Long Beach Heritage Boards Queen Mary To Honor Awardees

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Brad Seeley and Rick Hobbs

Join Long Beach Heritage aboard the Queen Mary in the historic Grand Salon on Thursday, February 17 for a special gala event honoring preservationists who have made a significant contribution to the city. Long Beach Heritage’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the 2011 Awards Benefit, kicks off with cocktails and a silent auction full of unique items to bid on. The evening’s festivities conclude with a splendid dinner and the much-anticipated awards ceremony. The program is expected to be top notch, so attendees are encouraged to come early and bring friends and relatives.

Rick Hobbs and Brad Seeley are the Preservationists of the Year. Rick has been involved with Long Beach Heritage since the 1980s. Some of his accomplishments include, working to save the Pacific Coast Club, and helping organize the first Annual Awards Benefit. Rick and Brad own an apartment in the Mid-Century Modern Galaxy Towers and have championed the restoration of buildings of this era. They also have a historic home in the Hollywood Hills where they host LBH members for dinner each year before they go to a concert at the nearby Hollywood Bowl. The pair has spent numerous years refurbishing the house and Brad did much of the work himself. Both Rick and Brad continue to give their time generously to Long Beach Heritage and to preservation efforts in the city.

Other award recipients include:

  • Charlotte Mitchell, Chair of the Bembridge Historic Homesite Committee since 2005, will receive a lifetime achievement award for over twenty years of preservation work.
  • The Mount Carmel Cambodian Center for their continued dedication to maintaining the original exterior and interior of their early 1900s church.
  • Janice Furman and Cameron McLeod (in honor of Olan and Aida Hafley) for the preservation of their Richard Neutra-designed homes.
  • Wendy Harn and Sasha Witte for the ongoing restoration of their 1914 home, which they moved from Ocean Boulevard to East 2nd Street to save it from demolition.
  • Xenia Renatta Izzo for the rehabilitation of a residence that was moved from the site of the Temple Lofts on Locust Avenue to West 4th Street.
  • Gary and Margarita Severns for the restoration of the exterior of a 1927 apartment at 135-43 Hermosa Avenue.
  • The Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation for the restoration and relocation of five historic twentieth century agricultural buildings, as well as protection of the landscaping of the site.
  • Architectural firms Studio One Eleven and Interstices for transforming the Courtyard Lofts on Pine Ave. from two derelict downtown buildings and a parking lot into a striking contemporary structure with a verdant community courtyard.
  • Recognition of the Historic Preservation Element adoption to the Long Beach General Plan, which will help preservationists identify and protect areas, sites, and structures with architectural, historical, cultural, or archaeological significance to the city.

The Long Beach Heritage 2011 Annual Awards Benefit is Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Grand Salon aboard the RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queen Highway. The No host bar and silent auction begin at 6 pm, and Dinner and awards ceremony at 7:15 pm.

Cost for the event is $115 per person; $1,150 for tables of 10, with Hosted Parking (Bring in your parking ticket).

To order tickets or for additional information call (562) 493-7019 or visit www.lbheritage.org to order via Pay Pal.

Long Beach Heritage is a non-profit education and advocacy group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historic and architectural resources and the cultural heritage of Long Beach. Net proceeds for this event will benefit and support the Historic Bembridge House.

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