Wednesday, February 28, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Benefit to Highlight “We Can Do It” Spirit of Rosie the Riveter, Plant Seeds for the Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Feb. 28, 2018
Contact: Marsha Mather-Thrift: 510-507- 2276 or cell 415-497- 4236
Dee Amaden: 510-685- 0277 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 Event to Honor World War II Rosies, Plants Seeds for Next Generation

Benefit highlights “We Can Do It” spirit of the era
 
RICHMOND, Calif. – Whether it was building ships or planting a victory garden, everyone pitched in during the
World War II home front era to promote a rosy future. Continuing the tradition, the Rosie the Riveter Trust is
holding its annual dinner benefit on Saturday, April 7, to support the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front
National Historical Park and its programs.
 
Jerry Anne DiVecchio, former food editor for Sunset Magazine and dozens of Sunset cookbooks, will be a special
guest and speaker at this year’s event, Growing a Rosie Future, which will pay homage to the World War II victory
garden effort as well as to the nation’s Rosie the Riveters and home front efforts. DiVecchio will share her take on
the evolution of American food culture from growing and consuming food grown in victory gardens, through
expansion of commercial farming and use of pesticides, to today’s support for farm-to-table sustainable agriculture.
 
The dinner, along with a silent auction, will be held at El Cerrito’s historic Berkeley Country Club, located at 7901
Cutting Blvd. Cocktails and appetizers will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner program. An
exclusive pre-event reception to meet special guests is available. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rosie the
Riveter Trust and its programs in support of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
 
Along with hearing from DiVecchio, the evening will provide an opportunity to meet and hear stories from women
now in their 90s who worked in Richmond’s shipyards, as well as meet National Park staff. The event will also
feature a duo performing songs from the Great American Songbook. Period attire from the 1940s is welcomed.
 
Major event sponsors include the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths,
Forgers and Helpers AFL-CIO; Kaiser Permanente; the Coalition of Kaiser Unions; the Northern California
Carpenters Regional Council; The Permanente Federation; Republic Services; and IBEW 302. Sponsorships are
available beginning at $1,000.
 
Individual tickets can be purchased at the early bird price of $180 through March 19th, $190 if purchased after. As
the event typically sells out, those wishing to attend should purchase tickets as soon as possible. Proceeds support
Rosie the Riveter Trust’s work to expand educational programs for all ages and preserve historical Home Front
resources for the Bay Area and the nation. Funds will be used for ongoing projects including bringing fourth graders
from local schools to the park’s Visitors Center as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative
(https://everykidinapark.gov). Under the program, more than local 2,000 fourth graders from underserved schools
are expected to visit the park in 2018 – as many as visited the park in 2016 and 2017 combined. For many of the
underserved schools, this is their only field trip of the year.
 
Rosie the Riveter Trust is the official partner building a community of support for the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home
Front National Historical Park in Richmond. The national park chronicles the explosive growth of wartime industry,
the innovations fostered by visionaries like Henry J. Kaiser, and the extraordinary history of people who were
challenged as never before and came together to overcome wartime odds.
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Trust’s web site at www.rosietheriveter.org. To make a
donation, contact the Trust’s Executive Director Marsha Mather-Thrift, at 510-507- 2276, or by email at
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Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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