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.”
Sacramento Metro Chamber State of Agriculture luncheonCRUSHING IT: How the Wine Industry is Influencing Agriculture As a region with deep roots in agriculture, with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital at its core, the agriculture industry is a vital piece of our region’s economic puzzle. Wine grapes are just one of the many bountiful crops grown in our expansive farmland and rank as the 3rd largest agriculture commodity in our region. On August 3rd at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento
The Center for Land-Based Learning Dinner on the FarmThe Center for Land-Based Learning at the Farm dinner was on Putah Creek in Winters, July 15th, presented by Nugget Markets. The Center for Land-Based Learning exists to cultivate opportunity • For the land • For youth • For the environment • For business • For the future of agriculture
American River Parkway Foundation Summer Solstice Fundraiser300 guests and volunteers came together on June 24th for the 3rd annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction, benefitting the American River Parkway Foundation. Proceeds support the Parkway Foundation’s programs and efforts to maintain and improve the American River Parkway, including a portion dedicated to youth STEM (Science, Math, Engineering & Technology) education through the Campfire Outdoor Education Site.
Wish Connectors Inaugural Mixer FundraiserOn June 21st at the Clunie Community Center Sacramento emerging leaders under the age of 45 who were interested in supporting the mission of Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada attended the Inaugural Mixer. Wish Connectors hosts quarterly fundraisers paired with brand new restaurants/bars as a twofer for attendees. And 100% of the money raised will go towards granting a wish for a deserving local child!
Sacramento Walk of Stars Announces 2017 Inductees The Sacramento Walk of Stars conducted a news conference today to announce Olympic Gold medalist Ruthie Bolton, Billy Mills and Entrepreneur, Russ Solomon as the second year honorees The monument stars will be installed in the sidewalk across the street from the first-year inductees stars of Dr. Ernie Bodai, LeVar Burton, Grergory Kondos and Debbie Meyer on L Street, between 18th and 19th.
The Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year CelebrationThe Leukemia & Lymphoma Society celebrated the 21st anniversary on June 17th at the Hyatt Regency. Each year, in communities across the country, dedicated candidates engage in an exciting competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) "Man & Woman of the Year" titles. Raising funds for LLS blood cancer research the candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year.
Sacramento History Alliance Fundraiser and RoastOn Thursday June 15th, the Sacramento History Alliance (SHA) presented a boisterous night of laughs and memories as they roasted Johan Otto in the very district that he has poured so much of his soul into, Old Sacramento. Mr. Otto has been a part of the Sacramento Community for years and a longtime supporter and Board Member of SHA. Proceeds from “The Roast of Johan Otto” benefitted the Sacramento History Museum, Center for Sacramento History, and new this year the Sacramento Visitors Center.
California YMCA Youth and Government's 70th Youth Governor Inaugural BallCalifornia YMCA Youth & Government 70th Youth Governor Inaugural Ball was on June 6th, at the Sutter Club. The Youth Governor Cole Cahill was sworn-in and special tribute to California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla. The evening's festivities will take place at the historic Sutter Club in Sacramento and will include:
The Sacramento Metro Chamber and Sacramento Regional Transit hosted the first Transit Means Business luncheonThe Sacramento Metro Chamber and Sacramento Regional Transit hosted the first Transit Means Business luncheon on June 7th that focused on the importance public transit can play in helping build strong economies. We explored the millennial generation and why they are attracted to certain cities and areas of employment to ensure Sacramento is best positioned to attract and retain tomorrow’s workforce
Make-A-Wish Reception and BenefitPresident of the Sacramento Kings Chris Granger and wife Jennifer Granger opened up their home to more than 150 guests Friday night, along with co-hosts Raley's Michael and Julie Teel, to share information about Make-A-Wish® and the impact a wish makes for a child battling a life-threatening illness. The guests heard from local wish recipient, Yeshua, 5 who had his wish granted to go to Hawaii, and his mother Nicole who shared about their wish experience. The guests were then invited to donate in support of additional local wishes. Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada is one of the earliest chapters. They have granted more than 6,000 wishes since it began in 1983. The chapter grants an average of 275 wishes each year to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps Breakfast on the RiverThe Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps 20th annual Breakfast on the River was on June 2nd at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. The mission of the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) is to enrich the lives of young adults by providing a development program integrating education, job skills training and work experience on conservation projects and service opportunities that benefit the region and our corpsmembers.
Sacramento Tree Foundation Hero Awards DinnerSacramento’s preeminent environmental awards on May 31st at the Natomas Farm Bureau. The awards honor the people and projects that have done great things for our region’s urban forest, and support the programs of the Sacramento Tree Foundation. This annual event hosts 200-300 attendees, including leaders of Sacramento's most influential businesses, national and state elected officials, and tree lovers from around the region.
Salvation Army Community Luncheon and Spirit of Caring AwardThe Salvation Army honored the Sacramento Republic FC with the Spirit of Caring award during its 26th Annual Community Luncheon on May 30. The award was recognition of Republic FC’s extensive community service work and philanthropy, including the creation of the Glory Glory Sacramento Fund and its commitment to make Sacramento a better place to live, work and play. In collaboration with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the fund distributed nearly $280,000 to 15 local charities through grants of $20,000 or less to help improve the health, education and lives of children in Sacramento neighborhoods in addition to bringing awareness to these charities with its fans and visits by the team’s players. The Annual Community Luncheon was also an opportunity to showcase local Salvation Army programs, give a fiscal and service report to the community, and thank and recognize the individuals and companies who, through their community service activities or programs, have shown a long history of helping people in need. This year’s luncheon grossed more than $230,000 in proceeds to support local Salvation Army programs and services year-round.
NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Person of the Year Mark FriedmanNAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association held their annual Dinner and Person of the year dinner on May 25th at Golden One Center, benefiting City Year. 2016 Person of the year Mark Friedman, Founder and President, Fulcrum Property, a real estate development firm committed to bringing, social, economic and aesthetic value to the communities it serves. Mr. Friedman is also a part owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise and is actively engaged the team’s efforts to build a new entertainment and sports complex in downtown Sacramento.

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