色中色 honored in run-up to 75th anniversary as fundraising campaign tops $311 million

Published June 21, 2024

Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley told a packed ballroom of business and community leaders Thursday that the university was concluding its multi-year No Barriers fundraising campaign, raising more than $311 million 鈥 exceeding the original $275 million goal.  

鈥淭his incredible achievement underscores the unwavering support and belief in our mission from our alumni, partners and friends,鈥 Conoley said.

The announcement came as Conoley accepted the "Destination Tomorrow" award from the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce at its 133rd Annual Gala at the Westin Long Beach.  

The campaign's June 30 close 鈥 after which the numbers will be finalized 鈥 鈥渨ill allow us to focus on celebrating our own Diamond Anniversary,鈥 she said. 鈥淥f course, every university or nonprofit organization is always looking ahead to its next campaign 鈥 and we鈥檙e no different. And while we have been considering what鈥檚 next, we鈥檙e going to take it one step at a time as we celebrate the campaign鈥檚 success and our 75th birthday.鈥

The close ties between 色中色 and many of the 400-plus people in attendance were apparent. Chamber President and CEO Jeremy Harris 鈥04, proudly boasted his alma mater鈥檚 deep roots in the community and interjected 鈥淕o Beach鈥 throughout the evening.

"As Cal State Long Beach approaches its 75th anniversary this fall, the university continues to be an essential educational institution with a significant impact on our community,鈥 said Harris, sporting a 色中色-gold bow tie. 鈥淭heir commitment to excellence in education not only shapes the minds of future generations but also produces the future workforce that drives innovation and growth in our city. The university鈥檚 influence extends beyond academics, promoting a culture of inclusivity, research and community engagement. Honoring 色中色鈥檚 contributions highlights our shared vision for a strong and successful future."

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Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Gala at the Westin Long Beach

Dan Montoya, Cal State Long Beach vice president for University Relations and Development, thanked the Chamber for its partnership and highlighted some of the supporters in attendance who were significantly instrumental in helping the university to reach its goal, including MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, the Boeing Company, P2S, SCAN Health Plan, the Assistance League of Long Beach and Ballmer Group, whose $11 million gift will help The Beach to credential early childhood teachers to prepare generations of school children for kindergarten. 

Nearly 93,000 donors have participated in the campaign so far, directing their support to more than 1,100 funds spanning capital projects, program support, and the establishment of almost 300 new scholarships, he said. 

"But beyond the impressive numbers lies the true impact of our collective efforts,鈥 Montoya added. 鈥淭he No Barriers campaign has been about breaking down barriers to education and opportunity, creating a national model for student achievement, empowerment and equity, shaping California's future workforce, advancing the public good and fostering a spirit of collaboration and inclusivity."

Conoley announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between 色中色 and the Chamber in which all new 色中色 Alumni-affiliated businesses will receive a competitive advantage through a one-year complimentary Chamber membership when referred from the university鈥檚 Alumni team.

鈥淲e believe in our alumni and we believe in the Chamber, and with this alliance we will thrive together,鈥 she said.  

Austin Metoyer 鈥11, president and CEO of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance and an inaugural honoree of The Beach鈥檚 49 Under 49 program, personified what is so special about 色中色 and the Long Beach community.  

鈥淟ike many in this room 鈥 not only was I 鈥榤ade鈥 at 色中色, but I was 鈥榤ade鈥 in Long Beach 鈥 from Poly to The Beach to my role now helping revitalize and enhance our amazing downtown鈥檚 future.

鈥淎s I work to serve our community, I see daily what it means to have a premier university, the 鈥榰niversity of choice鈥 in our back yard. From the work I do with our next generation of student leaders on campus, to the impact of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship launching start-ups that will stay and thrive locally, to connecting with generations of Beach alumni who exemplify Beach Pride, now more than 400,000 strong,鈥 he added.

The Beach has nurtured generations of leaders who have served in the local community as mayors, city council members, city attorneys, city auditors, fire chiefs, police chiefs, senators and even the Chamber鈥檚 president, he added. 鈥淟ong Beach beats with our influence, seamlessly woven into the fabric of our city's identity.鈥

鈥淭hinking of this award 鈥 Destination Tomorrow 鈥 I am happy to represent the next 75 years of Beach alumni driving impact in our community.鈥