Greater Sacramento Unity BallMayor Darrell Steinberg, Chet Hewitt, President & CEO, Sierra Health Foundation and Barry Broome, President and CEO, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, were honorary chairs for an evening of celebration and partnerships at Unity Ball 2017 at the Hyatt Regency on April 20th The Board of Directors has worked closely with the new leadership and staff to bring new programs including a customer service focused Job Center, Adult High School Diploma program, Youth Empowerment Programs, Certified Nursing Assistant Certification, housing counseling, Reentry Program and Black Child Legacy Campaign and to have also foster numerous partnerships to bring services and opportunities to youth and adults in the larger community.
 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. 
Unity Ball 2017l included special award recognition and a guest performance from nationally acclaimed American Soul Singer, Freddie Jackson. Among his well-known hits are “Rock Me Tonight”, “Have You Ever Loved Somebody”, “Jam Tonight” and “You Are My Lady”.
Sacramento City College Centennial Gala
Sacramento State Green & Gold Gala
Power Inn Alliance Annual Luncheon and Community Awards275 community leaders joined Power Inn Alliance, the Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) as it hosted their 23rd annual luncheon on Thursday, March 23rd at the Harper Alumni Center on Sacramento State’s campus. The Alliance announced the creation of the micromanufacturing contest called “Making Your Mark” and it also shared that the area would be part of the major expansion for the 2nd annual Sacramento Mural Festival now being called “Wide Open Walls”. Attendees also heard about the district’s growth plans through a panel consisting of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Eric Guerra, economic development strategist Barbara Hayes and real estate developer David Moon. The organization also presented three community awards this year and those went to the Sacramento Police Department’s Impact Team including Sergeant Greg Galliano and Officers Scott Hall and Mike Loscher; Dick Fischer of Fischer Properties; and Sally Freedlander of Granite Park Partners, who received the inaugural Tom Burris Community Service award.
Sacramento Public Relations Association CAPPIE AwardsThe SPRA CAPPIE Awards was on March 23rd at Beatnik Studios, downtown Sacramento. The SPRA provides public relations professionals with career enhancement opportunities and advocates for the profession within the greater Sacramento region.
Association of Commercial Real Estate Broker of the Year AwardsThe 25th Annual ACRE Broker of the Year Awards (BOYA) was on March 17th at the Hyatt Regency, celebrating the top Brokers in Sacramento’s commercial real estate industry. BOYA also raises funds for local charities with this year recipient, Make-A-Wish. The Association of Commercial Real Estate, ACRE, is a non-profit, professional association formed to promote working relationships and professionalism within the Sacramento commercial real estate community. ACRE brings together commercial brokers and affiliated professionals for business networking, educational presentations and discussion of industry developments.
American Red Cross BASH Gala and Fundraiser The American Red Cross BASH returned to Sacramento, Saturday, March 18, 2017, McClellan Conference Center with a salute to 100 years of veterans! Featuring KFBK’s Kitty O’Neal as Master of Ceremonies, David Sobon as Auctioneer, music by the Peter Petty Orchestra, and honoring Jeanne Reaves. Attendees dusted off old uniform, found some scrubs or favorite Hawaiian shirt to join and honor veterans by supporting the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces and 100 years of Red Cross service in our communities!
Social Venture Partners of Sacramento Fast PitchCongratulations top 3 winners - #1 Sac Library #2 Powerhouse Science Center and #3 YMCA! SVP Fast Pitch 2017 was at the Golden 1 Center on March 8th 10 nonprofits pitched for their chance to win over $30K in funding and in-kind support. Fast Pitch was an inspiring evening that brought together the Sacramento Region's most impact to the nonprofits Attendees VOTED to help decide the Audience Award winner! Nonprofits have a story to tell. Fast Pitch helps them tell it. Fast Pitch recruits 40 of Sacramento’s most distinguished business professionals to coach 20 nonprofits in how to tell their story in just three minutes. The pinnacle of Fast Pitch happens on March 8th at Golden 1 Center when 10 nonprofit finalists will compete to win over $40,000 in prize money and awards! Fast Pitch is an innovative model used by many SVPs worldwide for selecting and engaging with area non-profits. Our 20 semifinalist nonprofits work 2:1 with our incredible coaches to refine their elevator pitch and tell their story of community impact. After several sessions with mentors, Fast Pitch Contestant Organizations participate in the Fast Pitch event – presenting their refined Pitch to the Sacramento community, area investors, and event sponsors. Participating organizations compete to win funding and in-kind support, determined by event attendees, a judging panel, and our coaches.
