The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) is eternally grateful to the Food and Beverage industry for its support and friendship over the past 39 years.
CCEJ is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism in America. CCEJ breaks down the distance between people by promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through education, conflict resolution and advocacy.
CCEJ’s flagship program is our Building Bridges Human Relations Camps. Each year CCEJ takes more than 500 high school students to the mountains for a three-day residential camp program.
The Building Bridges campers engage in open and honest dialogue about human relations issues related to race and culture and examine how these issues impact their schools. These diverse groups of students develop skills in team-building, conflict resolution and effective communication.
Each camp culminates with students making a personal, sustainable commitment to reduce violence and promote an inclusive community at school in their neighborhoods. Professional, external evaluation shows that Building Bridges increases students self-esteem, reduces prejudice and encourages students to be advocates for positive human relations in their schools. Put simply, Building Bridges opens minds.
For the last 39 years CCEJ has been privileged to receive the support of the Food and Beverage industry by hosting a Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Each year, CCEJ recognizes three outstanding humanitarians from the industry for their spirit of philanthropy, good will and contribution to the community.
Each year the Food and Beverage Industries’ Humanitarian Awards Dinner raises funds to support CCEJ’s critical work, including raising enough funds to support a full Building Bridges Camp. The cost to take 135 high school students to camp is $40, 000
This year we honor three deserving individuals:
- Kevin Davis, President & CEO, Bristol Farms;
- Walter Cybulski, Director or Retail-Grocery, PepsiCo; and
- Willie Crocker, Senior Portfolio Development Manager, BBU/Earthgrains Baking Company.
The dinner is Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Hilton-Anaheim and will be chaired by former Humanitarian Award recipient Jim Lee, who recently retired from Stater Bros. Markets.
Please support CCEJ and help honor these humanitarians by attending, donating in their honor, or supplying an auction item. For further information, please contact Katherine McIlquham at (562) 435-8184 or visit www.cacej.org.