American River Parkway Foundation Summer Solstice Dinner and AuctionOn June 22, the Summer Solstice Dinner and Auction benefiting the American River Parkway Foundation was held at William B Pond Park. 300 guests and volunteers gathered together to support the American River Parkway Foundation at the 5th Annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction. Proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation’s ongoing natural habitat restoration efforts along the American River Parkway. A dedicated portion of the proceeds will be used to build permanent restrooms at the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site at River Bend Park to allow schools to utilize the site for overnight activities.
She Shares Conversation with three Women from the Capitol in Governor Newsom Administration.She Shares on June 20th at the Sheraton Hotel, featured the top three women in Governor Newsom’s administration; Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary, Cabinet Secretary Ana Matosantos, and Legal Affairs Secretary Catherine Lhamon. Each of them has an incredible resume of working for President’s, Vice President’s, Presidential Candidates and different Governor’s. They shared their stories of how they got where they are today and what inspires them to be public servants. It was a candid conversation with women who don’t usually share their stories. Monica Lozano, seasoned journalist and CEO of the College Futures Foundation, moderated it. She Shares is in its 8th season. She Shares is a Sacramento based conversation series featuring trailblazing women leaders who have created a lasting impact for women in California and beyond. Each conversation is a candid and unrehearsed exchange with a prominent journalist moderator. She Shares events provide an opportunity for business and cultural leaders, public figures, elected officials and other professionals to network and to be inspired by the person journey of the keynote speaker. It also provides an opportunity for the next generation of women leaders to be mentored by accomplished professionals through our mentorship program.
Center for Fathers and Families 25th Anniversary and Salute to Fatherhood BanquetOn June 13, the 17th Annual Salute to Fatherhood Banquet and the 25th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Doubletree Hotel, honoring three Fathers of the Year, celebrating positive male role models in out community. The Salute to Fatherhood Banquet honors and highlights men in the community who have been exemplary fathers or father figures. Honorees: Bobby Jackson, Assistant Coach, Sacramento Kings Kevin Nagle, Chairman/CEO Sacramento Republic Albert Araiza All proceeds go to Center for Fathers and Families programs and services including MASTERS and Adult Services to support and empower Sacramento families. The Center for Fathers and Families (CFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with a strong history of responding to the needs of fathers and their families by offering programs and services that lead to family growth, enrichment, and empowerment. Over the course of its history, CFF has impacted thousands of children, families, and adults in Sacramento County through one of our three main initiatives:
Sacramento Tree Foundation Hero AwardsOn May 29th the Sacramento Tree Foundation held the annual Tree Hero Awards. The dinner was held beneath the verdant, heritage 300 year old native oak grove at the California Farm Bureau hosted 250 attendees, including leaders of Sacramento's most influential businesses, national and state elected officials, and tree lovers from around the region. Cleaner air, healthier communities, and economic prosperity are the result of a healthy urban forest. For this reason, our region's long-term health, economic vitality and quality of life depend on investing in and maximizing the benefits of our urban forest — it depends on our commitment to trees and to those that champion them. C.K. McClatchy Award Fatima Malik Austin B. Carroll Award, Pacific STIHL Growing Greenprint Award, Division of State Architect (DSA) Legacy Award, Fair Oaks Bluff Blue Oak Special Award for Ray Tretheway, receiving the Tree Hero Lorax Award for his service to the foundation and retirement after 30+years with the Sacramento Tree Foundation.
Salvation Army Community Luncheon and “Spirit of Caring” award.With more than 750 people in attendance and $192,000 raised, the Salvation Army’s Annual Community Luncheon was a big success, on May 28th. This year, SMUD received the “Spirit of Caring” award at the McClellan Conference center for its commitment to improving the Sacramento area. The Salvation Army also put the spotlight on the Booker family, who’s overcome drug addiction and homelessness through Army programs. The nonprofit will soon be able to help even more people. Major Ivan Wild announced an expansion of Workforce Development Programs and an evolving partnership with the Sacramento Police Department.