The Sacramento Public Library Foundation Authors on the Move FundraiserThe Sacramento Public Library Foundation presented “The Hero’s Journey” Authors on the Move and fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency on March 3, 2017 This year’s “Authors on the Move“ marks our 15th year of brought together 40 plus distinguished California authors and their recently published books for an evening of literary delight. keynote speaker, Héctor Tobar recently published novel, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of Thirty-Three Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free. Deep Down Dark tells the true story of 33 miners who were buried underground in a Chilean mine for 69 days beginning on August 5, 2010. When the men were underground they agreed that they would tell their story once, to one person. This event supports the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the Foundation’s operations!
United Way OUR PROMISE Thank you BreakfastOur Promise leadership came together on March 1, 2017 for the Our Promise Thank You Breakfast, which celebrates the campaign’s 2016 achievements and recognized outstanding volunteers, agencies and departments. For over 50 years, Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work has shown commitment and dedication to communities; its impact is truly historic, and has been the single largest effort among 300,000 plus state employees to support charitable programs.
Sacramento Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Women of Influence AwardsCongratulations Sacramento Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) for the Women of Influence dinner and Awards was on February 23rd at the Sterling Hotel to honor women in Real Estate
Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards DinnerOn February 2, 2017, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 24th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner! With Regional leaders, community partners, members and elected officials. Guests joined the Chamber to celebrate a special evening recognizing their 2017 awardees. Award winners included Honoree Mark Friedman, Emerging Leader Jim Alves, Small Business of the Year Megami Bento-Ya Restaurant, Ambassador of the Year Jeff Yankauskas, Corporate Steward California Bank & Trust, and API Rise Awardees; Interim City Manager Howard Chan, County Executive Nav Gill, General Manager/CEO of Regional Transit Henry Li, and Interim Sacramento Police Chief Brian Louie. Singer-Songwriters Julianne Aurora and Joseph Vincent opened and ended the evening with powerful performances.
Sacramento Children’s Home 150th Anniversary Business LuncheonOn Wednesday, February 1st, Sacramento Children’s Home kicked off its 150th Anniversary Celebration with a Business Luncheon at the Golden 1 Center. The 150th Anniversary Business Luncheon was attended by nearly 500 local business leaders and dedicated supporters and included speeches from Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento Children’s Home CEO Roy Alexander, Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger, and former resident turned successful attorney, Miles Cooley. SCH celebrated not only its 150 year history, but also the important role Sacramento’s business leaders continue to play in caring for our community’s most vulnerable children and families.
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Business AwardsThe Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce annual Diner & Business Awards was on January 27th the Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento.
Asian Resources Inc. Lunar New Year Dinner and AwardsThe Lunar New Year Dinner and Awards annual fundraiser was on January 26th 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.
Habitat for Humanity Hammy Awards DinnerThe Hammy awards were on January 25, 2017 to celebrate all Habitat for Humanity has accomplished together in 2016 through the help of donors, sponsors, volunteers, trade partners, families and store partners. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
State of Downtown Sacramento AddressThe 19th Annual State of Downtown breakfast was on January 25, 2017 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium with Sacramento Partnership and local community and business leaders.
Sacramento Ballet Gala and FundraiserThe Gala “Rock the Casbah” was on January 21st at the Memorial Auditorium.
