Long Beach Day Nursery Recognized as “Unsung Hero” by California Community Foundation

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unsung-heros-lbdnLong Beach Day Nursery (LBDN) was recently recognized by The California Community Foundation (CCF) and The Eisner Foundation as they celebrated the power and impact of philanthropy. Fifteen Southern California nonprofits were honored for their outstanding achievements with the inaugural “Unsung Hero” awards. The recognition was accompanied by cash awards for each honoree.

Actor and CCF donor Noah Wyle hosted the Unsung Heroes event, which recognized nonprofits for their innovation, resilience and impact in improving the quality of life for low-income L.A. residents in five areas: the arts, education, health care, human development and neighborhood revitalization. Long Beach Day Nursery was one of just three organizations honored in the education category, and the only honoree from the entire South Bay/Long Beach area.

“Now is the time to support organizations like these, especially as demand for their services grows and resources are cut short,” said Jane B. Eisner, president of The Eisner Foundation and chair emeritus of CCF’s board of directors. “We hope that the awards will play a part in helping them do what they do best — serve the most vulnerable people in our communities and ultimately create a more vibrant society.”

Representing LBDN that evening were Executive Director Patrice Wong, Director of Development and Communication Eileen Factor, Board Chair Jonathan Gotz and Board Chair-Elect Brian Russell.

“It was truly an honor and privilege to have been recognized among so many amazing organizations doing such righteous work. It was an inspirational evening,” said Ms. Wong. “Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and board members who make Long Beach Day Nursery the incredible place that it is.”

The mission of Long Beach Day Nursery is to provide quality early care and education for young children of working families. Celebrating its 97th year and founded in 1912 by Mrs. Florence Bixby, LBDN continues its proud tradition of providing the finest in early childhood education to children of all income levels, has the distinction of being the oldest early care and education program in Long Beach, and is one of the oldest in the State.

This video from the California Community Foundation shows the three nominees for the Unsung Heroes award in Education, including Long Beach Day Nursery. For more information and videos about the Unsung Heros awards, visit the CCF website http://www.calfund.org/learn/unsungheroes2009.php.

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