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Fong honors Cassie Wright as the 34th Assembly District's Woman of the Year

Assemblyman Vince Fong

In recognition of her community service, Cassie Wright was named by Assemblyman Vince Fong as the 34th Assembly District's 2022 Woman of the Year.

Wright is known for her dedicated service to the many charitable organizations in Kern County. Most recently, Wright brought 911 At Ease International to Kern County to provide free mental health services for first responders and their families.

"As a business leader, philanthropist and community advocate, Cassie is especially deserving of this honor," said Fong (R-Kern County). "Her dedication and passion for our community is the driving force behind all that she does, including helping build a new neonatal intensive care unit and bringing an essential service like 911 At East International to Kern County."

A Kern County native, Wright attended Bakersfield High School and CSU Bakersfield. Wright's entrepreneurial spirit led her to learn every aspect of the car dealership industry, eventually becoming General Manager of Bill Wright Toyota and later, Toyota's 30th female dealer. Wright owned Bill Wright Toyota and North Bakersfield Toyota until 2020 and carries on the giving spirit of her father Bill Wright through the Wright Family Foundation, which contributes to multiple nonprofits throughout Kern County.

Seeing firsthand the trauma experienced by first responders, Wright founded the Kern County chapter of the 911 At Ease International. This growing program provides free, professional, confidential, local, trauma-informed therapy and counseling for first responders and their families.

"First responders and their families give so much of themselves to the communities they serve," said Wright. "It is important that we prioritize their well-being so they can be the best version of themselves at home and in the field. I am so honored to be recognized by Assemblyman Fong as Woman of the Year and to spread the word about 911 At Ease International."

Founded in 1987, the Woman of the Year event celebrates the contributions made by remarkable women throughout California and honors them for their accomplishments.

Assemblyman Vince Fong represents the 34th Assembly District, encompassing most of Kern County including the communities of Bakersfield, Bear Valley Springs, China Lake, Frazier Park, Golden Hills, Inyokern, Lebec, Oildale, Ridgecrest, Taft and Tehachapi.