Gala event offers preview of Long Beach Unity Festival

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unity festival gala fundraiserThe Annual Gala and Entertainment Showcase to benefit the Long Beach Unity Festival (LBUF) will take place this Thursday, April 29 with the theme “Creating Community Collaborations.”

The Gala Event, with guest emcees Mike Murray, Director of Govt. and External Affairs for Verizon, and Barry Fasman, Multi-Platinum Music Producer, will feature live entertainment from some of the top performers of the 2009 Long Beach Unity Festival, as well as a sneak preview of the 2010 Festival hopefuls.

Dynamic performances will be given by the Cabrillo High School Dance Company and the Unity Singers, featuring guest recording artists Cheron Wright, Stefana, Dean Givens, and Producer Barry Fasman.

Other highlights of the Gala include a Unity Fashion Show with guest models from the Long Beach Community including Teresa Gomez (LB Human Dignity), Tim Lee (Office of Congresswoman Laura Richardson), Bishop Todd Ervin (Church One of LB), First Lady Nancy Foster, City of Long Beach, and others, with designer apparel provided by Tiffany’s Boutique, 6549 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.

Deborah Goldfarb (Exec. Director, Jewish Federation of Long Beach & Orange Co.), Dr. Felton Williams (VP, LBUSD School Board), and Tony Pope (Supervisor, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park) will each receive special recognition during the Gala as they are honored with the 2010 Unity Influencers Award for their excellence in partnership and service to the LBUF organization. Honorary Gala Event Co-Chairs are Mr. Walter Florie, President – The Miller Foundation, and Congresswoman Laura Richardson, 37th District—CA.

The timing of this year’s Unity Festival Gala is noteworthy as the date also marks the 18-year anniversary of the historic Rodney King incident which resulted in violence, riots, and turbulent times all across the cities of L.A. and Long Beach. The incident was the catalyst for the creation of the Long Beach Unity Festival by its founder and CEO Steve Adams, as a means to promote peace, reconciliation, and diversity throughout the city.

The Annual Gala and Entertainment Showcase to benefit the Long Beach Unity Festival will take place this Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow Street in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Unity Festival is the culmination of a year-long series of events and enrichment programs, including High School and Community-wide talent auditions. These activities are designed to encourage people of all ages, ethnicities, social, and economic backgrounds to unify their communities through positive Music and the Arts, while inspiring them to realize their potential.This year’s Free Festival takes place over two days–June 12 & 13 at the Rainbow Lagoon Park, in partnership with Charter College of Long Beach.

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