SACRAMENTO, CA—The American Legion’s California division announced today that it has selected Senator Lois Wolk (Davis) as the Senate recipient of its 2011 Legislator of the Year award.
“Senator Wolk has shown support and understanding of the unique challenges faced by veterans in today’s society and we are proud to bestow upon her the honor of Legislator of the Year,” said Hugh Crooks, who heads the Legion’s California branch.
Wolk earned the title for her longtime support of veteran’s issues. Additionally, Wolk authored legislation this year to make it easier for the Dixon American Legion Post and other charities to utilize remote caller bingo, an innovative new fundraising tool that reduces overhead costs while increasing participation and prize pools, allowing for greater fundraising potential.
In Dixon, with the help of remote caller bingo, the American Legion raised enough funds to donate $25,000 within its community in just three months, according to Greg Coppes, commander of Dixon American Legion Post.
Wolk’s bill, which stalled in the Assembly, would have streamlined the lengthy and complicated registration and licensing process required of charities choosing to participate in remote caller bingo, in which audio or video of a live game is broadcast to enable members of an organization (i.e. American Legion, Elks Lodge) to participate from multiple locations throughout the state.
“This is a great honor,” said Wolk. “The American Legion provides vital support for our state and its veterans, especially in these tough economic times. I applaud their efforts, and plan to continue to work to make it easier for nonprofits like the Legion to utilize remote caller bingo.”
The award will be presented to Wolk and Assemblymember Steve Knight (Palmdale), the legion’s Assembly honoree, at the Legion’s Annual Capitol Legislative Day event on April 18, 2012.