Author’s luncheon fundraiser to support the Assistance League® of Ventura County

On Saturday, October 15th the Assistance League® of Ventura County will be hosting an Author’s Luncheon at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor. This fundraiser features three amazing authors, each representing a different genre (non-fiction, fiction, and children’s books). Each of the writers will be discussing their work, diving into how they weave together the stories that grace the pages of their books. The event includes a three-course luncheon, silent auction, and more, with all proceeds benefitting the philanthropic programs of Assistance League® of Ventura County. Below are some details about each author and their books.

Betsy Blanchard Chess is the local non-fiction writer of Daughter of the Land: Growing Up in the Citrus Capitol of the World, which tells the story of a free-spirited child of privilege sheltered amongst the lemon and orange groves of the Santa Clara Valley. This tale weaves both family legacy and how the author fits into the story of her pioneering ancestors.

Award-winning author Sheila Lowe writes stories of psychological suspense that puts ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. Like her fictional character Claudia Rose in the award-winning Forensic Handwriting series, Sheila is a real-life forensic handwriting examiner who is recognized as an expert in the court system. She also writes the Beyond the Veil paranormal suspense series and nonfiction books about handwriting and personality.

Children’s author Sarah Lynn Scheerger is a school-based counselor and the author of eight books, ranging from picture books to middle-grade novels to young adult novels. Her debut middle-grade novel, Operation Frog Effect, was nominated for four 2020-2021 regional lists (Sunshine State Young Readers List Selection, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan, Surrey Schools Book of The Year selection, VA READS) and nominated for three 2021-2022 lists (Young Hoosier Book Award, Land of Enchantment Book Award, Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award).

Tickets to this event cost $65, and can be purchased on their website noted below. The doors open at 9AM, with the event running to 10AM-1PM. For more information, please contact the organization at 805.643.2458 or [email protected]. You can find them at as well as on Facebook and Instagram.

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