The Contra Costa Crisis Center was chosen by the Dan & Margaret Lesher Foundation – as a part or their NEWSMAKERS: Lesher Speaker Series – as the nonprofit partner to be featured alongside Dan Rather on November 4, 2013.

Each year the Lesher Center for the Arts hosts the NEWSMAKERS: Lesher Speaker Series. This program is a seven-part speaker series that brings prominent figures in the fields of politics, entertainment, finance, media and sports to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek each year. This subscription series is extremely well received by the public and the Lesher Foundation utilizes the interest and “buzz” created by some of these world renowned speakers to spotlight local nonprofit agencies and the work we do. This fall, the Contra Costa Crisis Center was one of seven nonprofits featured in the 2013-14 fall/winter series and the Crisis Center’s spotlight was linked to the speaking engagement of world renowned journalist, Dan Rather.

The Crisis Center was also provided tickets to attend Dan Rather’s performance AND a small reception on-site to personally meet Mr. Rather over wine and appetizers! The Crisis Center used these exclusive tickets as an expression of our appreciation with our top donors and a few Board members.

Additionally, this opportunity included the professional production of our agency’s “commercial” (digital clip) to air as the opening for Dan Rather’s performance. Our digital clip was done by KTVU Director of Publicity and Public Relations (Channel 2), Rosy Chu and the final product was gifted to us to use in our marketing efforts – all free of charge! We were thrilled to see the Crisis Center’s clip at the beginning of his performance and to have Mr. Rather mention us as one of the County’s premiere service providers, giving us exposure to more than 800 attendees. Look for this clip on our website soon.