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The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) hosted its 50th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner at The Renaissance hotel in downtown Long Beach on May 15, celebrating the organization’s many partnerships for public-service work in the community throughout the past half-century. Founded in 1963, the nonprofit organization partners with various groups, foundations, institutions and government agencies as a collaborative effort to fight “bias, bigotry and racism” in the Long Beach area through advocacy, conflict resolution and educational programs.
Among the past honorees who are pictured are (second row, from left) founding members Gene and Ann Lentzner, former Long Beach Mayor Eunice Sato (sitting) and former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill. CCEJ’s 2013 Humanitarian Award Honorees (not pictured) included: Port of Long Beach Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle; Ivy Goolsby, marketing director and manager of the Long Beach Division of International Realty & Investments, Inc.; Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership Executive Director Judy Ross; and outgoing Cal State Long Beach President F. King Alexander. Also recognized were philanthropists Ray and Barbara Alpert, who received the “Building Bridges” Award. “We need to continue to listen to people’s stories and continue to lift up voices that are not heard, providing comfort and strength to those who continue to suffer from the effects of bias, bigotry and racism, and help others climb that mountain with us,” said Wendelyn R. Nichols-Julien, CCEJ president. “I’d like to think that CCEJ’s work over 50 years has really made a tangible impact on our community and an improvement in quality of life in Long Beach.”