Leadership Long Beach shines bright heading into its 30th year

A generation of local leadership and civic engagement will be in the spotlight Saturday night as Leadership Long Beach celebrates its 30th anniversary. With over 1,300 alumni and 30 years of growing local leaders and mentoring community members from across the city, Leadership Long Beach’s gala event, “Night of a Thousand Lights,” will celebrate decades of weaving together the community, under a woven canopy of lights illuminating The Streets district of Downtown Long Beach.

Event tickets are available for online purchase through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and can also be purchased at the event on Saturday evening, June 8. A registration table will be located on Third Street between Table 301 and Portuguese Bend restaurants.

Over 400 alumni, community leaders and supporters are expected to fill the Downtown Long Beach streets between Third and Fourth Streets, north of The Promenade, to commemorate the milestone and feature the impact and achievements of the nonprofit organization over the past three decades.

A “1,000 Lights” canopy will also be unveiled, stretched above the street area to symbolize the 1,000-plus alumni who have participated in Leadership Long Beach programs. A Leadership Walk containing a series of street graphics and posters will recognize the 14 leadership principles that are key elements to all of Leadership Long Beach’s programs. Finally, a mural to inspire everyone to “Be a Leader in Long Beach,” will list all leadership program class years, alumni and include 30th Anniversary partners.

Guests will enjoy food provided by local restaurants and shops in the Downtown space. Anchored by Table 301 and the new Portuguese Bend, cuisine will be featured from BurgerIm, Ammatoli, Poki Cat and Loose Leaf Boba Company with desserts from Pie Bar, Romeo’s Chocolate and Thickshake Factory. The evening’s entertainment will include music from the Jazz Angels and aerial and street performances by Aerial Butterflies throughout the evening.

Leadership Long Beach was founded in 1989 by some of our community’s most influential and visionary stakeholders. Thirty years later, graduates serve the community through visible leadership positions in all sectors and at every level. Leadership Long Beach has four principled leadership programs—Institute, Youth Leadership Long Beach, Executive Leadership Series and Leadership Foundations—and also offers continual leadership and networking opportunities throughout the year. More information is available at their website.

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