Premios De Servicio Comunidad
Also known as "Community Service awards" - is an event to honor those who make a difference in our community. 2017's honorees included the Long Beach Fire Department and the Long Beach Police Department for their outstanding service in preserving safety in the city of Long Beach.
Las Damas de La Plaza Honors Long Beach Police and Fire Department
Left to Right: LBPD Chief Robert Luna, Jan Young, Bev Cook, Bruce MacRae
Left to Right: LBFD Chief Michael DuRee, Tanya Burns, Jan Young, Bev Cook
Over 100 guests and community leaders attended Las Damas de La Plaza’s Premios De Servicio Comunidad breakfast on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach to pay tribute to the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Fire Department.
Recognition included framed lithographs of the Community Hospital Long Beach Courtyard and a $1,000 donation to each department’s charity of choice.
In accepting the recognition, LBPD Chief Robert Luna called attention to the nobility of the profession and how the rank and file of his department are the real honorees. Bruce MacRae, President of the Long Beach Police Foundation accepted the donation designated by Chief Luna.
Fire Chief Michael DuRee said that he was "humbled to accept the honor on behalf of the great men and women of his department". Tonya Burns, Executive Director of Children Today, accepted the donation designated by Chief DuRee.
The event was Co-chaired by Las Damas’ Bev Cook and Jan Young. Special guests included Long Beach CVB President and CEO Steve Goodling, Alan Anderson Chairman of the Community Hospital Long Beach Foundation and longtime police department volunteer, Laura Matthews.
Herlinda Chico, Field Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn presented both chief’s with proclamations signed by all five supervisors and City of Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Daryl Supernaw also provided special commendation of both departments.
Las Damas de La Plaza “The Ladies of the Plaza” –– began their “friend raising” and “fun raising” with 35 members in May 1984. Their name reflects the historic Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) courtyard and fountain. Since then, Las Damas de la Plaza have raised over $1 million for CHLB funding facilities, equipment, scholarships, programs, continuing education and more.