Lighthouse hosts 11th annual Celebrity Luncheon Friday

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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At the 11th annual Lighthouse Celebrity Luncheon on Friday, diners can look forward to a meal and entertainment provided by well-known local elected officials.

Twenty-four officials from local and state government will serve lunch and sing, dance, perform magic and “who knows what else,” according to Julie Baird, a development associate for the nonprofit Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center in Lincoln.

Established in 1996, the nonprofit center offers Placer County residents free programs and services that include counseling, educational classes and other resources. The programs are open to local youth, adults and families who need physical, emotional or mental health resources, according to Baird.

Sponsored by AT & T, the event is entertaining and presents an opportunity to meet local officials, said Gary McDonald, executive director for the Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center.

 “It's a great way for our corporate sponsors to interact with our legislators in a fun and meaningful manner supporting families in Placer County,” McDonald said.

Officials serving as waiters include Lincoln City Manager Matt Brower, Sierra College President Willy Duncan, State Sen. 1st District Ted Gaines, Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes, State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman, Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee, and Lincoln City Councilmen Dan Karleskint and Stan Nader.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a VIP reception and hors d’oeuvres followed by lunch, celebrity entertainment, and a raffle and prize give-away, according to Baird.

Tickets cost $75 each and proceeds benefit the Lighthouse Center programs.

Although tickets are sold out, residents can donate to the Lighthouse online at or mail or bring in checks to the Lighthouse at 427 A St., Suite 400, Lincoln, CA 95648.


Carol R. Percy can be reached at or 774-7967.