As the Community Welfare Federation wound up its operations and dissolved, it transferred all assets to the Long Beach Community Foundation -- including the building known as the Freeman Fairfield United Way Long Beach/South Bay Service Center, located at 3515 Linden Ave.
Worsham announced, under the ownership of the Long Beach Community Foundation, the building will continue to be used as a multi-tenant office facility. It will continue to be rented exclusively to nonprofit organizations at "below market" rents and will provide amenities such as shared office resources and conference rooms.
Special guests were introduced: Chairman of the Community Welfare Federation, Leo Vander Lans (with Judith); board member Dorothy Wise; attorney Paul Carter; Leslie Gentile, the architect who will assist in the refurbishment and improvements of the building; Mike Zeke, the head of Jordan High School's ACE Academy who will supervise the work done at the property; and Change Agent Productions, a social enterprise operated by the Greater Long Beach YMCA, recorded the event to help tell the story of the transfer and transformation of the unique facility.
Founders were recognized with the foundation's newly created charity giving cards. Cards are purchased for a gift that the recipient may redeem to benefit any 501(c)(3) organization.
Seen at the scene: Patti Worsham, Dr. Frances Grover, Jean Bixby Smith, Kevin McGuan, Eleanor Aguilar, Bill (Virgie) Barnes, Jane Netherton, Alex Norman, Donna Reckseen, Jim Sullos, Gary Van Arnam, Julie Heggeness, Colleen Bragalone, Harry Saltzgaver, John and Liz Hancock, Alex Thomsen, Tom Shadden, Mike and Arline Walter, Jane and Henry Meyer, Vicki Christian, Annette Kashiwabara and Marty Isozaki, Gail and Jim Gray, Paul Carter, Dan Gooch.
Make a Difference"Make a Difference" was the theme of a recent inaugural fundraising event that was held at The Grand. The evening raised more than $12,000 to benefit Advocacy for Respect and Choice, serving adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and Disabled Student Services Alumni of CSULB. Honored were Marion Lieberman, president of the AR&C group, and Robert Schlesinger, from CSULB. Also honored was Betty Karnette, former California assemblywoman and senator with the "Outstanding Community Advocate" Award.
One hundred or so supporters enjoyed a lively evening with celebrity masters of ceremonies Jim Colucci, "Mr. T.V. and Editor of "CBS Watch Magazine," and comedian Frank De Caro, Sirius XM radio show host. Included were silent and live auctions and a raffle for a week in Kona, Hawaii.
Auction highlights: a script from the TV show "General Hospital," a Blu-Ray and DVD home theater system, a Casio keyboard, a Westinghouse 40-inch flat- screen TV, a DVD burner with 25 blank DVDs, hand scanner, panini maker and a table top popcorn popper, dinner for two at the Magic Castle, two tickets for the Cleopatra exhibit at the California Science Center, two tickets to the Long Beach Playhouse and 24 pieces of jewelry from J&L Jewelers.
Among the raffle items were tickets to the L.A. Dodgers, to Pretend City, to The Improv, Knotts Berry Farm, and dinner certificates to Enrique's Restaurant and K Pasta.
DSS Executive Director David Sanfilippo and AR&C Executive Director Harry Van Loon said they were pleased to join together to raise funds to help people with disabilities reach their highest potential. The fundraiser brought much needed resources to both organizations while raising public awareness of programs both organizations offer.
Seen at the scene: Susan Hauer, Sherin Lieberman, Howard Lieberman, Jaynie Davis, Debra Davis, Charlotte Schneider, Yasmine Malayeri, Nancy Gonzalez, Kelly James, Maryann Takamoto, V.P. Student Services, Neena Strichart, Publisher of Signal Tribune, Dr. and Mrs. Ron Antimarino.
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