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Long Beach Century Club Donates $34,000 To Local Schools

At a special meeting of the Long Beach Century Club last night, the club made its annual large donation to local schools, as president Ben Goldberg handed over a ceremonial check in the amount of $34,000.

Long Beach State received $12,500, LBCC received $7,500, and Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan, Poly, Wilson, and St. Anthony received $2,000 apiece.

“This is what the Century Club has been all about sine 1957,” said Goldberg. “We’ve always been here for the kids of Long Beach and we always will be.”

Administrators from the schools were on hand to deliver thanks as well as a brief note on what they’re planning to use the money for.

Long Beach State’s portion will go towards its scholarship fund, while LBCC is continuing to improve its facilities around campus. Lakewood, Wilson, and Poly are all planning on using some of their funds to update their championship banners in their gyms, with Poly also hoping to update its troublesome shot clock and scoreboard.

Cabrillo has recently begun hosting an end-of-year all-sports banquet for its programs, and will use the money in the furthering of that program. Jordan has been lacking an electronic timing program for its track and field program, which has been on the come-up; they’re planning on getting that equipment with their share of the money. St. Anthony is soon to launch a capital campaign for a new football field, so the Century Club donation was well-time in that regard.

That wasn’t the only generosity at the meeting. Goldberg also handed out checks to the Cabrillo girls’ water polo program, the Jordan boys’ basketball team (in support of the Ron Massey Classic) and the Jordan football team, which is purchasing a Hudl film package for its team.

Olympian Misty May-Treanor was on hand to deliver cookie orders as part of a fundraiser for her LBCC volleyball program.

Goldberg, a huge Dodgers fan, missed the end of the meeting so he could sneak away to see how Los Angeles was doing in Boston. The first game of the World Series ended as a loss for LA, but the evening was a big win for Long Beach and its schools.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.