Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2018 Man & Woman CampaignAt the annual Grand Finale Gala held at the Hyatt Regency on May 12th, the winners of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2018 Man & Woman of the Year campaign were announced. Josh Corell of Tri Counties Bank was named Man of the Year, and Drisha Leggitt of Anpac Bio was named Woman of the Year. Four men and four women business leaders were candidates in this year’s fundraising competition. The Greater Sacramento Area Chapter of LLS also had its first ever All Star Candidate, Delbert Stapp of Harv’s Car Wash. All Stars are alums of the campaign that compete on a national level with other All Stars in LLS Chapters across the country. Together the Man and Woman of the Year campaign, which includes the All Star, raised over $450,000 to support blood cancer research, new lifesaving therapies and vital patient services. Man & Woman of the Year is philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors.
JDRF One Party Gala FundraiserOn May 11th the JDRF Northern California Inland Chapter presented ONE Party Gala at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento honoring Bob Pole, CMO and Partner, Dome. An evening to support JDRF’s mission to create a world without type 1 diabetes.
American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon On May 11th at the Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Sacramento, the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon ,Keynote Speaker, George Fehrenbacher, MCC, FACC, Roseville Cardiology.
California Musical Theatre Broadway Galatheatre in Sacramento for over 67 years at Music Circus and Broadway. Over 400 business and community leaders enjoyed a reception and gourmet dinner; featured performances from Carolee Carmellon, nationally recognized Broadway singer and the CMT Gala Signers. Guests enjoyed dancing to the music of the live band, Hip Service all in an elegant and theatrical atmosphere at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The proceeds from this event support performing arts and education experiences for our community.
West Sacramento Annual State of the City AddressOn May 3rd, West Sacramento Mayor, Christopher Cabaldon gave his annual State of the City Address. Community members got the chance to hear first-hand from the Mayor about the achievements West Sacramento has made, and the bright and innovative plans for the future of West Sacramento. In addition to the address; City Councilmembers had the honor of recognizing members of the community for civic leadership in the following categories. Pride: Kim Conley. 2016 team USA Olympic athlete. Progress: Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal. Chando’s Tacos. Prosperity: Jess Milbourn. Devil May Care Ice Cream Service: Fred Bustillos. Emergency Operations Coordinator Community: Alona Jennings, Gina Lujan, and Alan Ware. Code for Hood”
Make-A-Wish Wine & Wishes FundraiserMake-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada held their 31st Anniversary of Wine & Wishes on Saturday, April 28 at the Sacramento Convention Center. This year marks the 35 years of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. At the event, more than 700 attendees experienced the power of a wish as they granted a wish to a local child on stage.
The Greater Urban League Unity BallOn April 26th, The Greater Sacramento Urban League Unity Ball was held at the Hyatt Regency, celebrating the 50th anniversary. The annual Unity Ball is a special event where community leaders come together to celebrate the Urban League’s accomplishments and impact while raising critical funds to support the important programs that help underserved youth and adults achieve economic self-reliance. GSUL is committed to educate, empower and employ through programs, policies and advocacy. We STAND STRONG for justice and equality.
American Heart Association Sacramento Heart BallThe 28th Annual Heart Ball- Life is Why was held on Saturday, April 21st at the home of the Sacramento Kings- Golden 1 Center! Chaired by Trish Rodriguez of Kaiser Permanente, and Vice-Chaired by John Rinehart of the Sacramento Kings this event is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Life is Why is the anthem of the American Heart Association, connecting everyone to its mission that we all have a reason to live a longer, heathier life! The evening included dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and more and honored local CPR survivor 13-year-old Delaney Conway. Unveiled that evening was Sacramento's first CPR Kiosk, sponsored by Clark Pacific. Now members of the community can learn Hands Only CPR at the Golden 1 Center!
Junior League Sacramento 75th Anniversary GalaOn April 7th, the Junior League of Sacramento held the 75th Anniversary Gala at the Croatian American Cultural Center.
The Association of Commercial Real Estate Broker of the Year AwardsOn April 5th at the Hyatt Regency, The Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE), held the annual Broker of the Year Awards. The Association of Commercial Real Estate’s Charity Benefit/Broker of the Year Awards originated in 1992. These distinguished awards are presented annually to brokers who have achieved outstanding brokerage results in eight categories: Industrial, Office, Retail, Investments (non-Apartment), Land, Multi-Family, Rookie of the Year, Broker of the Year and Broker’s Choice. The Broker of the Year Award will be presented to the outstanding Broker that year. In addition to recognizing industry high achievers, the Charity Benefit Broker of the Year Awards has given many millions to local charities. This year’s Charity recipient went to 3 Strands Global.
