This is an archived copy of the Long Beach Cares ( website created by Lorenzo Gigliotti in Sept. 2005. Originally designed to raise awareness of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and aggregate the diverse fundraising and special events which took place in Long Beach California to aid victims of Katrina, it also became the official historical chronicle for the Long Beach Cares - Long Beach, CA Helping Long Beach, MS program established by the City of Long Beach, California (under the direction of Lindsay Shields) to help begin the rebuilding effort of Long Beach, Mississippi. This program ended in Sept. 2006 but to find out more about the continuing needs of Long Beach, MS visit:   
Note: this archived website's URL is ".net" - because the ".org" now serves a new purpose. Dates contained in this archived website refer to 2005 and 2006.
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Long Beach kids helping the Relief Effort - Pennies, nickels and dimes - Piggy banks and baggies of spare change!

Photo Courtesy of Press Telegram
If you or your organization is planning events to help those affected by recent disasters, please let us know about it and we'll post it here. Send an email with all of the details. (From major fundraisers to lemonade stands -- we want to post it!)

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6/27	Municipal Band concert: Whaley Park
6/28	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
6/29	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
6/30	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
7/4  	Pier Day
7/4	Municipal Band concert: Ocean/Shoreline
7/5	Eat & Shop Downtown: 
	Support Long Beach Cares Campaign:  
	(Downtown DLBA participation)
7/5	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
7/6	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
7/7	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
7/10	Lecture Series: Aquarium of the Pacific 
	(Long Beach Cares produced events)
	See details below
7/12	Eat & Shop Downtown: 
	Support Long Beach Cares Campaign
7/12	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
7/12-15 	The Mayor's Cup
7/13	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
7/14	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
7/17	Lecture Series: Aquarium of the Pacific -- See details below
7/18	Municipal Band concert: Bixby Park
7/19	Eat & Shop Downtown: 
	Support Long Beach Cares Campaign
7/19	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
7/20	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
7/21	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
7/24	Charity Golf Tournament at Recreation Park -- See details below
7/24	Lecture Series: Aquarium of the Pacific -- See details below
7/25	Eat & Shop Downtown: Support Long Beach Cares Campaign
7/25	Municipal Band concert: Whaley Park
7/26	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
7/27	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
7/28	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
7/29-30	Dragon Boat Festival
7/31	Lecture Series: Aquarium of the Pacific -- See details below
8/1	Municipal Band concert: Bixby Park
8/2	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
8/3	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
8/4	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
8/8	Municipal Band concert: Bixby Park
8/9	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
8/10	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
8/11	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park
8/12	Zydeco Evening at 245 W. Broadway Plaza
8/12  	Sand Sculpture Championship
8/15	Municipal Band concert: Bixby Park
8/16	Municipal Band concert: Los Cerritos Park
8/17	Municipal Band concert: Marine Stadium
8/18	Municipal Band concert: El Dorado Park

Long Beach Cares Lecture Series
The Aquarium of the Pacific -- 4 Monday Evenings in July
(1 remaining) Topics are:
  • July 31, 2006
    Long Beach— A Tale of Two Cities: Long Beach, MS and Long Beach, CA— They Share More Than A Name
    Mayor Billy Skellie, Long Beach, MS and Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach, CA will be participating.
WHERE: Honda Theater, Aquarium of the Pacific
WHEN: Mondays, July 10 – 31, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
COST: Suggested donation of $7.
All proceeds go to Long Beach, MS
This does not include Aquarium admission as the galleries will close at 6:00 p.m. RSVP: Advance reservations required. Call (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
Click for details... (PDF)

Ongoing Collections
California State University
1250 Bellflower Bl.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Currently the California State University, Long Beach is working with the American Red Cross to collect money. We currently have three locations on campus the Outpost (lower campus cafe), the Bookstore (upper campus), and the student library in the Nursing Building (west side of campus). The Red Cross currently writing vouchers for displaced individuals/families so the money is being used to help them out. The office of Program Council (562)985-5342 is putting on several events in October in conjunction with making collections.

