February 16, 2007

Internationally acclaimed journalist Greg Palast to headline Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday, Feb. 20th at Sycuan Resort in El Cajon

EL CAJON – A live blues band, Cajun/Creole feast, silent auction and raffle are among the festivities planned at East County United’s 2nd annual Mardi Gras Party on Fat Tuesday, February 20th at the Sycuan Resort, 3007 Dehesa Road in El Cajon. The event also features speakers on key global, national and local political issues including a keynote speech by internationally-famed investigative journalist Greg Palast.

“We are truly honored to present Greg Palast, an important though controversial investigative journalist whose work ranks in importance alongside Woodward & Bernstein,” said Leon Thompson, chair of East County United. “Palast, a lively and entertaining speaker, will present startling findings from his investigation of the New Orleans tragedy. Palast’s work highlights the critical need to rebuild the Gulf Coast and the importance of taking steps to prevent future disasters of such magnitude.”

Lori Greenberg, chair of this year’s Mardi Gras, observed, “In addition to award-winning journalist Greg Palast, our Mardi Gras will feature other speakers who offer solutions to provide us all with a brighter future, such as creating energy independence for East County —reducing global warming while also creating thousands of new jobs. In addition, we’ll hear from a representative of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign—and also have plenty of surprises, fun and festivities.”

The public is invited to attend the Mardi Gras celebration. Advance purchase of tickets is required. Tickets cost $75 before Feb. 15th or $85 after that date (masks and beads provided). Checks payable to East County United may be mailed to East County United at 1068 Broadway, Suite 110, El Cajon, CA 92021. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. For reservations or information, e-mail info@eastcountyunited.org or call (619) 698-7617. Early reservations are recommended, as a sell-out is expected.

East County United (ECU), sponsor of the event, is a nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to educating the public on important issues. ECU also recruits, trains and supports candidates who are ethically honorable, fiscally responsible and socially progressive/compassionate to serve the interest of East County’s working people, small businesses, the middle class, the poor, minorities, the sick, children and the elderly.

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