Carmichael Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year Awards DinnerOn March 16th, The Carmichael Chamber of commerce held the 9th Annual Person of the Year Awards Dinner at Arden Hills Club Resort & Spa. Honorees: Taro Arai, Mikuni’s Businessman of the Year Shawna Rivera, Lido Café & Bakery Businesswoman of the Year Dan Kellow, Comerica Bank Young Professional of the Year Barbara Safford Volunteer of the Year Lina Fat, Fat Family Restaurants 2018 Person of the Year
Sacramento Public Library Foundation Authors on The Move FundraiserThe Sacramento Public Library Foundation presented the 16th annual fundraiser Authors on the Move “Read Beyond Your Fears” at the Hyatt Regency on March 10, 2018 This year’s “Authors on the Move“ brought together 40 plus distinguished California authors and their recently published books for an evening of literary delight with featured author and speaker, Sasha Abramsky.
Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch for NonprofitsOn March 8th at the Golden 1 Center, Social Venture Partners (SVP) held the 2018 Fast Pitch event that brought together over 800 individuals from the Greater Sacramento region to elevate 10 nonprofits and their stories. The event and program successfully raised $217,000 in cash and in-kind support for 12 nonprofits in the 2018 Fast Pitch program. The winners of the Fast Pitch competition awards were: The 1st place winner was Ashlie Bryant from 3Strands Global Foundation who won $15,000 The 2nd place winner was Mike Mason from KidsFirst who won $2,000 The 3rd place winner was Licia King from CCHAT Sacramento who won $1,000
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Salud Business Awards LuncheonOn March 2nd the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held the 2018 Salud Awards Business Luncheon at The Center, Twenty Three Hundred, Sierra Blvd. Salud Award Recipients: Chando’s Tacos, Small Business Entravision, Corporate Partner La Familia Counseling Center, Non-Profit Partner Lisa Kirkland, Young Professional, Dignity Health President Robert Nelsen, Sacramento State, President’s Award
Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber Installation & Awards DinnerOn February 22nd, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce held their 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento. Honorees: Mark Friedman, President of Fulcrum Property and 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to The Matsui Family.
Asian Resources Inc Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner The Lunar New Year Dinner and Awards annual fundraiser was on February 22nd to support ARI's programs and services. Established in 1980, Asian Resources Inc. (ARI), is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to empowering disenfranchised communities by assisting them in becoming proactive citizens and achieving self-sufficiency. Awards: May O. Lee Award: Dr. Donna L. Yee Community Partner Award: Basim Elkarra, Board of Trustees, Twin Rivers Community Partner Award: Kevin McCarty, Assembly Member
Sacramento Commercial Real Estate Women of Influence AwardsCongratulations, Sacramento Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) for the Women of Influence dinner and Awards was on February 15th at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria downtown Sacramento to honor dynamic & influential women in the Real Estate community.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento Annual Hammy Awards DinnerOn January 31st, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento hosted the 24TH Annual Hammy Awards Dinner at The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred. The 350 person dinner and awards banquet honored and celebrated the donors, sponsors, volunteers, trade partners, ReStore supporters, and partner families who helped Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in 2017. During the event, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento also proudly announced their newly named Chief Executive Officer, Leah Miller.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner and Service AwardsThe MLK Celebration hosted its 18th annual event at Sacramento State University More than 500 + elected officials, judges, law enforcement, business leaders, clergy, nonprofits and students attended. Susan Savage, CEO of the Sacramento River Cats received the Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award. The Annual MLK Celebration symbolizes the principles of freedom and unity, and the celebration of diversity that highlighted the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual Diner and Business Awards The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual Diner & Business Awards was on January 26 the Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento.
State of Downtown Sacramento AddressLocal community and business leaders came together to celebrate the 20thth Annual State of Downtown on January 23. Produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Executive Director Michael Ault, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and former 3-term mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy, reviewed downtown progress and inspired new revitalization initiatives for the year ahead.
The North State Building Industry Association Installation of Officers, Awards and DinnerNorth State BIA Installation of Officers and Dinner The 75th Annual Installation of Officers, Reception, Dinner and Awards was on 
Friday, January 19, 2018 at the 
Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento. The North State Building Industry Association (BIA) is the leading advocate for the home building industry in the greater Sacramento region. Representing over 500 members, including nearly 50,000 industry jobs, the BIA is committed to preserving and furthering the economic interests of its members, while also working to enhance the industry's standing as a significant contributor to the regional economy.
