Schools and Libraries
May 20, 2013
On Monday, June 10, the annual Long Beach High School senior class barbeque will be hosted by the Allegria Hotel in its luxurious, South Beach-style rooftop lounge. Located on the oceanfront in the city of Long Beach, the beautiful rooftop venue and magnificent barbeque buffet meal is being generously donated by the hotel's owner, Alan Rosenberg, and coordinated by Nasser Samman, the hotel's general manager, and Peter Pizarro, the hotel’s director of catering.
Traditionally held in the School's gymnasium, this long-standing and highly-anticipated senior class event was in jeopardy of cancellation until Peter Pizarro, director of catering at the Allegria Hotel, contacted the School's senior prom advisor, Adriane Glassberg, to see if the hotel could be of service to the graduating students.
"After seeing the devastation that the Long Beach community endured from Superstorm Sandy, I kept wondering how the school and students were dealing with it," said Mr. Pizarro. "I wanted to find a way to help support these students during this extremely difficult time."
The past six months have presented unusual and overwhelming challenges for the Long Beach High School seniors, as Superstorm Sandy interrupted classes, added extra pressure to the students' college application process and displaced many students from their homes for months. The storm also destroyed the gymnasium floor, disrupting sports programs and leaving the School scrambling to find a venue for the high school graduation and other end of year events.
"Thanks to the amazing generosity of the Allegria, we went from having no place to host the senior barbecue to being able to offer our seniors an unforgettable event to cap off their year," said Ms. Glassberg. "We are truly grateful."
"These students and their families have endured so much stress this year from the storm," said Mr. Pizarro. "The Allegria Hotel is proud to sponsor what promises to be a memorable celebration for Long Beach's graduating seniors. We have tons of surprises in store and look forward to having them as our special guests for the afternoon."