DLBA to Highlight Downtown Progress and Honor Individuals at Annual Celebrate Downtown Event

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celebrate-downtownThe Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will host its annual Celebrate Downtown event on Thursday, February 7 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the newly completed Promenade between Broadway and 3rd Street. Themed Recognizing the Past, Understanding the Present, and Envisioning the Future, this event will highlight the progress made in Downtown Long Beach in the last year and honor those individuals who were instrumental in that progress.

Two of the most noteworthy Downtown projects were the reactivation of the former Press-Telegram building led by Millworks and the Willmore Heritage Garden spearheaded by Jim Danno and Kathleen Irvine of the Willmore City Heritage Association. Both projects contributed to Downtown Long Beach by revitalizing historic properties while planning for the future.

“It takes the hard work and dedication of our entire community to make the Downtown great,” shared Kraig Kojian, President and CEO of the DLBA. “We are pleased to recognize the significant contributions of both Millworks and the Willmore City Heritage Association. Their leadership and vision are great examples of what it means to embody the Spirit of Downtown.”

The DLBA will present the Spirit of Downtown Award to Millworks’ John and Michelle Molina, Lauren Limbaugh and Kasra Esteghamat, as well as Jim Danno and Kathleen Irvine of the Willmore City Heritage Association. The Spirit of Downtown award is an annual honor given to local leaders whose contributions make Downtown Long Beach a better place to live, work, and visit.

All members of the community are invited to attend this free event that will feature live music from Delta Nove, a weekly staple at Harvelle’s, and food tastings from Promenade Restaurants Congregation Ale House and Beachwood BBQ and Brewery. Guests can also enjoy signature wines selected by The Stave, Beachwood Brewery’s prize winning beers, and have the opportunity to meet representatives from Michael’s Pizzeria, who will have giveaways as they approach their Grand Opening. This is a pet friendly event, and treats will be provided by Pussy and Pooch, another upcoming addition to Downtown Long Beach.

This is a free event; however an RSVP is required to attend. Interested parties should call 562-436-4259. Two hours of free parking will be provided at the City Place parking structure for all guests. Media is invited to attend.

For more information about the DLBA, its programs and events, please visit www.downtownlongbeach.org or call 562-436-4259.

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