Ongoing Collection
Collection of items for evacuees locating to LB area

Monday thru Friday 10am-2pm - (Evacuees need to call for a time)
Christian Outreach in Action
515 E Third St, LB , CA 90802

"Refugees are coming to the greater Long Beach area to stay with their families, but they have nothing. The Red Cross has asked COA to be an official donation center to help these individuals."

Ongoing Collection
Friends of Long Beach Animals Help Katrina's Animal Victims

Friends of Long Beach Animals has announced it is collecting donations to help toward the assistance of Hurricane Katrina's animal victims. 100% of the donations will go where they are most needed in the disaster area.

Please mark checks "Katrina Relief Fund" and mail to FOLBA, P.O. Box 92736, Long Beach CA 90809. Website -

Below is an archive of events that have already taken place.

Fundraiser Reception - Hosted by John Morris at Smooth's Sports Grille
July 19, 2006

Mayor Bob Foster Speaking at the Long Beach Cares Fundraiser Reception
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Long Beach Cares Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, July 24, 2006 - 1 p.m.
Recreation Park Golf Course

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Long Beach Cares Lecture Series
The Aquarium of the Pacific -- 4 Monday Evenings in July

Topics are:
  • July 24, 2006
    The Multiple Dimensions of Disaster Preparedness, Response and Rebuilding— Why Are We Such Slow Learners?
    David McKinnie, Coordinator, NOAA Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Program and Dr. Gavin Smith, Director, Office of Recovery and Renewal, Mississippi Office of the Governor

  • July 10, 2006
    Setting The Stage for Increasing Natural Disaster— The Interplay of Natural Events and an Increasing Population Living in Harm’s Way
    Asif Shaikh and Timothy Knight, International Resources Group

  • July 17, 2006
    The Story of Katrina and What She Left Behind in the Gulf
    Dr. Joseph Suhayda, Professor Emeritus, LSU and Kerry M. St. Pé, Program Director, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Click for details... (PDF)

Spirit Can Contributions
Sept. 17, 2005 - During Games on Saturday
AYSO 177 teams El Dorado Park
Whaley Park
Marina Vista Park
Hill Middle School
Stanford Middle School

On Sept. 17, AYSO 177 teams, fans & volunteers will support the hurricane relief efforts by donating all Spirit Can contributions to the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross. Donations may also be made at a specially marked table on Picture Day, Sept. 17. Please give generously to this very important effort! For more information, send an email to

People can contribute at any game at El Dorado, Whaley, Hill, Stanford or Marina Vista this Saturday.

From coast to coast – Long Beach, CA to Long Beach, MS
September 17th from 8-11pm - Saturday
Portfolio Coffeehouse
2300 E 4TH St, Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 434-2486

In an effort to make a small contribution to the hurricane relief efforts, Portfolio Coffeehouse has “adopted” a family in Long Beach, Mississippi. With the help of “Raindog”, our poet and musician in residence here at Portfolio, we are organizing an evening of music and spoken word in order to raise funds to help this family. The following musicians have donated their time: Andrew Lunts, Chris Boyle, Raindog, Shane Gooding and TK Major.

Portfolio Coffeehouse will donate all proceeds from this evening directly to the Seghers family. Tim Dunham, a former employee of Portfolio Coffeehouse, and Robert McLain, Assistant Professor of History, California State University of Fullerton, flew to Mississippi on their own funds and are there right now helping the family to rebuild their home

Operation Lifeline
Sept. 17, 2005 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parking Lot J.
Long Beach City College (Carson St. & Clark Ave.)

Its purpose is to raise funds for those who have survived the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, as well as to welcome some of those who have taken shelter in the Long Beach area. The program is being sponsored by the Press-Telegram, the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross, and by Long Beach City College. The program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will take place in the college's Parking Lot J. More details will be forthcoming in your Press-Telegram in the days ahead. Meanwhile, should you wish to volunteer to assist in staging the event, please call columnist Tom Hennessy at (562) 499-1270.

