Due to ongoing restrictions on social gatherings because of coronavirus, CCEJ will be hosting our 57th Humanitarian Awards Celebration online! Join us on Thursday, May 20th for this special event.
CCEJ’s Humanitarian Awards Celebration will highlight contributions of community members who have made significant contributions toward improving the status of humankind and display a continued commitment to human relations, inter-group cooperation and social justice for all people. The event also serves as a fundraiser for CCEJ’s work to eliminate bias, bigotry and racism.
CCEJ is excited to recognize Wini Carter, Annette Kashiwabara, and Servando & Cindy Orozco. The Building Bridges Award will be presented to the Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation, and the Henry Youth Meyer Award honoree will be Lupe Granados. We are also thrilled to welcome Regina Cash & Justin Rudd as our online event emcees.
May 13 – Online Ticket Registration is now closed – email jneedhamATcacej.org if you would like to attend the event. If you can’t attend but want to make a tribute donation in honor of our Humanitarians, click here!
May 20: The Big Event! From 6:30 – 7:00pm, we’ll host an online reception for Event sponsors to mix n’mingle with your invited guests, and other CCEJ supporters. Our Event program will run from 7pm – 8:15pm and feature meaningful about our honorees, as well as some fun live online surprises.
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.