West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Installation and Award Dinner
Blue Heart International Snowflake Ball FundraiserThe Blue Heart International presented the Snowflake Ball on January 14, 2017 at the Center Twenty-Three Hundred. The Blue Heart International mission is to raise public awareness initiatives to reach those most at risk and provide financial assistance in housing and the restoration of human trafficking survivors.
Meristem FundraiserOn the evening of January 12, 2017 Julie and Phil Angelides hosted an event for Meristem at their Land Park home. Co-hosting the event were Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Tina Thomas. Meristem is a program that focuses on young adults aged 18-28 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental challenges. The event raised over $100,000 for Meristem’s scholarship program and had approximately 75 attendees. The Meristem bakery provided their tasty, student created cupcake creations for the guests.
Putting Kids First: A First 5 Sacramento ConveningPutting Kids First: A First 5 Sacramento Convening on January 11th at the Library Galleria, brought together state and local elected officials to discuss the most pressing issues facing young children and families in our community. State legislators, early childhood experts and school district board members discussed policy opportunities to preserve and protect funding for critical children’s services.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) annual Crab FeedCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held the annual Wizard of Oz Crab Feed on January 7th at Scottish Rite Masonic Center with 500+ in attendance for this worthwhile fundraiser. The CASA Mission Ensuring consistency and support for children in the foster care system through the use of volunteer advocates advancing the best interests of each child. 80,000 of California’s children are in foster care because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. In many cases these children become victims a second time — in an overburdened child welfare system that cannot pay close attention to each child whose life is in its hands. The volunteer gets to know the child and then lets the judge and others in the child welfare system know the child’s perspective and the child’s needs.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s official Swearing-in Celebration with the re-elected City Councilmember’s.Sacramento Mayor official swearing-in and inauguration was at the California Railroad Museum on December 13th with 3,000 attendees. Congratulations to our new Sacramento Mayor, Darrell Steinberg and re-elected council-members; Larry Carr, Eric Guerra, Steve Hansen and Allen Warren
Great Sac Give Back with Sacramento City Council Member, Steve Hansen, District 4 and Mayor-Elect Darrell SteinbergMayor Elect Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento City Council Members had a fun weekend to Give Back to the Sacramento neighborhoods. The Weekend of Service was an area-wide event designed to impact local communities and neighborhoods in a meaningful way.
The Me-One Foundation FundraiserThe 4th annual Me-One Foundation big fundraising event “Take a Vacation With the Me-One Foundation,” was on December 8, 2016 at Morgan Creek Golf Club. This year’s event was truly special with an “UNDER THE SEA” theme. The Me-One Foundation is a 100% volunteer nonprofit corporation created to provide adult cancer patients and their families with an environment where they can embrace life without cancer. The Me-One Foundation provides families with activities and events to promote courage, hope, laughter and enjoyment through Camp Challenge
The Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center HOPE THRIVES HERE! CelebrationThe Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center held its First Annual HOPE THRIVES HERE! CELEBRATION in the University Ballroom at CSUS with over 300 people in attendance, December 9, 2016. The Family Justice Center is a new-to-Sacramento one-stop center for victims of domestic abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault. Since quietly opening their doors on July 11th, they have served over 550 clients, once again demonstrating the need for the critical services they offer in collaboration with numerous agencies and non-profits also engaged in this important work of bringing hope!
The Greater Sacramento Economic Council Inaugural Dinner and AwardsThe Greater Sacramento Economic Council held their Inaugural Dinner on December 7th at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. Guests watched a special performance by local Sacramento performance painter David Garibaldi. Besides the thrilling performance, people enjoyed speeches about leaders stepping up in the region to take ownership of the strategic vision of our market. Guests also got the opportunity to connect with Greater Sacramento’s economic and business leaders, this inaugural event will set a high standard for the years ahead.
The Crocker Art Museum Ball FundraiserThe Crocker Art Museum’s Crocker Ball, a benefit supporting special programs at the museum was on December 3, 2016. The signature black-tie fundraiser makes it possible for the institution to offer valuable programming for members of the region’s underserved communities.

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