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Conference for Equality and Justice to honor local leaders and volunteers for work in human relations

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The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), formerly known as The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), will introduce its officers and new board members at the 49th Annual Dinner meeting and report to the community on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Old Ranch County Club in Seal Beach. The reception will be at 5:30pm, and the dinner will follow at 6:30pm.
The Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award will be given to the following individuals for their contributions to improving human relations in Long Beach: Doris Cooper-Robinson, principal of William Cullen Bryant Elementary School; Francisco Rodriquez, Community Development specialist at Neighborhood Services Bureau; and Justin Rudd, community leader.
This award is given in the name of Gene Lentzner because of his life-long commitment to bringing diverse people together to improve human relations in the greater Long Beach area.
Bernice Banares and Erica Gardner will receive the CCEJ Anthony B. Rogers “Volunteer of the Year” award for their volunteer service to CCEJ. The volunteer award is named in honor of the late Tony Rogers, an educator and CCEJ volunteer. Rogers taught at Long Beach Poly High School until his untimely passing in 2002.
CCEJ’s community partner, the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program, will present the 2012 Human Dignity Award to Sandra Horwitz, human relations commissioner for the City of Long Beach, for her work in advocating for social justice in the community.
For more information or to purchase tickets for $75 per person, visit or call (562) 435-8184.

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Conference for Equality and Justice to honor local leaders and volunteers for work in human relations