I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of an organization. That's why we need you to get involved.
Community Action Team (CAT) - California, Inc. 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803
501c3/Fed. Tax ID# is 05-0545777
Please Support CAT - a 501c3 Nonprofit
RIGHT NOW, while the need is in your mind, won't you please donate? We receive no government monies, and depend entirely on people like you.
WE HOPE YOU share our love for animals, kids and the environment, and our wish is that you'll consider a gift of $25, $50, $100 or another amount so that we can continue to bring you and our community fun events and meaningful projects.
CHECKS to CAT, Attn. Justin Rudd, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803.
THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment.
C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLAorganization that includes Haute Dogs and: 4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
4Haute Dog Poetry Contest
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
4National Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest 4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Grunion Run
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
4Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need 4Clothing giveaways to the underserved 4Bulldog Beauty Contest 4Long Beach Losers - 12-week weight-loss contest 42nd Street Walkers
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30-MINUTE BEACH CLEANUP third Sat. of every month at 10 - 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. 1 Granada Ave. Free parking, bags, gloves, refreshments, volunteer forms and door prizes.
LONG BEACH LOSERS This team weight-loss contest (youth and adults welcome) had 800 entrants last year with a jackpot of approx. $50,000. Five-person teams compete to lose weight over a 12-week period. LongBeachLosers.com
"SAY CHEESE LONG BEACH!" 24-HOUR DIGITAL PHOTO CONTEST Contestants of all ages spend a day (summer), noon to noon taking digital photos within the city limits and then submitting their top shots for the exhibit. More than $1,000 will be awarded and a photo book will be created. JustinRudd.com/photocontest.html
INTERFAITH BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS St. Francis Day weekend, first Sat. in Oct., 1 Granada Ave. FREE. BlessThePets.com
$1,000 BELMONT SHORE SIDEWALK CHALK ART CONTEST Oct., Approx. 100 seasoned and emergent visual artists, including participants from local high schools and universities will use the sidewalks of 2nd St. to display their drawings. JustinRudd.com/chalk.html
HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE
Sun. before Halloween, 2:30 p.m. parade down 2nd St. The pre-parade entertainment, vendors and adoption fair will be held at Livingston Park, Belmont Shore. It's the biggest Halloween pet event in the World! As many as 700 dogs compete each year. HauteDogs.org
MISS LONG BEACH & MISS SOUTHERN CALIF. CITIES PAGEANT
Early Nov. Four categories: Little Miss, Teen, Miss, Mrs. Eight titles will awarded. $3,000 appearance contracts to each of the eight winners. The pageant will be held a The Grand Long Beach Events Center. Swimsuit, personal interview and evenging wear categories. MissLongBeach.com
Long Beach TURKEY TROT 5K/10K
Thanksgiving Day, four start times: 7, 8, 9 and 10 a.m.; the kids Wingding is at 9:10 a.m. Start/finish: Belmont Olympic Pool. Holiday pies to random finishers! (est. 6,000 runners and walkers) TurkeyTrot.us
OPERATION SANTA PAWS First three weeks of each Dec. Deliveries will take place on Sat., Dec. 17, 2011, all across the U.S. It's an annual collection of pet toys, shelter supplies and treats that are delivered to more than 4,000 shelter and rescue dogs and cats here in SoCal. SantaPaws.info
Kids' Costume Contest COSTUMED KIDS are invited to lead the Howl'oween Parade this year and there will be a a few $10 prizes to those kids with the best outfits. There is no charge to enter the kids costume contest, but a signed liability waiver by parents/guardian is required. It's the same entry form as the dog parade, just skip the info about dogs and payments. Be at the parade start line (meet inside the kids playground front gates, corner of Livingston Dr. & Park Ave.) by 2:20 p.m. with your entry form. Kids will step off at 2:25 p.m. DETAILS
Miss Long Beach & Miss Southern California Cities Pageants Justin Rudd and the Community Action Team will present the Long Beach pageants in early Nov., 2012 at the Grand Ballroom of The Grand in Long Beach.
The pageant will award "Long Beach" and "Southern California" titles in each of these four divisions:
- Little Miss (ages 6-10)
- Teen (ages 13-18)
- Miss (ages 19-30)
- Mrs. (21+) Elements of competition for Teen, Miss and Mrs. will include swimsuit, evening wear and interview. There is no talent competition. Get on our email list HERE for updates/details.
THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. CAT is a 501c3 is governed by a board of directors. Contributions are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment. Some monies also go towards event permits, insurance, Web hosting, refreshments, prizes, printing, advertising, salary and office administrative costs.
