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.
Sacramento Girl Scouts STEM CENTER & MakerSpace Grand OpeningGirl Scouts Heart of Central California opened the new STEM Center + MakerSpace on November 8, National STEM day. The celebration included community members, supporters, volunteers and members. This is the region’s only girls-only space dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The location is 6601 Elvas, Sacramento
Make-A-Wish Annual Breakfast to Grant Wishes to ChildrenMake-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada hosted their annual Wake Up For Wishes breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center on Wednesday, November 8 to thank supporters and highlight four wishes that they granted this year. At the event they surprised two local children in big ways. Samuel, four, who battles kidney cancer, learned from retired Astronaut Stephen Robison that his wish to see a ‘real’ spaceship was coming true in January! Samuel’s wish is sponsored by the chapter founder and local business man Frank Ramos. The second child that was surprised was Dominic, 15, who battles bone cancer. His wish was granted last month to give out Thank You awards to many who helped him through the difficult journey of fighting cancer. One of the people Dominic had wished to be at his Night of Gratitude was his grandmother, Amy, from Texas. So Make-A-Wish flew her out to surprise him on stage at the breakfast. His wish was sponsored by Five Star Bank and was enhanced by Shutterfly.
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon and Awards hosted by Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsAssociation of Fundraising Professionals California Capitol Chapter hosted National Philanthropy Day (NPD) on Wednesday, November 8 at the Hyatt in Sacramento. NPD is a grassroots movement to increase public interest and awareness of the importance of philanthropy, as well as knowledge on giving, volunteering and engagement at the charitable level so people can practice effective philanthropy. This year we were able to celebrate this region’s incredible spirit of generosity by recognizing the individuals and organizations that exemplify that philanthropy. The honorees awarded model leadership, selflessness, and a vision for a brighter and better future – starting right here in our own community. 2017 Honorees • Outstanding Organization: SMUD • Outstanding Corporation: Western Health Advantage • Youth in Philanthropy: Lizzie Allison • Outstanding Philanthropists: Dr. Dennis and Nancy Marks • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Bryce Robicheau • Outstanding Professional Fundraiser: Karen Good, CFRM, CNEL
State of Sacramento County Address On November 3rd the State of Sacramento County was presented by Sacramento County, a Metro Chamber production at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Guest speaker was John Kirby, Vice President, Capacity Planning, Alaska Airlines. As the economic epicenter for the six-county region, Sacramento County plays a vital role in the region's overall well-being and is the ideal place for businesses to grow, employees to thrive and visitors to taste and explore. The Sacramento Metro Chamber is pleased to partner with Sacramento County to present this year?s premier forum focused on the state of the County and exciting efforts as the region soars to new heights. The Sacramento County Airport System supports our employers and visitors alike with four airports moving passengers and cargo. As Mather Airport trains the next generation of pilots and Sacramento International Airport celebrates a 50th birthday this fall and looks to increase their direct offerings, our airport system is a true economic driver for the region.
Sacramento Mutual Housing Honored CEO Rachel IskowOn October 26th at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, downtown Sacramento was an evening to honor 24 years of Rachel Iskow’s leadership as CEO of Sacramento Mutual Housing California. The event “Preserving Our Legacy” also gave attendees the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and to learn more about Mutual Housing’s commitment to affordable homes. The evening also marked the inauguration of the Visionaries Legacy Fund. Established in honor of the pioneering visionaries who built Mutual Housing’s strong foundation.
Sacramento Breathe Centennial Gala On Oct 21st at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Breathe California celebrated the Regions’ Centennial Birthday. Since 1917, Breathe has built a legacy of fighting for clean air, healthy lungs, and smoke-free living. Special guests included Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Mayor Darrell Steinberg,
Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Internal Study MissionThe Host Committee invited business leaders to the 9th Annual Internal Study Mission, Oct 12-20th, presented by Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. They visited prominent locations throughout Sacramento as they had an inside look at the assets, talents and Next Economy opportunities of the six-county region. Over the course of two days, speakers and panelists discussed what makes Sacramento the “best of, first at, leader in” with a focus on civic amenities, economic development, education, innovation and more!
The National Association of Women Business Owners Awards DinnerThe National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley Chapter dinner and awards was at the Doubletree Hotel on Oct. 19th The Annual Outstanding Women Leader (OWL) Awards were established in 1997 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Sacramento Valley chapter to acknowledge and celebrate exemplary women leaders in the business community. Now in its 20th year, the annual event has become a tradition as it pays tribute to top achievers among women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who have advanced the status of entrepreneurial excellence, and community leadership.
