John Morris has done it again.
Her creative talents and enthusiastic organization, combined with a strong sense of community, produce outstanding results for charities. On the eve of Independence Day, he presented the 2022 Big Bang on the Bay, benefiting Children Today. This charity helps families and their young children in need achieve stability and success.
“We are grateful that John and the Boathouse have chosen our organization to support,” said Children Today Executive Director Pamela Austin.
The Big Bang event has grown every year since its inception in 2011.
In addition to the boathouse and patio, with sidewalk and dockside seating, there was a block party. Naples Rib Company hosted the block party and the first VIP tent – and the crowd, estimated at around 1,000, had a blast. Many neighboring houses also enjoyed the view during parties. Owners also contribute to offset the costs.
Bruce DD McCrae led a prayer and thanksgiving. Dennis Lord again held aerial displays which culminated in Tiger Squadron’s “Freedom Break” formation. A cheer went up as the 100ft fireworks barge entered the bay. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Seen on stage: Michael Chun, Board Member of Children Today; Kadee and Rick Lorenzen; Ned and Barbara Gaylord with their family; Gary and Patty Gad; Gail and Jim Gray; Heather and Al Moro, Jane Netherton and Jerry Bloeser; Jayne Lastusky and Craig Dougherty; Loree Scarborough and Dennis McConkey; John and Betsy Metcalfe; Margie and Jim Penny; Joanne and Dean Barlow; Dr. Kathy Tanaka and Joel Davidson; Dr. Toni Long and Ronald Stockdale; Therese Lemieux, Gary Johnson; Stacy Bryant and Scott Southron; Brendan and Katie Diette; Nikki and Warren Chenier; C. Thomas Ruppert; Jean Michelle Cros; Joan Venditozzi. At the first table of the Long Beach Convention Bureau were Troy Karnoff, Juan Luis Karnoff, Anthony Mancuso, Ron and Patrice Mancuso, Jesi and Bobbie Diekmann, Jackie and Jeff Forney with young Matthew.
Long Beach Symphony at the Boathouse
Nearly 800 people stirred and shook as they danced enthusiastically along with the Long Beach Symphony.
Morris, owner of Boathouse on the Bay, hosted “A Totally ’80s Dance Party” in Alamitos Bay on June 12 in support of the symphony. All proceeds benefit music education programs provided by the symphony to LBUSD classrooms.
Spectators turned out in droves for a beautiful day on Alamitos Bay for the festivities kicked off with the funky 70s sounds of King Salmon and the Funk Yard Horns, which had the audience dancing in preparation for the main event.
After a brief intermission, the Long Beach Symphony took the stage with REWIND, the six-piece rock band of the 80s. the orchestra.
Proceeds from the event will support the Long Beach Symphony’s award-winning music education and outreach programming, which reaches more than 29,000 students and educators in the Long Beach Unified School District each year. Programs include visits by symphonic ensembles in second and third graders and free concerts at the Terrace Theater for fourth and fifth graders.
Seen on stage: Kelly Ruggirello, John Morris, Suzie Price, Jane Netherton and Jerry Bloeser, Craig Dougherty and Jayne Lastusky, Loree Scarborough and Dennis McConkey, Melanie Wertz, Clyde and Susan Kendzierski, Joan Venditozzi, Michelle Dobson, Jean Bixby Smith, Barbara Blackwell, Barbara and Ned Gaylord and his family Marni Gaylord, Candace and Tom Nantais, Susan Nantais, Karen Autrey, DeDe Rossi, Phyllis Covey, Darick Simpson, Katie Harrington and her daughters Aila and Elsie, members of the CSULB Savana Chacon volleyball team, Callie Swarzenbach, Katie Kennedy, Morgan Chacon.
Memorial Women’s Hospital League
The Memorial Women’s Hospital League held its installation on June 8 at the Long Beach Yacht Club. New directors were installed over lunch by Jeanne Contreras. Five new members were also welcomed, including Loretta Curry, Norma Goguen-Krakoff, Susan Masero and Marilyn Rodriguez.
