View Original Notice ? Shirley Wild: CAMEO mentoring program honors graduates

During a luncheon celebration at The Grand earlier this month, Cameo, the professional auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, hosted eight graduates and their families and friends from the mentoring and enrichment program.

Seven LBUSD seniors completed a comprehensive three-year mentoring program and one Long Beach City College student finished a two-year program.

“We are so pleased to honor our graduates,” exclaimed CAMEO Chair Debby Mather. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen our students’ confidence grow and they have impressed us with their strength and resilience in this challenging time.

“The mentoring and enrichment program helps our students prepare for and thrive in college,” Mather added. “We are excited to announce that all of the graduates (Brenda Alcantara, Anahi Bedoy, Isabel Tejeda, Logan Pope Wendy Alcala, Leila Lee, Janai McNeil and Amya Hart) will be going on to college this year.”

The program is designed to guide underserved Long Beach high school and community college students through a one-on-one mentoring to help them identify and fulfill their college and career goals. In addition to mentoring, the students attended monthly enrichment workshops and cultural activities.

“Participating in the events, internship, and mentoring has helped our students blossom into strong young adults who show great promise for their futures,” said Mentoring Chair Margaret Warren. “We are so excited to celebrate their amazing accomplishments.”

Students also completed a paid summer internship in partnership with Pacific Gateway and received funds to buy books and academic materials.

Each graduate received a computer and academic scholarship funds. This year, each student received the $1,000 Continuing Education Scholarship and a $2,000 Special Scholarship.

Additional scholarships were awarded to Wendy Alacala, Isabel Tejeda, Brenda Alcantara, Logan Pope and Anahi Bedoy. Three former CAMEO students spoke at the luncheon about what it meant to be in the program: Alvin Avina, Nohelia Gavarrete and Sara Manangon gave inspiring talks. Both Manangon and Gavarrette are giving back and have become mentors with CAMEO as well.

Students benefit from gracious community donations and the involvement of volunteer mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to donate, visit allb.org/cameo.

Seen at the Scene: Patti Brown, 2022-2023 president of Assistance League of Long Beach; CAMEO Liaison Officers JoAnn McDonald and Valorie Hayward; Executive Director of Assistance League of Long Beach Annette Kashiwabara; Jennifer Kumiyama; Office of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. CAMEO’s former chairs were also there: Barbara Jewel, Char Bockholt, Daphne Ching-Jackson, Ginny Baxter, Maria Harris and Naomi Blackmore.

Long Beach Cancer League Gala

There was an enthusiastic crowd of 310 guests at the Long Beach Cancer League’s 45th Annual Gala on June 4. Held at the Museum of Latin American Art, the beautiful event was enhanced by a tour of the museum art, then it was cocktails in the ballroom followed by dinner, wine and the program held at sunset in the sculpture garden.

The event featured “stars” who are people who have a cancer story that is shared with the audience.  Honored this year were: Cindy Gillis, Cynthia Howard, Rena and Todd Johnson (who also won the live prize raffle), Cathy Kopy, Laura Lummer-Sigmon, Melva Miller, Carmen Perez, Jeannette and Louis Rampino, Darick Simpson and Jack Witherspoon. Past Stars were also acknowledged. Overall, the event raised more than $250,000 to support the work of the American Cancer Society, which is dedicated to eliminating cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Seen at the scene: Long Beach Cancer League President Tammy Newland-Shishido and Ken Shishido, Gala Co-Chair Patty and Gary Gadd, Sheryl and Jeff Stewart, Loren and Greg Miner, Sofia Riley, Patti Brown, Georgianna and Allan Kolsky, Jan and Jerry Maize, Julie Kinsbursky and Lissette Flores. Judy McNulty Black and Don Black. (Chair Jennifer Peterson was there in spirit only because of COVID-19.)

  • Stars featured at the Long Beach Cancer League gala, (L-R)...

    Stars featured at the Long Beach Cancer League gala, (L-R) Louis and Jeannette Rampino, Todd and Rena Johnson, Jack Witherspoon, Melva Miller, Cindy Gillis, Cynthia Howard, Carmen Perez, Laura Lummer-Sigmon, Cathy Kopy, Darick Simpson. (Photo by Shirley Wild, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • At the Long Beach Day Nursery, (L-R) Mya Colbert, Isabelle...