THE GOAL OF CAT is to implement programs, events, education, support and advocacy that will focus on such relevant issues as youth, education, the environment, our beaches, health/fitness, and animal welfare. CAT's mission is to embrace humanity with care and compassion, while encouraging those around us to explore, dream and discover the tenets of civility, kindness and understanding of all people.
Some notable C.A.T. accomplishments in the recent months:
· Distributed holiday toys and treats to 4,000 abandoned/abused animals in more than 40 Southland shelters/rescues & facilitated collection drives at dozens of locations all around the U.S. for our annual campaign for Operation Santa Paws. VIDEO
· Provided thousands of dollars in holiday gift cards from grocery and department stores to dozens of women in local domestic abuse shelters.
· Made Christmas extra-special for dozens of Long Beach-area kids who are underserved and/or dealing with cancer by providing holiday gifts through our annual Bears, Bikes, Beds and Blankets drive.
Costumed Dogs in Howl'oween Parade Poodles, pugs and other pups pound pavement 600+ DOGS IN THEIR best Howl'oween outfits are expected to return to Belmont Shore for the annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade this Halloween at 2:30 p.m. More than 600 dogs in all shapes and sizes helped to raise funds for the local animals organizations, as well as the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which benefits local youth, environmental, health and animal welfare projects. CLICK HERE to read more and see some great pics.
THANKSGIVING DAY Hot to (Turkey) Trot in Long Beach
THE THANKSGIVING DAY 5K/10K Turkey Trot Run & Walk takes place Thanksgiving morning at the Belmont Olympic Pool in Belmont Shore. More than 6,000 runners and walkers are expected to help raise $200,000+ to help further the work of the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). DETAILS
VALENTINE'S Father/Daughter Dance
The "Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance" will take place near Valentine's at Bay Shore Church in Belmont Shore. The event is hosted by the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT). Approx. 100 dads, daughters of all ages, and CAT volunteers are expected again this year to dance the night away to the Hokey Pokey, Macarena, The Twist and other party classics that will be appropriately selected by Long Beach resident DJ DanaT (who will volunteer her time and talent for this effort). Last year, more than $1,000 was collected at the door for this annual event held in the community hall at Bay Shore Church on The Toledo in Belmont Shore. DETAILS
KEEPING LONG BEACH BEAUTIFUL Monthly Beach Cleanups Volunteer this month?
30-Minute Beach Cleanups
1 S. Granada Ave., Long Beach, 90803
every 3rd Sat./month @ 10 a.m.
THE "30-MINUTE BEACH CLEANUPS" MEET on the 3rd Sat. of each month at 10 a.m. at 1 S. Granada Ave. (@ Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90803) in Belmont Shore, to help rid the beach of trash and debris. Free parking, gloves, bags, refreshments, door prizes and good times. MORE
Bears, Bikes, Beds & Blankets Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) are collecting new (and gently used) teddy bears and other stuffed animals; new twin sheet sets; new twin size bed pillows; new bath towel sets; and new kids pajamas for needy Long Beach area youth during this holiday season. In addition, CAT will be donating fold-up, roll-away beds, bassinets and bikes, from a portion of the proceeds raised at the Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K. In conjunction with the public health nurses of the Long Beach Health Dept., CAT is seeking to get many area kids off their floor each night and in to a warm, cozy bed. To make a tax-deductible financial contribution or to donate goods for this project, contact JustinRudd@yahoo.com.
RED, WHITE & YOUTH The Great American 4th of July Bike Parade
FANCY FOURTH OF JULY harbor cruises, spectacular theme park fireworks shows and lavish community parades have nothing on this simple annual event in Long Beach. The city's Fourth of July Bike Parade & Contest has got to make everyone smile and cheer with its old-fashioned appeal as hundreds of local kids decorate their two-wheelers and ride the sunny beach boardwalk. Red, white and blue streamers, crepe paper, balloons and American flags are on display and $10 is awarded to the top ten young future designers for originality, creativity, spectator appeal, and display of red, white and blue. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on the beach bike path at the end of Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore. CLICK HERE for parade info. --Sheryll Alexander, AOL/Digital City
WINNER TO TAKE HOME $1,000 CASH Spellers Sought for Elementary School Bee
ARE YOU READY to try your skill? Are you a courageous young competitor ready to wrestle with some difficult words? Are you ready for the last word? If you are the best speller at your school and you are in fifth grade (or a lower level) you may be able to enter the championship that is scheduled to take place in Long Beach on a Sunday in March. www.SpellingBees.com