Raindog Performs
Proceeds go to support relief efforts
Sept. 20 - Tuesday night
The PIKE Bar & Grill
1836 E. 4th St., LB

Raindog Performs
Proceeds go to support relief efforts
Sept. 28 - 6 PM - Wednesday
LB Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., LB

"I play music around Long Beach and I have been collecting donations this month (Sept.) for the Red Cross and a family that a group of us have "adopted" down in Long Beach, MS. Anyone who'd like to help a truly grassroots operation can come and hear me play..."

The Children’s Dental Health Clinic Mobile Dental Clinic Van Leaves for Louisiana
Thursday - September 22nd at 3pm
Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

The Children’s Dental Health Clinic (CDHC) is sending its Mobile Dental Clinic van to Louisiana to help children receive much needed oral healthcare. On Thursday September 22nd at 3pm the Mobile Dental Clinic will depart from Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for hurricane Katrina disaster-torn Louisiana. Doctor John L. Blake, Dental Director of the CDHC will be driving the RV-sized Clinic to the New Orleans area. He will be accompanied by Doctor Lynn Fasnacht, Board President of the Children’s Dental Foundation and Dr. James Blake, the Dental Director’s identical twin and Board advisor. They hope to drive the 1700 miles in less than 3 days, and coordinate with the Louisiana Dental Association and the University of Louisiana Dental School to send the Mobile to the most needy places. The Mobile will remain in Louisiana for about 3 months, with plans to screen and treat children there. Don Knabe, 4th District Supervisor and LA Care have generously provided for the dental van and have given the “go-ahead” for this project. Contact: Amy Kishaba, Children's Dental Health Clinic, 562.933.2501 ...every child deserves to smile!

4th Annual Walk for Hope
September 24, 2005 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

The 2005 Walk for Hope presented by Be the Cause

Would you like to do something fun and inspiring, and at the same time create actual change on the planet? On Saturday, September 24 we will Walk for Hope at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. Unlike other walk-a-thons, this Walk for Hope contains hundreds of powerful quotes, inspiring activities and new hope for a better world.

The entire Walk is also free. This includes free lunch and free t-shirt. Participants do however have the option of making a donation or raising funds for one of several humanitarian organizations. One beneficiary will be Operation USA, a Los-Angeles based nonprofit providing medical aid to the poorest hurricane victims by assisting nonprofit health care clinics in the affected region . 100% of proceeds raised will be distributed to the selected beneficiaries.

Register Now for the 4th Annual Walk for Hope
Date: September 24, 2005 | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Distance: 5 Kilometers (3 Miles)
Location: El Dorado East Regional Park
7550 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA [map]
Registration Fee: The entire walk is free. You have the option of making a donation to a non-profit organization of your choice when you register.
Register at:

Hurricane Relief Fundraisin' Football @ Vet Stadium!
September 24th, 2005 - Saturday
12:00pm (Noon)
Long Beach City College
Veteran's Memorial Stadium
(562) 938-4018
5000 E Lew Davis St
Long Beach, CA 90808
(On the corner of Conant and Clark) Conant is one block south of Carson Street

The LONG BEACH LIONS will play their next home game and donate the proceeds to the SALVATION ARMY at half time of the game with an on field ceremony.

Tickets: $10.00 adults, under 12 years Free…..Proceeds go to KATRINA disaster relief.

Opponent: Inglewood Blackhawks (2004 California Football League champions)


A community based adult football team currently in their third season. With an undefeated preseason and a current 3 and 1 league record they find themselves in the thick of the battle for the League title. The Inglewood Blackhawks are currently tied with the Lions with an identical 3 and 1 record. The game promises to be one of the best of the season.

At the start of the 2005 season 12 teams from the California Football Association banned together to form an AAA division within the organization and play under the banner of the L.C.F.L. The champion of the west division will play the champion of the 12-team east coast division comprised of teams from the northeast United States in January at the Home Depot Center for the overall league championship.

The roster of the LONE BEACH LIONS includes mostly young men from the area and surrounding communities; that wish to pursue their football ambitions or continue a career in football after college. The Arena and N.F.L. scouts regularly scout the Lions players for talent.

Come out and contribute to a good cause and enjoy a great game!

