Golden State Water and California American Water Team up with Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and State Senator Ted Gaines for “Operation Gobble”

200 Thanksgiving Turkeys to be Delivered to Local Non-profits

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–California American Water:

 

What:

Operation Gobble
 

When:

8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
 

Where:

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines District Office
8799 Auburn – Folsom Road, Suite A
Granite Bay, CA 95746
 

Contact:

Evan Jacobs for California American Water at (916) 568-4252
Christina Medders for Assemblywoman Gaines at (916) 774-4430
Betsey Hodges for Senator Gaines at 916-207-2600
Paige Bedegrew for Golden State Water at (916) 448-5802
 

California State Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, California State Senator Ted
Gaines and two water companies serving their district – California
American Water and Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) –
will provide 200 fresh turkeys to local non-profits at the district
office of Assemblywoman Gaines on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 as part of the
26th annual “Operation Gobble” program. This year, Save Mart Supermarket
is providing the turkeys at their cost to help reach even more families.

“Operation Gobble” is a joint charitable venture between California
water companies and elected officials and is set to deliver thousands of
turkeys to underprivileged families throughout the state this
Thanksgiving holiday. Introduced in 1990, the unique program pairs the
local knowledge of elected officials with the resources of the private
sector to benefit those in need.

“Operation Gobble is a community partnership that enables Ted and I to
bring together local business with some of the most effective
non-profits in our districts,” said Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. “Through
this innovative partnership, we are going to deliver a Thanksgiving meal
to thousands in the region who may have otherwise gone without.”

“I’m so proud to be associated with this annual event that fills such an
important need within our community,” said Senator Gaines. “By providing
local non-profit partners with hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys, we’re
helping ensure that our region’s families can enjoy a traditional
holiday meal together.”

During the program, participating investor-owned water companies like
California American Water and Golden State Water provide turkeys and
transportation in partnership with local elected officials who offer
local expertise in directing the donations to community food banks,
churches and other non-profit organizations.

“California American Water has more than 70 employees who live and work
here in Sacramento,” said Evan Jacobs, the External Affairs Manager for
California American Water. “This program is an opportunity for us to
give back to our customers, our neighbors and our families.”

Millions of Californians lack sufficient resources to feed themselves on
a regular basis. Many of these residents are low income families that
will not be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal.

“Operation Gobble has become an important part of the holiday season for
all of our employees, who understand the significant impact a warm
Thanksgiving meal can make for our neighbors in need,” said Paul
Schubert, Northern General Manager for Golden State Water. “We
appreciate the partnership of our elected officials and community
organizations who work closely with us to ensure the turkeys find their
way to those who need them most.”

“Golden State Water, California American Water, State Senator Gaines,
Assemblywoman Gaines and our non-profit partners are proud to be a part
of this annual effort, which makes the Thanksgiving holiday a little
brighter for our neighbors in need,” Jacobs said.

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater
services to more than 615,000 people.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this
year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who
provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other
related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and
Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.

Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE: AWR). Golden State
Water provides water service to approximately 257,000 customers
throughout 10 counties in Northern, Coastal and Southern California, and
distributes electricity to approximately 24,000 customers in the Big
Bear recreational area of California through its Bear Valley Electric
Service division. American States Water Company also owns a contracted
services subsidiary, American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS). ASUS
provides operations, maintenance and construction management services
for water and wastewater systems located on military bases throughout
the country under 50-year privatization contracts.

Contacts

California American Water
Evan Jacobs, 916-568-4252
evan.jacobs@amwater.com