    At the Long Beach Day Nursery, (L-R) Mya Colbert, Isabelle Bishop, Deenah Rachad, Angeline Sanchez, Tatum Slaughter, Alessa Salup. (Photo by Shirley Wild, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Representing Children’s Benefit League, (L-R) Philanthropy Chair Judy Cornwall, distributes...

    Representing Children’s Benefit League, (L-R) Philanthropy Chair Judy Cornwall, distributes support to: Ability First April Stover, The Guidance Center Lorraine Lyou and Tricia Costales, John Tracy Center Cathleen Mathes and Annie Levane, The Children’s Dental Health Clinic John Blake and Karen Byrnes, The Children’s Clinic Diane Nichols. (Photo by Shirley Wild, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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Long Beach Day Nursery Tea for Tots

There were 125 attendees at the Tea for Tots, Long Beach Day Nursery’s first in-person fundraiser in years. Attendees enjoyed catching up and an afternoon of educational activity stations hosted by LBDN teachers and live performances from the Jazz Angeles, with the children singing songs. Delicious food and beverages included charcuterie, cookies, hot tea and wine.

The event, in late May, raised close to $25,000, with proceeds going toward programs and services directly benefitting the children and families of LBDN.

Seen at the scene: Jennifer Allen, Debbie Thorpe, Jillian Koehring, Gail Schwandner, Nancy Hays, Jean Bixby Smith, Michael and Eva Soutar, Sandor and Deloris Mayuga, John Pettus, Daphne Ching-Jackson and George Jackson, Michele Dobson, Theresa Landers

Children’s Benefit League Installation

Old Ranch Country Club was the beautiful setting for the June 1 Children’s Benefit League installation meeting, where 2022 donations were distributed to the representatives of various charities.

For many years, the Children’s Benefit League has supported five children’s clinics: The Children’s Clinic, Children’s Dental Health Clinic, The Guidance Center, The John Tracy Center and Ability First.

An early social time was scheduled so that the group was able to catch up with each other.

Members appreciated the chance to chat with the representatives of the clinics to see how they are faring, as they were restricted from visiting during much of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is hoped that visits will be back on track next year, as the members and staff of the clinics enjoy these important visits, which increase the scope of understanding the clinics provide to the underserved in the community. Members were pleased with the amount raised and looked forward to another successful year.

Seen at the scene: Philanthropy Chair Judy Cornwall, distributed support to Ability First, April Stover; The Guidance Center, Lorraine Lyou and Tricia Costales; John Tracy Center, Cathleen Mathes and Annie Levane; The Children’s Dental Health Clinic, John Blake and Karen Byrnes; The Children’s Clinic, Diane Nichols. More attending were Donna Reel, Judy Cornwall, Judy Nichols, Yvonne Placenti, Jeanne Paige-Peterson, Diana Parker, Connie Stewart, Elaine McKay, Donna Buntrock, Harlene Anderson, Susan Arcec, Debbie Welding, Judy Zylstra, Sharon Young, Jana Howe, Sylvia Desmond, Susan Lopez, Barbara Jones, Jean Dayak, Karen Benson, and Rachel Campbell.

At another Children’s Benefit League event, new members hosted a Cinco de Mayo Long Beach Harbor Cruise and lunch at Gladstones. It was a glorious Long Beach day, with sunshine and gentle breezes that sped 30 ladies around the harbor and back to Gladstones for a bountiful buffet lunch. Cherie de Gomez and Donna Luciene chaired the event. Money was raised for the five clinics the league serves.

Seen at the scene: Judy and Bill Nichols, Cherie de Gomez, Donna Luciene, Carole Black, Sharon Young, Connie Stewart, Jona Howe, Nancy Brazo, Desiree Eakin, Donna Betts and Marian Klinger.

News of Social events with charitable purposes may be sent to Shirley Wild at [email protected] or by fax to 562-594-9468. Please include a contact phone number. Send high-resolution jpeg photos, by attachment, to [email protected] and include group name and identification of individuals from left. Call Shirley at 562-594-9468 for more information.