For up to date information visit our website at or call Allen at (310) 490-0994

Hurricane Katrina Survivors Interviewed
on “Heart to Heart”

Long Beach Community Television LBCTV
Sept. 20 - Tuesday
Sept. 27 - Tuesday
Oct. 4 - Tuesday
Oct. 5 - Wednesday

“Heart to Heart,” Long Beach Community Television’s most intimate and eclectic interview show, will air a special half-hour interview with Hurricane Katrina Survivor Brandy Forbes and her godmother, Long Beach resident Theresa King, who “rescued” Brandy and her three children from New Orleans after Katrina hit the city.

Brandy Forbes, a medical assistant and nursing student, appears with her son Rosheen (8), daughters Mya (6) and Meagan (1), all of whom arrived in Long Beach with only the clothes on their backs after forced evacuation from their home and a harrowing journey from Baton Rouge to Houston.

Rosheen and Mya are now enrolled in Garfield Elementary School in Long Beach, and the family faces integrating themselves into a new and unfamiliar city while dealing with the grief and shock of losing their homes and former lives in Louisiana.

Theresa King has opened her home to Brandy and her family as well as other friends and family members who have found themselves homeless because of Katrina, straining her already limited resources. The show includes an appeal from Ms. King, Ms. Forbes and host Lorelai Kude to Long Beach viewers for material help for this displaced family.

Those with interest in contacting Theresa King and Brandy Forbes to offer them assistance can reach them at (562) 490-2705.

“Heart to Heart” featuring Hurricane Katrina Survivors Brandy Forbes and her family will debut on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. on LBCTV (Charter Communications Channels 65/69/95).

The show will re-air on Tuesday, September 27th and Tuesday, October 4th on LBCTV at 6:30 p.m. It will also appear on Charter Communications Channel 3 on Wednesday, October 5th at 5:00 p.m.

“Heart to Heart,” hosted by Lorelai Kude, airs Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Long Beach Community Television (LBCTV) Charter Communications Channel 65 (digital), 69 (analogue), 95 (cable-ready sets) Contact: Executive Producer Lorelai Kude at (562) 221-1703

The Aquarium of the Pacific
Hurricane Katrina Relief Night

Sept. 30 - 6 to 10 p.m. Friday,
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief.
Interfaith Blessing of the Animals & NEW Vigil for Katrina Animals
Sat., Oct. 2, noon,

Bring your pets, no charge, various faith leaders. or 562/439-3316

Garfield Elementary
"Kids Helping Kids" Dollar Drive

Through Sept.30, 2005
Garfield Elementary School
2240 Baltic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810
Ph (562) 424-8167
Fax (562) 595-8823

Garfield Elementary has been conducting a "Kids Helping Kids" dollar drive. Our goal was for each student to bring in $1 with a goal of $1,000. Many classroom teacher's are matching whatever amount their class brings in. The dollar drive is to last through the month of September. As of today, the families and students of the Garfield community have raised over $1200. not counting the matching funds yet. We are very proud and thrilled to be able to offer this help. We will be sending it directly to the cities and groups that are prouding schooling for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Donna McKeehan
Principal at Garfield

"All That Jazz" Food Finders gala benefit at the Museum of Latin American Art
Saturday 8 October 2005
Will Help Support Katrina Victims and Local People in Need

Saturday 8 October 2005 — MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach
"All That Jazz" Food Finders gala benefit at the Museum of Latin American Art
Featuring Al Williams and his band, 5:30 to midnight
Includes dinner with wine, prizes, auctions and dancing.
$100 per ticket. Tax Deductible.
Call (562) 598-3003 for information and reservations.

La Parolacccia - Fundraiser for the American Red Cross
Monday - October 3rd
Monday - October 10th

La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana in Long Beach would like to acknowledge that our hearts go out to the people in New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina and the events of its aftermath. To show solidarity with our fellow Americans and to reach out and help we have decided to offer the proceeds of all dinner sales for the next four Mondays (09/19, 09/26, 10/3, 10/10) to the charities assisting in the recovery efforts.