Le Dîner en Blanc SacramentoAlmost, 1,700 revelers gathered at the iconic Sacramento Memorial Auditorium for the 2nd edition of Le Dîner en Blanc Sacramento on October 7th. Once again, Sacramentans had a chance to enjoy one of the city's special public spaces, exhibit unique fashion, and dine together in open-air with friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. Diner en Blanc is an event held globally where pre-registered guests agree to dress all in white and enjoy a private picnic at a public space. The International event debuted locally in 2016 on DOCO Plaza at the Golden 1 Center just days after the grand opening of Sacramento’s newest and most anticipated community venue. With Sacramento Memorial Auditorium opening doors in 1927, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, event organizers were excited to bring Dîner en Blanc to one of the city’s oldest and most historic community venues. The pop-up Parisian-style picnic requires guests to wear all white, prepare their own menus, and bring their own picnic materials, including table and chairs. “As Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc, we love the spirit, energy, enthusiasm and total commitment by guests to participate in an event of their own creation,” said Christine Ault, one of six co-hosts who organize the event. “We were so happy to see new friendships being made, existing ones celebrated, and our diverse community join together in a joyous one-of-a-kind experience.” Created in Paris nearly 30 years ago, this global phenomenon takes place in more than 70 cities and 25 countries around the world such as New York, Sydney, Toronto, Singapore, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and—now Sacramento. “Le Dîner en Blanc is organized purely to build community and friendship and not for profit or associated with any humanitarian or fundraising cause,” Ault said. “With more than 20 events in the U.S. alone, Sacramento holds the distinction of being the first and only city in all of Northern California to host this international affair.” Le Dîner en Blanc Sacramento is produced by six hosts and a volunteer team of almost 40 Leaders. The 2017 event was supported by local partners Nugget Markets, Land Rover Rocklin and Sacramento, and the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, and Evian Badoit as the national partner.
Land Based Learning DINNER AT THE BARN FundraiserThe second fundraiser dinner at the BARN in West Sacramento on October 8th, presented by Raley’s The evening started with cocktail reception at the Barn with diner and auction at the Garden Park with Urban Farm local meal prepared by chefs, Taylor Loveland and David Dein of The Patriot Restaurant in Carmichael. The BARN is the Bridge District’s new indoor/outdoor hot spot for entertainment, fundraisers, food service and farmers market on West Sacramento’s riverfront. The Center for Land-Based Learning is dedicated to creating the next generation of farmers and teaching California’s youth about the importance of agriculture and natural resource conservation
Niello Concours at SerranoOn Oct 1st with gorgeous weather, fabulous motor cars and an elegant atmosphere the 14th Annual Niello Concours at Serrano did not disappoint attendees. The green was graced with over 100 years of automotive history, from the classics to exotics and everything in between...including the Batmobile!
3Strands Global Foundation Viva L’Auto and Fundraiser3Strands Global Foundation was honored to plan the 8th Annual Viva L’Auto event, on September 30, 2017 – an evening featuring the Automobiles of the Niello Concours at Serrano. A gorgeous evening at the Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom; the guests filled the venue listening and dancing to live music provided by Soultones Band, delicious food and wine, a fantastic live auction led by David Sobon and a wonderful array of silent auction items to bid on. 3Strands Global Foundation is committed to the vision of a world free of human trafficking.
Sacramento Walk of Stars GalaThe celebratory gala was on September 28th at the Memorial Auditorium. . Nearly 400 people attended the sold out event where honorees shared inspirational stories, accomplishments and what Sacramento means to them. The Sacramento region boasts some of the world's greatest entertainers and artists, athletes, news people, business people and scientists. The Sacramento Walk of Stars honored national and worldwide accomplishments made by those who call or once called the Sacramento region home. Honorees Nicholas Sparks, Russ Solomon, Billy Mills and Ruthie Bolton Entertainment & Arts/Nicholas Sparks: Best-selling author of “The Notebook Business/Russ Solomon: Entrepreneur and founder of Tower Records Sports and Humanitarian/Billy Mills: U.S. gold medal winner best known for defying expectations with one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history and only U.S. Olympic gold medal winner in the 10,000-meter race. Sports/Ruthie Bolton: WNBA all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-year Sacramento Monarchs player inducted in to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
The Sacramento Walk of Stars Installation CeremonyOn September 28th the Sacramento Walk of Stars honored its second-annual stars with the unveiling of in-laid blue terrazzo stars with their names along L Street between 18th and 19th streets in the Handle District, downtown Sacramento. Honorees Nicholas Sparks, Russ Solomon, Billy Mills and Ruthie Bolton Entertainment & Arts/Nicholas Sparks: Best-selling author of “The Notebook Business/Russ Solomon: Entrepreneur and founder of Tower Records Sports and Humanitarian/Billy Mills: U.S. gold medal winner best known for defying expectations with one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history and only U.S. Olympic gold medal winner in the 10,000-meter race. Sports/Ruthie Bolton: WNBA all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-year Sacramento Monarchs player inducted in to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Sacramento Walk of Stars organizers will follow the installation ceremony with a celebratory gala Thursday evening at Memorial Auditorium. Nearly 400 people will attend the sold out event where honorees will share inspirational stories, accomplishments and what Sacramento means to them.
Wine, Wedges And Wishes Golf Tournament Fundraiser To Benefit Make-A-WishEd Crane hosted his 19th annual Wine, Wedges and Wishes golf tournament benefitting Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada at Topgolf on Monday, September 18. Ed Crane hosts this event each year in memory of his two sons, Brian and Timmy. Nearly 200 people came out to support this cause.
