Who inspires you to work for equality and justice? Our call for nominations closes November 19, 2021

CCEJ invites nominations for our 58th Humanitarian Awards Celebration – deadline 11/19/21
Each year, CCEJ celebrates the contributions of community members who have dedicated their lives and careers to promoting equality and justice in Long Beach and Southern California.  Honorees will be selected for recognition at CCEJ’s annual fundraising event in May 2022. 
This year, we invite nominations for the below awards:
CCEJ Humanitarian Award – for individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions towards eliminating bias, bigotry and racism in our communities.
Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award – for individuals or groups who are emerging leaders in efforts to promote equality and justice at the grassroots level.  Learn more about Gene Lentzner here.
You may submit as many different nominations as you would like. Nomination deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021.  Click here for the form.
Please contact Jessy Needham, Director of Development and Operations at jneedham@cacej.org with any questions.

A Recap of our 57th Humanitarian Awards Celebration

More than 150 people joined us online in May 2021 for our 57th Humanitarian Awards Celebration, raising $70,000 to support CCEJ’s work to eliminate bias, bigotry and racism. 
We are so grateful for the support of the people, organizations and companies who sponsored our event!
Special thanks to Primal Alchemy Catering for providing delicious gourmet dinners to our Humanitarian honorees and to Kealii Creations and Wolfgang Media for video production.

Learn more about the awardees in the videos below.

Winifred (Wini) Carter is a longtime Long Beach resident. Born in 1919 in Massachusetts, Wini’s father died when she was 5 and her mother died shortly thereafter. She and her seven siblings were shuttled between foster homes. Wini worked as a civilian secretary for the military and later worked for United Airlines.  At age 78, she earned her bachelor’s in English.  She has served as a reserve police officer and volunteered for Meals on Wheels, St. Mary Hospital, and North Long Beach associations and other groups. She was appointed to the Senior Citizen Advisory Commission in 2014, and created a scholarship program for the Black Police Officers Organization.  She was named a 1998 Senior of the Year at Long Beach City College, and was the honorary chair of the Long Beach Veteran’s Day Parade in 2017.

Annette Kashiwabara is a third generation Japanese American (Sansei). Her grandparents immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s from Japan. Despite the adversities that Annette’s family went through during World War II, they provided a life that encouraged education, working hard, volunteering, and treating everyone with respect and understanding.  Originally trained as a nurse, Annette began her nursing career at Long Beach Community Hospital.  Working closely with the Long Beach Community Hospital Foundation, she found she enjoyed working with donors and completed a certificate program at University of California, Irvine in fund development. Since then, Annette has continued to work for Long Beach nonprofits, including Long Beach Day Nursery, National Conference for Christians and Jews (now CCEJ), Assistance League of Long Beach, where she currently serves as Executive Director.

Servando Orozco was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and like many other immigrants began his life in the United States full of hopes and dreams. He and Cindy met locally and have been married for 22 years, and are the proud parents of three teenage children. Servando is the CEO and Founder and Cindy is the General Manager of Orozco’s Auto Service, with five leading automotive shops and over 40 employees. Recently, the business has become a franchise operation. Servando and Cindy are committed to giving back to the local community. They belong to the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and generously support local organizations including the YMCA, Long Beach Rescue Mission and Lydia House, Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.
The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation’s mission is to strengthen community, family and individuals through effective and focused philanthropy. Established in 1996 by Rudolph and Daphne Munzer, the Foundation has been fortunate to be a part of the giving landscape of Long Beach since its inception. Rudolph and Daphne believed that education and their Catholic religion was paramount in their philanthropic pursuits, which are rooted in the foundation’s guiding values: Serving Where Needed Most, Children and Youth, Local Communities, Family, Engagement, Effectiveness, and Humility. The Munzer Foundation focuses its grantmaking at the community level, primarily in Long Beach, CA, to honor its family roots and the community where the Foundation was established. The Foundation also supports select organizations in communities where the Munzer family lives and works. Within each of the communities it serves, the Foundations strives to achieve the greatest impact by concentrating its resources to support children, families, and neighborhoods of highest needs. Since 2017, the Foundation’s support has helped to expand CCEJ’s Conscious Classrooms anti-bias education program, reaching more than 2,000 middle and high school students.
Lupe Granados is an 19 year old graduate of El Rancho High school and current college student. When she was a young teen at the beginning of high school, she was not interested in political issues or involved much in social justice. After she attended CCEJ Building Bridges camp, Lupe’s interest in advocacy grew. Lupe was enlightened with history that she was never taught in school. She became more invested in social justice to the point where she could create and join clubs in her school regarding social advocacy. Lupe has been a youth leader for CCEJ two years, where she leads dialogues for her peers about racial and gender justice. From creating new friendships to expanding her knowledge, CCEJ has helped Lupe become the advocate that she is today. She plans to pursue a career in film production. Her lifelong dream is to produce films that accurately represent her culture. As she is leaving high school and embarking on a new journey in her life, Lupe hopes to further her work with CCEJ in the future.
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Gene Lentzner Nomination Application

Nomination Application

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