Steve Sojka at Cajun Festival 2010

Sometimes, volunteering for charity means getting your hands a little dirty.  Steve Sojka warned me about that right before he shook my hand at the center stage beer booth at the Simi Valley Cajun Festival this afternoon.  Steve Sojka, Candidate for Simi Valley Mayor, was serving beer to raise money for the Simi Valley Police Foundation.  The Simi Valley Police Foundation provides financial assistance to the Simi Valley Police Department to enhance existing programs (or fund non-existing programs) in an effort to maintain the best in public safety.

For those who don’t know how proactive Steve Sojka is regarding his support of the Simi Valley Police Foundation and the Rotary Club, here’s some documented evidence that the man is willing to get his hands a little dirty (or beery?).

Simi Valley Cajun Festival 2010

This Memorial Day weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30, is the Simi Valley Cajun Festival. In case you haven’t heard (and it’s likely that most people have heard), the Cajun Festival is an annual event in Simi Valley where attendees can enjoy music and entertainment, unique food and drinks, talent shows, shopping and family friendly activities and fun.

The event is put on by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise and it happens to be an incredibly successful fundraiser.  The Rotary donates to familiar Simi Valley organizations like the Simi Boys and Girls Club, The Free Clinic, The Simi Valley Education Foundation and the Simi Valley Police Foundation.  The love is shared beyond Simi Valley, with benefits going to the American Cancer Society and The Rotary Foundation, just to name a few.

For those of you interested in the Simi Valley political scene, you’ll see some familiar faces at the Cajun Festival.  Last year, I spotted Mayor Paul Miller browsing the vendor booths.  Councilman Steve Sojka and Candidate for Simi Valley Mayor was working the beverage booth last year and sold me a beer! I also saw Councilwoman Michelle Foster at the Cajun Festival last year chatting with fellow Rotarians.  And though I didn’t actually see him last year, Candidate for Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber was likely there as well, and will surely be there this weekend because he, like the Mayor and Councilmembers mentioned, is a member of the Simi Valley Rotary Club.

The event is a real blast.  I attend every year, and do my level best to recruit as many friends as associates as I can to join us for some fun in an energetic, cheery environment. It’s always fun.  Go there this weekend and have a good time.  Bring your cameras!  You WILL see our Simi Valley leadership putting their campaigns on hold and coming together to do a lot of good and raise a lot of money for worthy charities.  I’ll see you there!

Simi Valley Cajun Festival on Video

People regularly want to debate me when I tell them I’m proud to live in Simi Valley.  Here’s one of the strongest reasons to be proud.  It’s the annual Cajun Festival put on by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.  There’s more to it than just a weekend of fun.  The revenue generated by the Cajun Festival is donated to several charities.  What does it take to help those in need in a way that’s enjoyable?  Check out my video!

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