event tickets, logo/name on event signage and special recognition at the event)

Click here to register for tickets online or click here for a PDF registration form.

About Gene Lentzner: Gene has been involved in social service, education, civil rights and human relations for most of his life. For more than 60 years, he has been dedicated to promoting racial, religious and cultural understanding even in the face of great resistance. His exceptional work in the area of human relations at a grassroots level was the impetus for the establishment of the Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award.

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Please make sure to tell us about your nominee in your 1-2 pages by including the following:

1) Significant contributions to the Greater Los Angeles or Long Beach Community in the area of social justice/human relations
2) How they promote respect and justice among all people regardless of differences in race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity
3) How they demonstrate commitment to social justice and human relations by way of service (if it’s at work, then above and beyond their paid scope of work)
4) Ways they foster inter-group, inter-faith cooperation
5) How they are connected to the Greater Los Angeles or Long Beach area

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