Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team Accepting Nominations For “Long Beach Heroes”

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Fashioned after the CNN Heroes program, a few thousand dollars will be handed out to unsung heroes at a dinner/awards ceremony hosted by Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (C.A.T.). The event is simply called “Long Beach Heroes” and is funded by CAT’s Long Beach Turkey Trot. Semi-finalists won’t be revealed until the event.

At last year’s event, about 140 guests attended the dinner ceremony in the concert hall at Bay Shore Church at 5100 E. The Toledo in Belmont Shore. The public is welcome to attend for $10 at the door, if they RSVP to Justin@JustinRud.com by Sat., Jan. 26.

The semi-finalists will be contacted and will be introduced by their nominators at the event. Nominators and nominees will be revealed to the public for the first time during the event. After a pasta dinner, each nominator will be given 3-5 minutes on-stage to share with the judges and assembled audience why their nominee should be recognized as a Long Beach Hero. Judges will include a diverse group of the most outstanding volunteers with the Community Action Team.

At the conclusion of the evening, Heroes will be presented with $500 or $1,000 checks to continue doing the work they do in our community. A Hero of the Year will also be announced.

For the nomination process that ends Jan. 22, Rudd asks the public:

DO YOU HAVE a relative, a friend or a co-worker who is having a big impact in the Long Beach area? In every neighborhood, there are “unsung heroes” – volunteers and paid professionals who go well beyond their expected duties. Perhaps the person you nominate is active in education, the environment, animal welfare, youth or sports. Or, maybe there is no one “category” for which the person champions. We want to know about people you think should be recognized. WE WANT TO recognize the unsung heroes and help them to financially continue doing what they are doing.

The Community Action Team puts on 70+events, contests and projects each year. A few of their other events include the Long Beach Turkey Trot, the Miss Long Beach Pageant, the monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups, the Bulldog Beauty Contest and the Haute Dog Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade.


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