Golden State Water and California American Water Team up with State Assembly Member Ken Cooley for “Operation Gobble”

450 Thanksgiving Turkeys to be Delivered to Local Non-profits

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



Operation Gobble


12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016


Assembly Member Ken Cooley District Office
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 130
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


Evan Jacobs for California American Water at (916) 568-4252
Paige Bedegrew for Golden State Water at (916) 448-5802
Assembly Member Cooley District Office at (916) 464-1910

California State Assembly Member Ken Cooley and two water companies
serving his district – Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water)
and California American Water – will provide 450 turkeys with a
combined weight of more than two tons to local non-profits as part of
the 26th annual “Operation Gobble” program. The turkeys will be
distributed at his district office on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 to
approximately 21 organizations including the St. John’s Homeless
Shelter, the North Highlands Community Church and the Rancho Cordova
Food Closet.

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

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. This year, Save Mart
Supermarket is providing the turkeys at their cost to help reach even
more families.

“The dedicated local employees of California American Water and Golden
State Water work hard to provide a high quality and reliable water
supply to thousands of homes and businesses in the greater the
Sacramento region,” said Paul Schubert, Northern General Manager for
Golden State Water. “Operation Gobble has become an important part of
the holiday season for all of our employees, providing us the
opportunity support 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.

“Golden State Water, California American Water, Assembly Member Cooley
and our non-profit partners are proud to be a part of this effort, which
makes the Thanksgiving holiday a little brighter for our neighbors in
need,” said Evan Jacobs, the External Affairs Manager for California
American Water.

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

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.


California American Water
Evan Jacobs, 916-568-4252