Save the date for our 46th Food & Beverage Industries Humanitarian Awards Dinner:  Thursday, September 17, 2020

The 45th Annual Food & Beverage Industries Humanitarian Awards Dinner was held on September 4, 2019 at the Hilton Anaheim.  The Food & Beverage Industries play a key role in sustaining CCEJ’s work to combat prejudice and discrimination in our communities.  This year’s dinnner raised more than $330,000 for CCEJ, including $30,000 for our Light the Way Campaign, which supports youth to attend our Building Bridges Camp and our Summer Youth Leadership Institute.

Close to 500 people gathered to honor Bryan Kaltenbach (Food 4 Less/FoodsCo), Michael Ajemian (Barilla America), and Kevin Arceneaux (Mondelez International) for their service and leadership to the community.  Click the link below to watch a video of the honorees visiting CCEJ’s youth programs.

The honorees were recognized for their many contributions to their industry and communities through acts of service and leadership.  In their speeches, they also shared how they personally connected with CCEJ’s work.

Michael Ajemian – speech link here

“I looked to end my speech tonight with a profound quote from a famous philosopher, but instead I decided to quote a graffiti tagger’s work that I saw on the side of a building.  It said, ‘The totality of all good is made up of single acts of kindness.  Be kind to one another.'”

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Arceneaux – speech link here

“Thank you, CCEJ, for your work in the areas of inclusion and justice and equality:  helping schools, families and communities heal their divisions through dialogue and embracing differences.  I wish we had more organizations like CCEJ serving our diverse communities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan Kaltenbach – speech link here

“I’d like to thank the members of the Food & Beverage Industries who have made the work of CCEJ possible for so many years. We all share CCEJ’s vision of a prejudice-free society and I especially admire the work that CCEJ is doing with young people, to help them reach their full potential regardless of background or economic situation.”

 

 

 

 

Enjoy more photos of the event at this link.

We are so grateful to all of our sponsors  for supporting CCEJ! If you want to contribute CCEJ’s efforts to build a better world, donate at this link or call 562-435-8184. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and will help more young people have the transformative experience of Building Bridges.

If you want to support CCEJ’s efforts to build a better world, donate at this link or call 562-435-8184. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and will help more young people have the transformative experience of Building Bridges.

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