Meet our 21st Annual Grape Expectations Honorees:


Library Leadership Award:
California Resources Corporation

The Library Leadership Award recognizes those who have demonstrated longstanding financial support for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.

California Resources Corporation has demonstrated incredible generosity and commitment to STEAM education in Long Beach. Not only has CRC been a significant sponsor of our annual Grape Expectations gala, but its generous support helped us launch the Library’s Mobile Studio program. The Mobile Studio enables the library to bring free workshops and classes on cutting-edge technologies to each of its branches and to schools, parks and recreation centers, community organizations, and events or wherever they are needed most, reaching kids who were not already coming into the Library and encouraging them to participate in Library programs.

Durnin Family Award:
Lorrie Hutton

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation, our public libraries, and the community.

Lorrie Hutton served on the Library Foundation Board of Directors for 14 years, with terms as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Vice President of Finance. She continues to provide invaluable support to the Legacy Committee and the Finance and Investment Committees. Beyond her extraordinary commitment of time, she established the Hutton Family Endowment Fund and is a member of our Carnegie49 legacy society.​

Gala Committee:

Barbara Long, Chair

Ryan Ballard

Charlyn Bender

Colleen Bentley 

Mary Hancock Hinds

Jessica Kober

John Mathews II

Elizabeth Munzer

Carmen O. Perez

Sean Reilly

Jeff Toelsin

Elizabeth Warren

Sharon L. Weissman

Honorary Host Committee:

*as of May 29, 2024

The Honorable Robert Garcia, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, D44

The Honorable Janice Hahn, Supervisor, Los Angeles County, D4

The Honorable Rex Richardson, Mayor, City of Long Beach

The Honorable Cindy Allen, Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach

The Honorable Mary Zendejas, Councilwoman, City of Long Beach, D1

The Honorable Doug Haubert, City Prosecutor, City of Long Beach

Steven Neal, Commissioner, Board of Harbor Commissioners

Sharon L. Weissman, Commissioner, Board of Harbor Commissioners

Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President, California State University Long Beach

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Champagne Sponsors

Zinfandel Sponsors

Cabernet Sponsors

Margaret and Charles Durnin

Lloyd and Lauretta Dyer Family Foundation

Pinot Sponsors

Shadden Group at Morgan Stanley

Sean Reilly and Jeff Toelsin

Edison International

Lorrie Hutton

Cordoba Corporation

Daniel and Pamela Munzer

Visit Long Beach

Barbara Long and Friends

California State University Long Beach

The Edmond Group LLC & World Oil Refining, Recycling & Environmental Services

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, 4th District

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