So come out and enjoy a great meal at our Restaurant and help a great cause at the same time! This is the time for all humanity to come together and we want to do our part "La Parolaccia Osteria" style.

For more information please call us at the restaurant.

2945 East Broadway
Long Beach, California 90803
(562) 438-1235

Press-Telegram Career Fair
Special focus on those displaced by Hurricane Katrina in Long Beach

Tuesday October 11, 2005 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m
Long Beach Hyatt, 200 Pine Ave.

"...Press-Telegram has been conducting its semi-annual Career Fair for the past six years. An event in which a low turnout is not necessarily bad — it may indicate a healthy economy — the fair has drawn from 500 to 3,000 participants. But this year's Job Fair, which takes place Tuesday at the Long Beach Hyatt, 200 Pine Ave. (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), will have an added dimension.

The fair, as usual, will be for all those looking for new employment. But there also will be a special focus on those who have come into the Long Beach area after losing their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina.

To help reach those individuals, the Press-Telegram has entered a special partnership with the Salvation Army."

Benefit Poetry Reading for Hurricane Relief
October 13, 7 - 9 p.m.
Long Beach Museum of Art
Lane Oceanview Gallery
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803

The Museum is hosting a special Thursday Salon featuring poetry readings by nine notable authors and poets to raise funds for hurricane relief. All proceeds from the door will be donated to AmeriCares Humanitarian Lifeline to the World, providing the Gulf Coast with much needed medical supplies, nutritional supplements, bottled water, and personal care items.

Katrina Disaster Benefit sponsored by the Southern California Blues Society
October 23, 2005 - Sunday
Noon till 9 PM
The Blue Cafe
210 The Promenade
Long Beach

The Southern California Blues Society will sponsor a Katrina Disaster Benefit on Sunday, October 23rd at The Blue Cafe located at 210 The Promenade in Long Beach from noon till 9 PM. We are requesting a $5. minimum donation.

Featured performers who have generously donated their time and talent to the cause are Aunt Kizzy's Boyz,The Bernie Pearl Blues Band, Big Rockin' Daddy & The Usual Suspects, Bubba & The Big Bad Blues with the NOLA All Star band featuring many native LA/MS musicians, The Delgado Brothers with John 'Juke' Logan, Dennis Jones, Elnora & Sumpthin' Cookin', The Forty-Fours, Lady Star & The Bustin' Loose Blues Band, The Mama's Boys, Teddy Lee Hooker and many special guests.

Many victims of Hurricane Katrina have been relocated to Los Angeles and it's surrounding areas and are being housed by the LA Dream Center. Please visit their website for a complete listing of needed items, which can be donated at the benefit. All monetary contributions will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as well.

Special thanks to Southland Blues Magazine who has generously agreed to furnish promotion of the benefit in their October issue and also to The PrimeSpot who will feature each of the participating bands in a special radio broadcast.

For additional information please visit

2nd Annual Music Festival and Art Festival
Accepting donations for
International House of Blues Foundation’s Katrina Relief Fund

Saturday, October 29th from 11 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m.
The Long Beach City College/Pacific Coast Campus
1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90806

The Long Beach City College/Pacific Coast Campus Cultural Affairs Committee is hosting its 3rd Annual Music Festival and Art Festival on Saturday, October 29th from 11 a.m. ‘til 6 p.m. This event is open to all students and the community city wide and will be free of admission. The show will include a variety of music such as Latin, Reggae, Rock, Blues and Hip Hop to name a few. This year, the event will be taking donations for the International House of Blues Foundation’s Katrina Relief Fund.

The “PCC Music and Art Fest” currently has vendor opportunities for vendors that would like to sell their product at a very reasonable rental space price to help us offset the cost of putting on the event. For vendor registration - Please email:
or contact:
Derek Oriee (562)938-3088
PCC Cultural Affairs Advisor/
PCC Manager of Student Life
(562)938-3088 Fax: (562)938-3969

3rd District Disaster Peparedness Fair 2006
Saturday January 28,2006
9am to 1pm
Livingston Park
(Livingston Dr. & Park Ave.)
Click for details.


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