Capitol Morning Report Summary of the 2012 Best Buddies Ride

September 11, 2012


Justin Knighten with Lucas Public Affairs reports that members of “Team Maria,” led by former CA First Lady Maria Shriver and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, pedaled their bikes Saturday along the Pacific Coast Highway for “Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle,” an annual fundraiser for Best Buddies International, a non-profit started byShriver’s brother, Anthony Shriver that raises money for programs for people with intellectual an developmental disabilities. This year, Team Maria raised $400,000, “the second highest amount of any team.” The team of 120 riders completed one of four courses between Carmel and the Hearst Castle in San Simeon that were 100 miles, 100 kilometers, 30 miles or 15 miles in length. Knighten says Donna Lucas of Lucas Public Affairs has worked with Shriver and Newsom to organize the team since it began in 2009 and served on the Challenge’s 2012 Host Committee. Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Carl Guardino and his wife, Leslee, raised the most money for Team Maria and finished the 30 mile leg of the ride with their daughters, Jessica and Siena. Other riders included: John Masterson from the Office of Gov. Jerry Brown; Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson; Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway; Sen. Michael Rubio (he and his wife Dora rode the full 100 miles); Maricela Rodriguez from The California Endowment; Greg Lucas, editor of California’s Capitol; and staff from Lucas Public Affairs and Dewey Square Group. Actors Kelly Hu and Verne Troyerand host of Entertainment Tonight Nancy O’Dell also participated. Contact: Knighten,

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