A recent fundraising raffle raised more than $4,000, which will be used to purchase new books. The organization has been providing “Baby Books” since its inception. The goal is to educate young families about the importance of reading and early literacy. A new book for the program – “Rock a Bye Baby Reader” – was presented at the luncheon. Miryam Fernandez, Valorie Cameron and the book committee noted that the images depict multicultural families of all sizes and include selected nursery rhymes and more advice for parents on how to read and talk with their babies.
The book also has a Spanish equivalent with authentic literature.
Seen on stage: Mary Alice Braly, former president and current parliamentarian, has been part of the group since its inception. Also present were MMC Foundation Major Gifts Director (Hospital Liaison), Cathy Weider, President Roxanne Korzeniowski, Bea Almada, Valorie Cameron, Jean Stone, Margie Rodriguez, Miryam Fernandez, Judy Bogart, Mary Pat Sabol, Nancy Hill, Susan Masero.
Auxiliary at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach
The Long Beach Auxiliary of Miller Children’s Hospital celebrated its 77th annual reunion and installation of its officers on June 21. There were 50 members at the Long Beach Yacht Club when President Roxie Hause was installed.
“Healing Hearts” was adopted as the band’s new theme. “Hearts” represents “healing, encouragement, wonder, respect, reflection and achievement,” said Parliamentarian Linda Dilday. In keeping with the “Healing Hearts” theme, Past President Leslie Sclauch thanked members for their support and noted that healing is needed for everyone involved in the hospital during the pandemic.
Carol England introduced four new members with pins: Carol Bliss, Kathy Green, Gloria Villalobos and Meagan Flynn. Additional rubies have been added to the pins of Mary Jo Crites, Cheryl Rodi, Beverly Crawford, Barbara Cortez, Maryann Dilday, Bob Milich, Nancy Piazza, Betty Johnson, Sally Lane and Gloria Neal. Those who received diamonds for their pins were Lucille Basye, Lisa Maloney, Jane Nielson, Patt Allen, Luz Shaw, Vicki Firestone, Lois Fleischhuller, Shirley Dement, Pat Peters, Kathy, Milich, Jeanette, Gillies, Leslie Sclauch, Carol England and Margie. Penny. Luz’s daughters, Amy Salazar and Alana Kaleikini, were on hand to receive her diamond in memory of her.
The group generously donated $96,000 – from Donna Rogers and products from the gift shop – to spend on the new teen gymnasium at the Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village. They also donated $200,000 for the Children’s Village, which came from the Auxiliary account.
Seen on stage: Carol England, Kathy Milich, Margie Penny, Jane, Nielsen Jane Lensch, Marvel Domski, Sally Lane, Linda Dilday, Sandy Strouse, Maryann Dilday, Shannon Aguilar, Jeannette Gillies and Lisa Maloney.
Fore the Kids Golf Tournament 2022
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach hosted their Fore the Kids Golf Tournament on May 23 at the Virginia Country Club. Enterprise was the presenting sponsor, ensuring the event was a huge success and generating record revenue of over $155,000.
Other sponsors who also participated in the tournament include US Bank, Crash Champions, Patterson Construction, Signal Hill Construction, Hydroform USA, South Bay Lexus, Yusen Terminals, Pacific Western Bank, Valero, FLUOR, Bryson Financial and American Business Bank.
Chet Jablonski’s team took the title, while the South Bay Lexus group came second. All golfers enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Clubhouse. The coin toss was the talk of the tournament, with one golfer walking away with an 85-inch LED Smart TV and another with a giant cooler filled with spirits from Long Beach’s own Portuguese Bend.
Seen on stage: Mitchell Shenkin, David Wolf, Carlos Delherra, Ken Grier, Randy Turnbow, Tony Chukuka, Howard Chapman, Chet Jablonski, Dan Munzer, Mitch Wright, Tom Chew, Bill Phillips, Bruce Patterson, Seamus McDonald, Ken Bentley, Larry Stewart, Sean Miller , Digran Khalili, Robert Renteria, Brian Bradler, Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Diana Rodriguez, Rick Bryson, Matt Knabe, Rick LaPierre, Irv Miller, Andy Zar, Eric Springer, Mike Gillespie, Jill McCullough, Jim Bunnell and Fred Abdelnour.
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