The Asian Pacific American Advocates OCA Dragon Boat Festival and AwardsOn May 23rd, The Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA) held the sold-out annual Dinner and Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton. The Dragon Boat Festival Celebration is a gathering of Sacamento’s Chinese-American and many Ethic groups in the community to celebrate the traditional Double Fifth summer solstice holiday. The festival serves as a chance to showcase the community’s talents through music and dance performances. Additionally, the festival hosts an awards ceremony for young winners of its annual writing competition as well as distinguished local leaders and organizations that have contributed to the community’s development. Honorees: Corporate Sponsor Award: Jason Chan, AT &T Saori Marie Choulos, Director of Outreadh & Business Engagement Aligh Capital Region Tia Gemmell/Riverview Media Photography May O. Lee, Founder, Asian Resources, Inc and API Rise Chris Mateo, Project Coordinator, Democratic Office of Communications and Outreach (DCO) at California State Assembly OCA National, founded in 1973, is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA National is the only national Chinese American based, multi-cultural organization headquartered in Washington D.C. The presence in Washington D.C. allows OCA to effectively monitor legislation and policy issues that impact our community. Today, there are 14 other national Asian Pacific American organizations in our nation’s capitol with which OCA has built a strong alliance.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento Broke Ball and FundraiserOn May 17th, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento Broke Ball and fundraiser was at the Teichert Branch on Lemon Hill, honoring Club Alumni, SMUD Field of Dreams with the theme “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Sacramento was the last capital city in the United States to open a Boys & Girls Club. Spearheaded by Fred Teichert, the Sacramento organization was incorporated in October 1993, with services starting in 1996 out of the New Helvetia Housing Complex. The first freestanding club in Sacramento opened in September 1999 in the Alkali Flat neighborhood in downtown Sacramento. This club exists today and is called the Thomas P. Raley Branch, in honor of the investment made by the Raley's Family Foundation to establish a Boys & Girls Club in Sacramento.
California Railroad Museum Foundation Sesquicentennial Anniversary GalaThe VIP Sesquicentennial Gala benefiting the California State Railroad Museum Foundation was on Saturday, May 11, 2019, inside the Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento. Presented by the Union Pacific Railroad to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad.
JDRF One Party Gala and Fundraiser On April 27th, the JDRF Northern California Inland Chapter presented One Party Gala and fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency, honoring Roger & Salena Leasure . An evening to support JDRF’s mission to create a world without Type 1 Diabetes.
City Year Sacramento Gala “Ripples of Hope"On April 25th, City Year Gala “Ripples of Hope was held at the Golden 1 Center. Honoree was Vivek Randadivé, owner and chairman, Sacramento Kings for his commitment to the Sacramento community. The City Year AmeriCorps members serve students in seven Sacramento schools using, Whole School, Whole Child model. City Year Sacramento deploys 66 highly skilled AmeriCorps members to serve in seven schools impacting over 4,000 students at Father Keith B. Kenny K-8, Fern Bacon Middle School, Leataata Floyd Elementary, Oak Park Preparatory Academy, Oak Ridge Elementary School, Rosa Parks K-8 School, and Sacramento Charter High School.
American Heart Association Heart Ball and FundraiserThe 29th Annual Heart Ball- Life is Why was held on Saturday, April 13th at the home of the Sacramento Kings- Golden 1 Center! 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 healthier life. The evening included dinner, silent and live auction, dancing, special guest survivors Dominic DiMare and 11-year-old Sofia Montoya and an announcement on the incoming chairman, Tom Kandris.
Sacramento Children’s Home Impact Luncheon at the Crocker Art MuseumThe Sacramento Children’s Home held its Third Annual Impact Luncheon on Monday, April 8th at the beautiful Crocker Art Museum. The event included a meaningful and thought-provoking one hour luncheon centered on the Sacramento Children’s Home’s impact in our local community and the important partners that help make it possible. Speakers included SCH staff and clients as well as Mayor Darrell Steinberg. The Home also recognized the generous support of its Philanthropists of the Year, Ken and Anca DeBruhl and three dedicated community partners, which included PINC Sacramento, Golden 1 Credit Union and the Yocha Dehe Community Fund.
Make-A Wish Wine & Wishes FundraiserMake-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central and Northern Nevada celebrated the 32nd Anniversary of their signature event Wine & Wishes at the Sacramento Convention Center last Saturday night, April 6. The more than 800 guests enjoyed tastings from 80 plus regional restaurants, wineries, breweries and a wide array of silent auction items to bid on. The evening’s program also included an executive chef prepared dinner, 16 live auction lots that included wine and restaurant lots and several luxury travel lots. In addition, the Make-A-Wish mission was highlighted throughout the evening including the opening with wish recipient, Miles, who entertained the crowd by performing the song High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco. A poignant moment in the evening was showing a video, which told the story of Keannu, a wish recipient who battled a brain tumor and who wished to play football again with his team from Lathrop High School. Currently wheelchair bound, Make-A-Wish partnered with an international virtual reality company, EmergeXR, to creatively make his wish come true by producing a VR experience of Keannu once again playing football again with his Spartan teammates.
Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch at Golden 1 CenterSocial Venture Partners of Sacramento held Fast Pitch on April 3rd at the Golden 1 Center, downtown Sacramento. SVP 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 top ten finalists competed to win over $90,000 in prize money and in-kind awards. Additionally, they successfully raised over $72,000 with more coming in less than 24 hours after. 1st Place was Kids Helping Kids Sacramento - $15,000 2nd Place was Street Soccer USA Sacramento - $2,000 3rd Place was Studio T Urban Dance Academy - $1,000 People's Choice Award - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento $2,000
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Shining Star GalaOn March 20th, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) held the Shining Star Gala at the Sheraton Grand, downtown Sacramento with guest speakers, special recognition and Internship Awards For the past 15 years, APAPA has awarded over 500 scholarships to well-deserving college students nationwide through our internship and scholarship program. CC and Regina Yin, together with like-minded civic leaders, founded the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) in 2001 to empower the API community. The founders of APAPA were responding to an alarming lack of API representation at all levels of government throughout the United States. APAPA, founded in 2001, has grown into a nationwide organization with over 20,000 members. APAPA has 21 chapters in California, Washington D.C New York, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Washington and Massachusetts. The National Headquarters is located in Natomas.
Carmichael Chamber of Commerce Dinner AwardsOn March 29th, The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner was held at Arden Hills Country Club. Honorees: Businessman of the Year, Malmud Sharif, Sharif fine Jewelers Business Woman of the Year, Rosemarie Martel, Farmer’s Wife Volunteer of the Year, Ron Greenwood, Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and Realtor for Lyon Real estate Youth Ambassador, Connor Pexa, El Camino High School
The Council for Giving FundraiserOn March 26, The Council for Giving held the first fundraiser fast pitch presentations for the year at Golden 1 Center in the Assembly Bar. The Council is a membership consisting of 100 men in the Sacramento area. They aim to mobilize the talents and resources to enhance and improve the non-profit organizations that are serving our local community. The goal is to provide long-term value and short term funding to deserving causes while fostering a professional atmosphere to network. Congratulations to the nonprofit organization Shoulder to Shoulder. The Community Academy offers comprehensive mentoring that includes personalized instruction and self-directed learning to underserved, underperforming middle and high school students so they can become free to imagine and real.
Sacramento Ballet GalaOn March 16th The Sacramento Ballet Gala was held at the Convention Center, downtown Sacramento.
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber Salud! Business Awards LuncheonOn March 8th, the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held the annual “Salud!” Business Awards Luncheon at The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred. Photos by Tia Gemmell www.phototia.com Salud! Award Recipients Garcia Realty-Small Business Kaiser Permanente-Corporate Partner Hacker Lab-Community Impact Nathan Ulsh-Young Professional Larry Garcia-Legacy Award Elsa Romo-President’s Award
Sacramento State Green and Gold GalaSacramento State’s Green & Gold Gala, the University’s signature black-tie fundraising event, was held Friday, March 1, 2019 at the University Union.
Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Awards DinnerOn February 27th, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce held the 26th Annual Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency.
The Blue Heart International Snowflake Ball and FundraiserOn February 23rd the Blue Heart International 5th annual Snowflake Ball was held at the Willow Ballroom in Hood, Ca. This year’s epic winter wonderland themed ball featured heartfelt stories of survivors. Fine dining, dancing, signature drinks, an exciting live auction and non-stop entertainment. Established in 2014, Blue Hearts mission is to ensure the betterment of trafficked and sexually exploited survivors through transitional housing, to connect with adults and at-risk youth through active street outreach, and to bring awareness and prevention education to all.
Sacramento Unified School District State of Our Schools ForumOn February 22nd, the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District forum "State of Our Schools" was held at Sacramento State Alumni Center. The forum included the vision of Superintendent Jorge Aguilar to ensure students in Sac City Unified reach their full potential, achieve their dreams, and contribute to a thriving economy. Learn how our business community can help make this vision a reality.
The Capital Region Family Business Center Generations ConferenceThe Capital Region Family Business Center celebrated its 3rd Annual Generations Conference on February 11-12 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Over 350 guests attended representing over 75 of our region’s finest family-owned businesses. They gathered for networking, fascinating conversations and programming relevant to the successful transition of their family businesses.
