Elizabeth Edwards is coming to the East Bay

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, will be in the Bay Area in about 10 days to press some flesh and rake in some dough.

On Saturday night Sept. 29, she’ll keynote a the annual fundraising dinner for the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, the country’s first free-standing facility offering palliative care for seriously and terminally ill children and support for their families. A news release said she’ll “share her message of finding hope under difficult circumstances” with about 375 well-heeled guests.

The next day, Sunday, Sept. 30, she’ll be the guest of honor at a fundraising luncheon hosted by Bob and Maggie Klein at their Oliveto Café, 5655 College Ave. in Oakland’s Rockridge district. “Whether you have decided on a candidate or not, this is a rare opportunity to meet Elizabeth Edwards, one of the most courageous women on the campaign trail, and to hear more about her personal journey and the Edwards campaign in a small group setting accompanied by a superb lunch,” says the release. Tickets cost $500 each, $5,000 for a table.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.