This is now the third year that the Sacramento Press Club has produced a holiday-time event aimed at bringing the capital community together for a fun and nonpartisan evening, as well as raising funds for journalism students. KCRA’s Edie Lambert – a member of the Sac Press Club board — writes today’s guest blog about this year’s “Gridiron” event: the Sacramento premiere of “Knife Fight,” a political thriller starring Rob Lowe and Carrie-Anne Moss (trailer).
We skewered a movie-star governor with sketch comedy. We have two-stepped around Sacramento Bee Political Columnist Dan Walters’ withering criticism of our dance moves. Now the Sacramento Press Club is planning our third December “Gridiron” event on Wednesday December 5th at the Crest Theatre. We needed a new trick this year, so we invited Rob Lowe.*
As we have organized these fundraisers, we’ve learned the Sacramento Press Club members and supporters love these events. The Gridiron is a fun, funny and smart way to bring the entire capital community together – a time away from the partisan politics, the interviews and pitches, the elections and budgets, and the reporters’ questions and deadlines.
But the Gridirons are more than just a well-needed social hour and entertainment. For some of the most promising journalism students in the state, they also provide critical support through scholarships. This is the reason I appeared on stage at the Arnold Schwarzenegger send-off just weeks after giving birth to my daughter, weathering this irritating post-pregnancy question: “When are you going to have your baby?” It is also the reason I traded a business suit for a flashy tango dress last year as I “Danced with the Capitol Stars” and spent weeks in lessons and rehearsals.
I’m part of the Sacramento Press Club because I have the honor of helping some of the brightest and most dedicated journalism students in the area. If you met these students, you might agree to dance in public too.
The Sacramento Press Club awards $30,000 in scholarships every year—scholarships that are among the largest journalism awards in the state. Our scholarship program is a proud and important tradition that dates back to 1974. In recent years we have supported dozens of students including a single dad as he served as editor-in-chief of The State Hornet (CSUS). We assisted a former farmworker who is now earning a master’s degree at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. And we helped a talented student attend UC Davis after he spent his last two years of high school left homeless by his parents.
At a time the journalism field is facing huge challenges, there are many bright, dedicated and passionate students who need and deserve our support. We love a good party, but student scholarships are at the heart of our Gridiron events.
The Sacramento Press Club is holding our Red Carpet Movie Night on December 5th (BUY TICKETS HERE), and we hope you’ll come and hang out with us. Personally, as much as I loved beating my husband in the Tango competition of “Dancing with the Capitol Stars” last year, this time we are both looking forward to kicking our feet up and catching a movie at the Crest.
The reception for “Knife Fight” and the short film “Child’s Play: The Movie” (shot inside the state capitol) starts at 5:30 p.m. with a no host bar and it’s a great chance to mingle. Screenings begin at 7:00 pm. Individual tickets are $40 for Sac Press Club members and $50 for non-members. (Members may buy two tickets at the member price.) So come out and have an hors d’oeuvre and beverage, chat with colleagues, and sit back and watch a movie premiere with the Sacramento Press Club. This is a great way to reach the capital community while supporting the next generation of journalists!
* Director Bill Guttentag and writer/producer Chris Lehane will definitely be on the red carpet; stars Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Richard Schiff, Saffron Burrows, Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Eric McCormack and other cast and crew have been invited.
Guest blogger Edie Lambert anchors weeknight newscasts at KCRA-TV. She serves on the board of the Sacramento Press Club and co-chairs the SPC Scholarship Committee. More info at www.sacpressclub.org.