Rising Sun to Honor CEC Commissioner David Hochschild at Bright Night Fundraiser



Berkeley, CA – April 7, 2016 – On Thursday, April 21, at 6pm, Rising Sun Energy Center will celebrate Bright Night 2016 at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, spotlighting Rising Sun’s continued achievements in youth employment, workforce development, energy and water conservation, and climate justice throughout the region.

Bright Night is Rising Sun’s annual fundraising event, where the organization welcomes 250 guests, including elected officials, corporate partners, and community organizations making an impact within the San Francisco Bay Area, and individual supporters. This year, Rising Sun welcomes Commissioner David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission as the Guest of Honor. Hochschild was appointed to the commission in 2013 by Governor Brown. His career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. His numerous awards include the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award for his work to advance clean energy.

Jodi Pincus, Rising Sun’s Executive Director, expressed her enthusiasm for the commissioner joining the event. “Throughout his career, Commissioner Hochschild has exemplified an unparalleled commitment to the innovative expansion of energy efficiency  and advancing clean energy throughout the state that is 100% in line with our values at Rising Sun. We are more than pleased to honor him and his outstanding work at Bright Night this year.”

Guests at Bright Night 2016 will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, a silent auction, and an inspiring presentation featuring Rising Sun’s program participants. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the Rising Sun website: www.risingsunenergy.org/bright-night/.

Bright Night 2016 sponsors include Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Barbara and Gerson Bakar, BBI Construction, Beneficial State Bank, Bright Plain Renewable Energy, Comerica Bank, Compass Financial Communications, the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Genentech, the Greenlining Institute, Lance Reynolds, the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local Union No. 104, Skeo Solutions, SunPower, and Wells Fargo.

Rising Sun provides supporters with a variety of ways to contribute to Bright Night 2016. Sponsorships range from $20,000 for Visionary recognition to $1,000 for Energy Saver recognition. Benefits include event tickets, a feature in Rising Sun’s newsletter, website and Donor Wall recognition, social media publicity, and much more. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Abigail Leonard, Development Manager, at leonard@risingsunenergy.org.

About Rising Sun Energy Center

Since 1994, Rising Sun Energy Center is a Berkeley-based non-profit with a mission to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. With a focus on under-served populations, Rising Sun provides youth and low-income adults with meaningful training and employment opportunities in the growing energy efficiency sector, while delivering no-cost energy upgrades to thousands of households each year.



Marrion Johnson

Communications and Development Coordinator

Rising Sun Energy Center

510-665-1501 ext. 106



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