“Helping Children Blossom” – An evening to benefit CASA’s services of support and advocacy for foster children in the Antelope Valley
The 2014 Antelope Valley benefit dinner will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, starting at 6:00 pm, at the University of the Antelope Valley, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. The CASA Child Advocacy Award will be presented to Senator Sharon Runner, Senator George Runner and their family.
Sponsorships are available in the following categories:
Underwriter Package: $10,000
Two front tables and full page program recognition
Benefactor Package: $5,000
One front table and full page program recognition
Sponsor Package: $2,500
One very preferred table of eight and half-page program recognition
Advocate Package: $1,000
One preferred table of eight and program recognition
Party of Four Package: $500
Four tickets and program recognition
Friend Package: $250
Two tickets and program recognition
Tickets are $75 each. Individual tickets go on sale starting in January.
From 2004 to 2008, then-Senator George Runner and then-Assemblywoman Sharon Runner were the first husband and wife in California history to serve concurrently in the California State Legislature.
Elected in November 2010, George Runner currently represents the State Board of Equalization’s Second District. Prior to his election to the Board, Runner served twelve years in the State Legislature. Prior to his election to the State Senate in 2004, Runner served in the State Assembly for three terms, from 1996 to 2002, and previously served on the Lancaster City Council, including two years as mayor.
Sharon Runner represented the 17th Senate District from 2011 to 2012. She was previously a member of the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008, representing the 36th District. While in the Assembly she served on the Veteran’s Committee; Housing Committee; Select Committees dealing with Foster Care; the Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse; as well as the Task Force on the Environment, Energy, and the Economy.
In 2006, along with her husband, Sharon Runner authored Proposition 83, California’s version of Jessica’s Law. The measure passed with the support of 71% of California voters. Jessica’s Law ensures that all sexual offenders who are convicted of activity with children under the age of 14 are put into a prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years or 25 years to life.
In 1976 the Runners founded Desert Christian Schools, which is now one of the largest private schools in the State of California. The Runners are proud parents of their son Micah, daughter-in-law Sandy, daughter Rebekah, son-in-law James, and four grandchildren.
2014 Event Committee
Jean Youngquist, Chair
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