McGeorge School of Law

Women's Caucus Event A Boon For Local Charity

April 4, 2011

Women's Caucus

From left, Women's Caucus members Stacey Shelly, Krystal Collins, Jamie Walker and April Matsinger with St. John's Shelter official Rachele Burton, second from right

The Women's Caucus presented a check for more than $12,000 collected at its 33rd Annual Live and Silent Auction last fall to the St. John's Shelter on March 31, 2011.

The event, formerly known as the Women's Caucus Wine-Tasting, is the oldest annual student social function at McGeorge. Each year, the Women's Caucus members choose a Sacramento area charity to benefit from its proceeds. Their efforts over the years have raised more than $300,000 for nonprofits.

"Students, faculty, alumni and friends helped make the night a huge success. As a result of the generosity of the McGeorge family, our organization was able to raise significant funds for St. John's Shelter for Women and Children," said Jaime Walker, the executive chair of the event.

Approximately 350-400 people, including students, alumni, professors and legal professionals from the community, attended the event that was held on October 1, 2010, at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento. Many members of the Women's Caucus worked long hours to make it a success including Marilee Breternitz, second-year Day Division rep Stacey Shelly, Krystal Collins, president, and April Matsinger, treasurer.

St. John's Shelter was established by St. John's Lutheran Church to provide emergency shelter for homeless women with children. Since 1985, the now-public charity has provided a safe and supportive haven to more than 23,000 displaced individuals.

"We had the pleasure of going to the shelter, touring the facility, and meeting the recipients who would benefit from the donation," Walker said. "The visit to the shelter touched our hearts and we were all so thankful that we could help St. John's with its mission in the community."