ANTIOCH -- A fundraiser will double as a tribute to Mary Rocha on Saturday at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary and the retirement of Rocha as a board director, Brighter Beginnings hosts a luncheon and fashion show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $35.

The day will include a parade of local dignitaries and community advocates, including Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, Antioch police Chief Allan Cantando and Antioch school board president Joy Motts.

Brighter Beginnings is a nonprofit agency dedicated to "supporting vulnerable children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties."

The Project Runway Antioch event will feature a family-friendly fashion show with local celebrities and politicians as models. Members of the Rotary, Kiwanis and Soroptimist service clubs will also participate.

The day includes a catered lunch, entertainment and speakers highlighting Rocha's career, as well an overview of work by Brighter Beginnings.

This event is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Diablo, Republic Services, LMC Foundation, NRG Pittsburg Generating Station, IBEW Local 302, UA Local 159 and Dr. Hamidreza Khonsari. Tux of Class, Kohl's, Island Time, Madelyn's, Latina Hair and EPSY Jewelry are donating time and materials for the show.

Originally a homemaker, Rocha had no political experience before running for the AUSD board in 1970. She spent 16 years on the board, and later 10 years on the Antioch City Council and four years as the mayor of Antioch. She currently serves as on the board of Brighter Beginnings and mayor pro-tem of Antioch.

Founded in 1984, Brighter Beginnings boosts programs in family health care, teen family support, community strengthening and early childhood education.

Call 925-207-7220 or visit www.projectrunwayantioch.eventbrite.com

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