Leadership Long Beach Events / Activities
Make it a ‘Day On, not a Day Off‘ as Leadership Long Beach coordinates the 10th Long Beach MLK Day of Service event for Long Beach residents to give back on the National Day of Service. Supported by the Port of Long Beach, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach and a host of community organizations and groups, more than 500 volunteers are expected to give a few hours of their time to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service.
There will be 20 projects for volunteers to participate in during the day and there is at least one project in every Long Beach City Council district (thanks to all of the district offices with their help in making it happen!). From beach cleanup to mural painting to cultivating community gardens, volunteers can sign up to provide a variety of different volunteer work.
The 2019 Holiday Party was held once again at Looff’s Lite-A-Line, 2500 Long Beach Blvd on Monday, December 16th. It was a packed house at this iconic Long Beach location which hosts some unique memorabilia from the old venues and shops of the early days of the Pike. Thanks to the many alumni, friends and family came out to celebrate the holiday season together.
One of the highlights to the holiday party was the introduction of the new Executive Director, Kerri Cissna. Kerri spoke to the crowd of her enthusiasm for the organization and Long Beach and her desire to continue the forward momentum LLB has had over the past few years. She thanked the board of directors for allowing her the chance to follow the leadership of the former executive director Jeff Williams had given the organization over the past 10 years.
A Leadership Long Beach signature event, the ‘wacky and fun’ miniature golf tournament, returned to Bixby Knolls for an afternoon of fun and excitement. Over 150 golfers came out to play the unique mini-golf holes designed by businesses as they strolled up and down the streets of Bixby Knolls taking in light food and drinks at various stops along the way.
This year’s tournament raised funds for our Youth Leadership Long Beach program, our high school environmental leadership program, which helps create and activate future leaders for our community.
Thanks to the Leadership Long Beach alumni, family and friends who volunteer on that early Sunday morning for the 2019 Jet Blue Long Beach Marathon at the 7.5 Mile Water Station. The LLB volunteers plus others from the Long Beach Mission, Inter-Act and Westminster (OC) High School worked alongside one another under the direction of LLB Board member Oscar Vasquez (LLBI ’18). Water, electrolyte drink and plenty of enthusiasm was passed out to the 15,000 runners, bikers and walkers that participated in the half- and full marathons.
The Community Welcome Reception kicked off the 31st year of Leadership Long Beach with the introduction of the newest Institute Class of leaders desiring to become more engaged in Long Beach. Over 150 alumni, friends, family and community members were in attendance to see the class at the end of their first day and hear about the upcoming activities for Leadership Long Beach.
Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert (ELS ’19/Honorary Board) provided a welcome on behalf of the City and congratulated the 34 new Institute class members on beginning their journey with Leadership Long Beach.
The 30th Anniversary Celebration for Leadership Long Beach was held at ‘The Streets,’ a new community space in Downtown Long Beach north of the Promenade between 3rd and 4th Streets, as The Night of a Thousand Lights. Hundreds of Leadership Long Beach alumni, partners, supporters and friends attended the celebration for the 30 years of the premier leadership organization for the city.
The Institute Class of 2019 will present their projects to the community during a PechaKucha Night. Using the PechaKucha 20×20 format—a simple presentation format where a presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds—the three adult project teams – Community Project Pitch Party, This is Long Beach Radio and Workforce Development workshops – will have their timed presentations ready.
Then, the event shifts to DiPiazza at 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway for the graduation of the Institute Class of 2019. The 34 class members will have completed their 10-month principled leadership program learning more about Long Beach and completing projects that addressed community needs that they learned about during the year.
For the ninth consecutive year, Leadership Long Beach organized the Long Beach MLK Day of Service to allow residents to make it a “Day On, not a Day Off” to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national holiday. With the sponsorship and support of the Port of Long Beach, the office of Mayor Robert Garcia, and Councilman Al Austin, there were 16 service projects for everyone of all ages to do service in the morning and then had the rest of the holiday to enjoy.
Over 100 LLB alumni, family and friends attended the 2018 LLB Holiday Party at Looffs Lite-A-Line on Monday, December 17th. At this iconic Long Beach location, the evening festivities included plenty of food, drink and merriment for all, plus it provided the unique experience of playing the Lite-A-Line game.
Mayor Robert Garcia (LLBI ’03) made a presentation and preview of the 2028 Olympic Games for Los Angeles and the plans for the city of Long Beach. It was an early opportunity to learn about the scope and impact on Long Beach when the Olympic Games return to Southern California in 10 years.
Over 70 people joined us for our End of the Summer BBQ at the home of Long Beach City Councilman Rex Richardson (LLBI ’10). The Santa Maria style BBQ was prepared by some of members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) and YLLB and adult alumni volunteered to make it a great casual event on the Friday evening. Music was provided by a jazz band led by Byron Bolton (LLBI ’13) and Larry Ginn (LLBI ’04).
Leadership Long Beach received the Key to the City from Mayor Robert Garcia prior to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd in the Council Chambers. Nearly 100 alumni and supporters of the organization were present to witness this historic occasion as our 30th Anniversary activities and celebration begin later this year.