This week marks my two month anniversary at EFPN. I started working as the Event Planning Coordinator in late August. As I write this entry, I am amazed at how much has happened over the last eight weeks, and I am thrilled about all that we have coming up.
EFPN has organized community education seminars and been represented at several conferences and symposiums since I started, but my favorite event to organize so far has been our October 1st seminar at the West Bay Conference Center. Over 165 San Francisco seniors attended the event, which featured a keynote speech from District Attorney Kamala Harris. Presentations were given by representatives from the DA’s Office, the Bureau of Automotive Repairs, the Contractors State License Board and Citi, who sponsored the event. A video was shown, a free lunch was served, and all of the attendees had a great time. The evaluations we collected were overwhelmingly positive, with a huge percentage of people writing that the seminar would help them avoid financial exploitation. It was a very exciting day!
We have a lot coming up over the next few months. First, our online wine auction is quickly approaching. Fine Wines for Old Vines will not only raise money for EFPN, but it will help spread the word about elder financial abuse. Please visit the auction website at www.bewiseonline.cmarket.com for more details.
On November 14th, over 2,000 people are expected to attend Senior Resource Forum 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Star One Credit Union in Santa Clara has graciously put forward $50,000 for this event. EFPN has been providing oversight and event planning expertise. Michael Finney, celebrity ABC 7 consumer watchdog and KGO talk show host, has agreed to give the keynote address, which is sure to draw a crowd. Please visit the event website at www.seniorforumonline.com
These are just some of the highlights. Over the coming months, EFPN will be producing an event with Bank of the West in Casa Grande, Arizona. (Please see the posting below from Bank of the West to learn more about their community outreach.) Jenefer Duane will be traveling to conferences far and near, presenting our award winning community education and training programs, and working diligently to keep EFPN funded during these very difficult financial times. For more information on sponsoring our education and training programs, please call 415.956.5556. It has been a pleasure working with EFPN so far, and I couldn’t be more excited about our future.
– Sam Leichter, Event Planning Coordinator