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.
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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.
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!