Children’s Dental Health Clinic honors Junior League for its decades of support

<strong>From left, Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, Junior League of Long Beach President Trinka Rowsell, JLLB Past President and 80th Anniversary co-chair Janice Merriweather</strong>
The Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) was honored at the Children’s Dental Health Clinic’s 80th anniversary gala on Oct. 20 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach for their leadership and dedication to the Clinic since 1936.
JLLB and the CDHC began working together in 1936 when JLLB made the Clinic its first permanent project. The League helped relocate the Clinic to a Long Beach Unified School District bungalow, where League members volunteered as “intake interviewers” and oral health educators.
The Clinic held its first board of directors meeting on Sept. 3, 1937, when nine of the 17 board members were JLLB members. It was a JLLB member who created the Clinic’s first endowment and continued raising funds to grow that endowment until 1978. It was another JLLB member who drew the characters of the CDHC logo. Most recently, on Aug. 19, 2012, JLLB presented a check for $25,000 to the Clinic to purchase critically needed sterilization equipment.
“We are so grateful to the Junior League of Long Beach for their support,” said Clinic executive director Dr. John Blake, whose late mother, Virginia Blake, was a JLLB member.
The Dental Clinic was the chosen recipient of JLLB’s gift to the community in recognition of the League’s own 80th anniversary, which commenced in 2011. The Dental Clinic was the selected benefactor in acknowledgement of CDHC being longest running project of JLLB’s 80-year history. The lab has been renamed the “Junior League of Long Beach Instrument Processing Center.”

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