Casa Garden Restaurant Dinner fundraiser with Chef Kurt SpataroOn February 2nd, Casa Garden Restaurant had a special “Pop Up” dinner with Chef Kurt Spataro. Chef Spataro team included the Casa Garden Restaurant Manager/Chef Vivian Cheung, Kitchen Supervisor/Chef Laura Ferrell and American River College Culinary Program Chef, Teresa Urkofsky. Garden Restaurant and Meeting Center operates solely to support the Sacramento Children’s Home.
Asian Resources Inc Lunar New Year CelebrationOn January 31st, Asian Resources, Inc (ARI) celebrated the 17th Annual Lunar New year with dinner and awards at Happy Garden Seafood Restaurant, honoring Assemblymember, Jim Cooper and Nilda Valmores, Executive Director, My Sister’s House. Asian Resources is a non-profit community based organization established in 1980 dedicated to providing multiple social services needed in our community, empowering everyone we serve to become a vital part of our changing, diverse society.
Sacramento Black Chamber Annual Installation and Awards LuncheonThe Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Installation and Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West on January 23rd for over 300 members, sponsors and supporters. It was the Chamber’s 34th Installation event. Awards were given to the SBCC’s Presenting Sponsor, SMUD who received the Community Partnership award and to Lorrie Clark, who earned the coveted Volunteer of the Year award. Lorrie is a Project Manager for the City of Sacramento’s Economic Development Department. Board members installed included: Marinda Sessoms, Lorrie Clark, Ira Williams, Michael Poindexter, Rahim Reed, Nicole Howard, Michelle Picard, Margaret Fortune, Chris Flores, Keon Huston, Robert B.J. Snowden, Erin Thuston, Mellonie Richardson, Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, Robynne Rose-Haymer and Jacques Whitfield.
Downtown Sacramento Partnership hosted the 21st annual State of Downtown breakfastOn January 22, Downtown Sacramento Partnership hosted the 21st annual State of Downtown breakfast for more than 800 local community and business leaders to celebrate downtown progress made in the last year and be inspired for what’s to come. Alongside a very special JVance Stewart Community Service Award presentation in memoriam of board member Ali Youssefi for his commitment to making the city a better place for everyone, Michael Ault, executive director of the Downtown Partnership, shared new economic benchmarks building value in downtown. Former Deputy Mayor of Seattle Kate Joncas challenged the group to think big in the next decade and Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Ron Burkle joined Sacramento Republic FC as lead investor to strengthen its MLS bid and hopes of a soccer stadium and entertainment district in the Railyards. Kaiser Permanente also announced they have finalized the purchase of 18 acres in the Railyards, where they will build a new state-of-the-art medical center. 2019 will be an exciting year for Sacramento!
West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards DinnerOn January 17th, the Chamber held the 72nd annual Installation and Awards dinner at the West Sacramento Civic Center and welcome address from outgoing Board Chair, Terry Harvego, and the introduction of the 2019 Incoming Board Chair, Jaclyn Powell. The Chamber Installation and Awards Dinner serves as the largest annual celebration within the West Sacramento business community. This event is a special opportunity to introduce the 2019 Board of Directors and recognize several dynamic and giving leaders in our community.
Sacramento First 5 “Raise UP Sacramento” Reception and AwardsOn January 8, at the Golden One Center, First 5 of Sacramento held “Raise UP Sacramento” and awards. First 5 Sacramento celebrates 20 years of improving the lives of local children and families, including the campaign achievements to reduce the alarming death rate of African-American children who die at twice the rate of other children. First 5 also inspired a movement among local businesses called “Raise Up Sacramento, From Cradle to Career” which encourages innovative approaches to family-friendly workplace. The Sacramento Kings will be honored for their remarkable efforts on behalf of local families enjoying events at the Golden 1 Center. Family-friendly features include a Tot-Lot, a Mamava Breastfeeding Pod (breastfeeding room) and a Sensory Room for people with sensory regulation challenges. Since 1998, First 5 has worked on behalf of children and families across the state, helping them receive the best possible start in life so they can thrive. First 5 Sacramento has an annual budget of $12 million in Prop 10 funding and serves 61,314 children ages 0-5 along with their caregivers. Awardees: Sacramento Kings Thomas Law Group City of Sacramento Councilmember, Eric Guerra Access Dental Health Net Liberty Dental