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Black Named Woman of the Year

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 22

On October 12, Judy McNulty Black was named Rick Rackers 2012 Woman of the Year at a luncheon held in her honor at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach.

The purpose of this 58-year event is two-fold: to pay tribute to one outstanding woman in the Long Beach Community who has exemplified excellence in volunteerism and dedication to making our community a better place, and to encourage other women to take part in the many worthwhile activities Long Beach has to offer.

A Long Beach native since the 5th grade, McNulty Black gained her education first through the Long Beach Unified School District, culminating in earning her college degree at California State University Long Beach.

In 1965, McNulty Black became an original member of the Civic Light Opera Women’s Guild, eventually serving as president. In 1982, she was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director for the Long Beach Civic Light Opera (LBCLO). She had just finished a two-year term as president for Ability First-Long Beach Center, so she willingly accepted the new challenge.

When LBCLO had its final curtain, McNulty Black stepped on stage to rally a new era of patrons for the arts. In 1999, she became the first board president for the newly formed Footlighters, a group dedicated to fundraising for the arts in Long Beach and sponsoring scholarships for high school students looking to continue their education in the arts. “What fun it was to establish this group,” McNulty Black states proudly, “to support such a new, basically unheard of but worthwhile entity in the community and watch it grow.”

Amid her tenures as president for multiple Long Beach philanthropies, including, Musical Theatre West, Steel Magnolias, Women’s Heart League and Western Orange County Delta Delta Delta Alumni Association. McNulty Black has also been an active member of Rick Rackers Auxiliary of Assistance League of Long Beach, Assistance League of Long Beach, Kiwanis, Long Beach Cancer League, Planned Giving Roundtable and the Director’s Guild at CSULB.