Punch Bowl Social Opening in Downtown Commons" Punch Bowl Social opened a 25,800 square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment concept within the Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center in the DOCO development in downtown Sacramento on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Punch Bowl Social is an admired, award-winning “eat-ertainment” business that combines social gaming with a primary focus on culinary and craft beverage operations. At the highly-anticipated grand opening party, ticketed guests will enjoy an extensive offering of bites from the Punch Bowl Social menu, unlimited select drinks, complimentary games and live music. Tickets are $20 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting The Norah Foundation, a local nonprofit that is, “spreading love and restoring hope in the lives of children and families facing health related hardships The award-winning Punch Bowl Social brand brings its thoughtfully curated menu created by the company’s culinary partner, James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and “Top Chef” judge, Hugh Acheson to Sacramento. Acheson leads the ongoing culinary direction of the growing restaurant concept, further strengthening Punch Bowl Social’s commitment to a diner-inspired scratch kitchen. Punch Bowl Social Sacramento will feature eight bowling lanes, two bocce courts, two private karaoke rooms, a custom built 360 degree bar with plenty of televisions for the sports enthusiast and numerous other lounging and gathering spots – for groups both large and small - housed in an eclectic space where the décor melds mountain lodge, Victorian, modern and industrial elements. Additionally, Punch Bowl Social Sacramento will include two Virtual Reality Parlors. New to the brand and already wildly-popular at its Austin location, Punch Bowl Social’s VR Bazaars offer a unique opportunity for guests to experience the very latest virtual reality technology in a highly social setting. Each parlor is outfitted with cutting-edge VR technology, comfy couches, tables for sharable food and drinks, large screen TVs allowing the entire group to participate in the action, and dedicated servers and tech support team members."
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber Latina Estrella Luncheon and AwardsThe Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held it's 3rd Annual Latina Estrella Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12th at the Holiday Inn-Downtown Arena. With an audience of 200, four exceptional women were honored for their professional and community accomplishments to our region Lorena Martinez, The Colour Bar, Dr. Adela De La Torre, UC Davis, Melinda Guzman, Melinda Guzman Corporation, and Marie Acosta, Latino Center for Art & Culture. The 2017 Estrellas inspired with their personal stories of how they have reached success and the mentors that they had a long the way.
Sacramento Metro Chamber Holiday MixerThe Sacramento Metro Chamber annual Holiday Mixer was on December 5th at the California Auto Museum.
The Crocker Ball FundraiserThe Crocker Art Museum’s Crocker Ball, a benefit supporting special programs at the museum was on December 2, 2017. The signature black-tie fundraiser makes it possible for the institution to offer valuable programming for members of the region’s underserved communities.
Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center “HOPE THRIVES HERE” CelebrationThe Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center held its Second Annual Hope Thrives Here Celebration with more than 400 community leaders and community members in attendance at Sacramento State on November 18, 2017. Proceeds support the Center's collaborative work with victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, sexual assault and child abuse. Open for just 16 months, the Family Justice Center has served over 1,500 individuals and families in our region.
City of Sacramento Innovate Sac ConferenceOn Wednesday, November 15, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sacramento State hosted The City of Sacramento's Innovate Sac conference. 150 people turned out to explore the exhibits of regional innovators and also hear from civic leaders and technology thought-leaders about how we can leverage emerging technologies to transform Sacramento into an innovation hub. The primary purpose of the event was to launch the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab. SUTL is a vision from the City of Sacramento’s Mayor's Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of government, academia and industry collaborating to transform Sacramento into a living laboratory for entrepreneurs, advanced technology businesses, and academic institutions to test, develop, and scale their ideas, products, and services. Speakers included Robert Nelsen, president of Sacramento State, Darrell Steinberg, mayor of, the City of Sacramento, Keynote Aaron Frank from Singularity University, Austin Brown, the executive director for the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, and Louis Steward, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Sacramento.
American Leadership Forum Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner The American Leadership Forum’s Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner was on November 15th, downtown Sacramento, at the Memorial Auditorium. Honorees: Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations Lial Jones, CEO and the Mort and Marcy Friedman Director, Crocker Art Museum Patrick Mulvaney. Restaurateur, Mulvaney’s B&L Funds raised by the dinner will be used to provide scholarships to ensure diverse representation from communities across the region in ALF’s programs. Since 1981, the American Leadership Forum (ALF), a national non-profit organization, has dedicated its work to revitalizing leadership within communities across the nation.
The Association of Commercial Real Estate Developer ShowcaseMore than 1,000 people attended the Association of Commercial Real Estate’s annual Developer Showcase on November 9th at the Hyatt Regency The showcase, now in its 18th year, is a networking event and trade show for the commercial real estate industry presented by ACRE and NAIOP.