Sacramento Children’s Home 150th Anniversary GalaOn Saturday, September 16th, 2017 the Sacramento Children’s Home held their 150th Anniversary Gala at Memorial Auditorium. The 150th Gala was an evening of celebration. Celebrating the Home’s history as Sacramento’s oldest active nonprofit as well as a look to the future of serving children and families in our community.The event was attended by approximately 400 generous supporters and community leaders including Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Supervisor Phil Serna. Attendees enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, exquisite wines and live music from Supervisor Phil Serna’s UnSupervised Band. The SCH 150th Anniversary Gala was a hugely successful event, raising a total of approximately $421,000 to support the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery Program.
North State Building Industry Association Awards GalaMAME 42: A Night to Honor the Homebuilding Industry’s Best Nearly 600 homebuilding industry professionals turned up for the North State Building Industry Association’s (BIA) annual Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence or MAME awards gala on September 15. Held at the Sheraton Grand, the 42nd edition of the awards event highlighted the best, brightest, and most innovative individuals, products, and communities in the greater Sacramento region.
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Scholarship & Awards DinnerThe Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 15th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 14, at the 2017 Crystal Gala Scholarship and Awards Dinner held at Dante Club. Honorees included 2017 Rainbow Chamber Business Leaders of the Year Steven Walker of Fast Break Tech and Jason Russell of Russell CPAs, as well as SMUD Supplier Diversity Advocate Lori Okamoto, who received a special Leadership in Action Award, and nine students who received Rainbow Chamber Foundation scholarships. Proceeds of live and silent auctions presented by Steve Godfryd of Pacific Auction Co. will benefit the Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund. Guests capped off the evening at a Studio 54-themed VIP after-party.
Sacramento Pride Gala and AwardsThe Sacramento LGBT Community Center annual Pride Awards and Dinner fundraiser was on August 30th at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria.
CAPITAL CelebrASIAN DinnerCAPITAL celebrated their 5th Annual CelebrASIAN Dinner on Aug 24, 2017. CAPITAL is celebrating 22 years of API Unity in our greater Sacramento area and this year honored the recipients of CAL (Collaboration Advocacy & Leadership) Grant for the past year with Coach V and his football program reaching Tongan's youth and Professor Tim Fong for his new API Demographic Project that will collect data on the true API demographic footprint.
Make-A-Wish Community WALK FOR WISHESWalk For Wishes is a non-competitive, family-friendly, community 3-mile or 1-mile walk through beautiful downtown Sacramento benefitting Make-A-Wish. Walk Teams generally consist of 5 – 50 team members comprised of family, friends and co-workers as they unite to raise funds to grant wishes to local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. The event was at the State Capitol on August 19th.
The Wall Ball Outside The Lines Party for Arts Education fundraiserThe Wide Open Walls mural festival took place from August 10th through the 20th, 2017. It brought over 40 artists – local, national and international – to the Sacramento area. This year’s event added to the region’s already venerable history of mural painting – which has produced over 600 murals over the last 40 years. The festival celebrates the relevancy and diversity of street art, and will transform walls and neighborhoods throughout the downtown area and beyond.
American Leadership Forum All Access New Leaders Reception welcomed the new Chancellor of UC Davis, Gary MayAmerican Leadership Forum Reception welcomed newly selected Chancellor of UC Davis Chancellor Gary May. The reception was on August 17th at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento. American Leadership Forum Reception welcomed newly selected Chancellor of UC Davis Chancellor Gary May. The reception was on August 17th at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento. The ALF vision is to improve the social, economic, and political fabric of the Greater Sacramento region through shared commitment to collaborative action. The mission is to UNITE boundary-crossing leaders from a diversity of sectors throughout the Greater Sacramento region; STRENGTHEN their leadership capacity through deepening relationships and transformative experiences; and SERVE the community by working collaboratively to make significant positive contributions. The ALF vision is to improve the social, economic, and political fabric of the Greater Sacramento region through shared commitment to collaborative action. The mission is to UNITE boundary-crossing leaders from a diversity of sectors throughout the Greater Sacramento region; STRENGTHEN their leadership capacity through deepening relationships and transformative experiences; and SERVE the community by working collaboratively to make significant positive contributions.
The NeighborWorks Art, Wine & Food Classic FundraiserThe NeighborWorks Art, Wine & Food Classic Fundraiser was on August 12th at the Tskaopoulos Library Galleria, downtown Sacramento. Founded by a small group of residents who wanted to improve their distressed neighborhood, Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services was created in 1987. Now doing business as NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region (NeighborWorks® Sacramento), the organization has changed and grown, but the heart of its mission remains the same. Initially, Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services served just four neighborhoods in Sacramento. Today, NeighborWorks® Sacramento serves an 11-county region from two offices, and its program offerings include a full range of services to assist potential and current homeowners. The mission is to “provide opportunities for successful homeownership and strong communities through quality education, affordable lending, supportive partnership and dedicated leadership.”

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