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Covenant House

A benefit luncheon that will aid two lifesaving nonprofits will feature guest of honor Laura Bush.

by oc metro staffPublished: January 01, 2011

Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the guest of honor at an intimate luncheon benefiting Covenant House California and Covenant House International on Jan. 10 at the Marconi Automotive Museum.
   
Covenant House International is the largest nonprofit agency in the Americas fighting to end homelessness and sexual exploitation among children. It provides crisis intervention and ongoing support programs in 21 cities across six countries, including the United States and Canada, as well as Latin America. The organization also operates a Nineline Hotline (800.999.9999).
   
Covenant House California supports outreach programs aimed at taking homeless kids and runaways off the streets and giving them a chance at a new life. Since its founding 22 years ago, the nonprofit has helped more than 150,000 youths.
   
“I am looking forward to hosting our former First Lady Laura W. Bush as she helps our mission assisting more homeless children,” says Priscilla “Bo” Marconi, who serves as chairwoman of the Covenant House Board of Directors. “All of our members and I are excited and humbled to have the former first lady to be part of the largest human rights movement for homeless kids in the Americas.”
   
In addition to her work with Covenant House, Marconi and her husband, entrepreneur Dick Marconi, raise more than $1 million a year for at-risk children through the Marconi Foundation for Kids.
   
General seating at the luncheon is priced at $500 per person or $5,000 for a table for 10. VIP seating is priced at $1,000 per guest or $10,000 for a table for 10, and includes a meet and greet and a photo with the former first lady.
   
A portion of each ticket price is tax deductible. For more information, visit marconimuseum.org.



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