Port of Long Beach Awards $440K to Local Community Groups


To raise awareness about maritime trade and promote social responsibility, the Port of Long Beach sponsors many community events, such as the Daisy Avenue Parade. Image courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded $440,650 in sponsorships to 100 local organizations promoting causes including the arts, environment, social justice and historic preservation, it was announced last week.

The Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) community sponsorship program aims to educate and engage the public about the port’s vital role in international trade while showing its commitment to being a responsible neighbor.

The board approved a $1 million sponsorship budget for the 2018 fiscal year that began October 1.

Organizations can submit their request for funding twice a year in September and March. The Cambodia Town Culture Festival, the American Cancer Society’s Long Beach Cancer League Gala, Fourth Fridays on Fourth Street and the International City Theatre’s Free Saturday Family Theatre Series were events sponsored by this call, according to the release.

“Programs like this show our commitment to serving the public and promoting groups and events that make Long Beach a better place to live and work,” Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum said in a statement. “Our community sponsorships provide our staff with opportunities to interact with residents who may not know their Port brings them many of the goods they use every day and the Port supports more than a million jobs around the country.”

At select sponsored events, staff members of the port attend to provide information about the POLB. As part of a sponsorship agreement, recipients also give the port promotional opportunities at events.

For more information about the sponsorship program visit the link here

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. In her off-work hours she has competed in cycling races in Milan, Barcelona, Seoul and Brooklyn.