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Beat-the-Odds Mayor to Speak at Dinner

Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill will be the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Most Inspiring Students Awards at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at the Long Beach Hilton.  Registration begins at 5 p.m.

The heart-warming event  will feature inspiring, beat-the-odds stories of students.  Music from “Grease” will be performed by the Millikan High School Concert Choir and Renaissance High School performing arts students.

The popular fundraiser is  sponsored by the Long Beach Education Foundation.  One student from each school in the Long Beach Unified School District is recognized at the event.

Mayor Beverly O’Neill led an unprecedented revitalization of Long Beach, California’s fifth largest city and the 32nd largest in the nation.

She moved Long Beach into the 21st Century as a prospering, dynamic city focusing on international trade, tourism, emerging technologies, expanding retail and neighborhood development.

A product of the Long Beach public school system, starting with the Long Beach Day Nursery to her graduation with honors from California State University Long Beach, she overcame incredible odds.  Her mother was on welfare and her father had life-long problems with alcoholism.

Prior to becoming mayor, O’Neill spent a 31-year career at Long Beach City College beginning as a music instructor and women’s adviser.  In the succeeding years she became campus dean, dean of student affairs, vice president of student services and superintendent-president.

For reservations, call the Foundation at  997-8023.  The donation is $100 per person or $1,000 for a table sponsorship.  Please make checks payable to Long Beach Education Foundation.