Building Bridges At Camp

Students at a Building Bridges camp.

Cal State Long Beach's president, Dr. Jane Close Conoley, is among the 2019 Humanitarians of the Year to be honored next Thursday, May 16, by the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ).

This is the 56th year CCEJ has hosted the Humanitarian of the Year Awards Dinner. In addition to Conoley, the Rev. Dr. Phyllis Hayes-Reams and Kevin and Jennifer Peterson will receive Humanitarian Awards.

Performance Plus Tires will be given the Building Bridges Award for its contributions to building a inclusive community in Long Beach. Taizin Barnhardt will receive the Henry Meyer Youth Award.

Conoley is the seventh president at Cal State Long Beach, arriving in July 2014. According  to the CCEJ, she has championed a number of causes to promote equity, and has improved graduation rates of all economic and ethnic groups.

Hayes-Reams is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Among her many public service affiliations, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and president-elect for the Rotary Club of Signal Hill.

Kevin and Jennifer Peterson have been married for 32 years and have served on numerous nonprofit boards in Long Beach, including the Long Beach Cancer Society. Taizin Barnhardt is a senior at Wilson High School and has been active there and with the CCEJ to help disadvantaged students.

Performance Plus Tires owners Hank and Joyce Feldman have hosted a food drive for the past 22 years in addition to support for CCEJ's Building Bridges camps and many other Long Beach charities.

The dinner begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets still are available and cost $200 a person. To buy tickets or for more information, call (562) 435-8184 or go to

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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