BIA Building Industry 45th Awards CelebrationBIA Building Industry Awards dinner “MAME” celebrated the 45th year awards, on November 18th at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, downtown Sacramento with theme "academy awards" honoring the home building industry for the Sacramento region. A celebration with fellow home building professionals that honored marketing, design and the people that make things happen.
Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery LUXE FOR LIFE FundraiserSacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery LUXE FOR LIFE dinner and fundraiser was held at the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento on November 13, 2021. The Sacramento Children’s Home operates the county’s only Crisis Nursery. The mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing support to families at times of crisis. The Sacramento Crisis Nursery is a family-strengthening program, where parents can bring their children ages 0-5 to one of two Sacramento nurseries for emergency childcare services or overnight care during difficult times.
MOSAC Science Museum Grand Opening and Ribbon CuttingMOSAC, Sacramento newest Science Center official Ribbon cutting and announcement that the center is now open to the public was on November 12th, SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, or simply MOSAC The Science Museum off Richards Blvd was originally a power station from 1912. I was in awe of all the fun exhibits, theater and educational information for Adults and Children of all ages. A must see on your bucket list. More information. visitmosac.org
MOSAC Science Center Partners Recognition Reception and TourMOSAC Science Center Reception was on November 5th introducing Sacramento’s newest science center and sponsor/naming partners recognition. SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, or simply MOSAC.
Asian Pacific American Advocates OCA Appreciation ReceptionThe OCA Business Advisory Council Appreciation Reception was on November 3rd at 58 Degrees & Holding Co. downtown Sacramento with special recognition to the sponsors and partners. OCA represents Asian Pacific American Advocates a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the United States.
SPCA Fundraiser WILD WHISKERS of the WESTOn October 23rd, Sacramento SPCA held A Saloon Soiree to Benefit the Animals and auction on the SPCA grounds.
Junior Achievement PlayFORE JA FundraiserJunior Achievement took over Topgolf on October 19th and 21st for its inaugural PlayForeJA fundraiser. There was something for everyone: prizes, competition, networking, great food and drink, and loads of fun! Proceeds benefit JA’s career exploration, work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs to foster a sense of purpose and capability in youth leading to improved economic outcomes.
Saint John’s Party for Change Gala and FundraiserSaint John’s Party for Change, the only major fundraising event this year, was held on Oct 16th and was completely sold out! Presented by Steve and Gayle Campora and Catia Saraiva-Muñoz and Marcus Muñoz and hosted by the Sacramento Jet Center, this elegant black-tie soiree featured fabulous cuisine and wine, music by Las Vegas DJ E-Noc, dance and aerialist performances by the Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre, a fantastic live auction and more! “with help from Sacramento area businesses, donors, local philanthropic organizations and volunteers, we hosted a night that was truly a celebration! Our success stories are tied directly to your support of our program – delivering care, hope, and change to over 30,000 people over the past 36 years wouldn’t have been possible without YOU. Together at Party for Change we raised over $975,000 to help support the women and children at Saint John’s Program”
Commercial Real Estate Development Association presented NAIOP Person of Year AwardCommercial Real Estate Development Association presented NAIOP, Person of Year Award Dinner to Denton Kelley of LDK Ventures on October 14th at the Railyards, downtown Sacramento. One of the most beautiful artsy settings we have seen for an outside venue! A Benefit for Cristo Rey Sacramento. The NAIOP Sacramento Valley was formed in 1985 and conducts business in the Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties. Since founding, it has become the voice of commercial real estate development. The Sacramento Chapter is known for organizing special events such as the annual Development Forum, which feature current and future regional development projects, the quarterly Hard Hat Tours, which feature new projects and host guest speakers. The chapter offers educational workshops and seminars and remains involved in government affairs at local and state levels.
Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Connecting the Dots ForumOn October 14th, the SBCC welcomed over 100 women (and a few men!) to their premier annual event, Connecting the Dots: A Women’s Forum at the Hilton Hotel. Five speakers from all walks of life inspired and enthralled everyone in attendance, and the Chamber presented Awards to Dr. Kawanaa Carter and Wanda Abney.
A Glimpse Of The 2021 Aftershock Music FestivalSome highlights from the 2021 Aftershock Music Festival held at Discovery Park in Sacramento.
Crocker Art Museum Monet to Matisse GalaThe Gala Monet to Matisse Gala and fundraiser, held on Oct. 9th at the Crocker Art Museum helped to sustain programs for youth, families, and school children, and make art accessible to everyone in the community.
The Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation Annual Exceptional Women of Color AwardsThe Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation (SCHMF) presented the 13th Annual Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Awards & Expo on September 28th. The theme of this year’s event was “Women of Color Changing the Face of History.” The event was held a at Scott’s Seafood on the River inside the Portofino Pavilion in Sacramento with Red carpet arrivals and grand opening of the Expo SCHMF recognized 12 diverse women from Northern California for their accomplishments in their professions and community.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento GalaOn September 25th, over 300 supporters attended the Hard Hats and High Heels sold out Gala on the Sutter Club Rooftop, downtown Sacramento. Hard Hats & High Heels Gala fundraiser with $320,000 raised at the Gala to directly support building and repairing homes for low income families, seniors, and veterans in need of affordable housing.
The Sacramento Midtown Mini/Midtown Love CelebrationOn September 16, the Midtown Association presented two events in one -- the Midtown Mini/Midtown Love celebration. The Midtown Mini was a 35-hole miniature golf activation set-up outdoors at 20th & K streets and was followed by an always-popular Midtown Love celebration at the iconic Faces Nightclub. Complete with food and drinks, live music, interactive art, putt-putt golf, mermaids, drag queens, a lip sync battle, photo booths, raffles, prizes and more, the celebratory event raised much-needed funds to support Midtown’s resiliency efforts for local restaurants, bars, and retail establishments as well as help sustain the health-focused and free programming offered in various Midtown Parks.
Sacramento Tower Bridge DinnerVisit Sacramento brought back the Tower Bridge Dinner on September 12th, downtown Sacramento. One of the country’s most coveted dining experiences, with a team of elite chefs and regional farmers served an unforgettable meal atop Tower Bridge. restaurants and caterers across the Sacramento region offered their take on the famous Tower Bridge Dinner menu. Diners were able to enjoy locally sourced, multi-course meals that were paired with regional wines, beers and more…right from home. An entirely local team of distinguished chefs lead the return of Visit Sacramento’s Tower Bridge Dinner fundraiser this year, with UC Davis Health Executive Chef Santa Diaz spearheading the group. Diaz has led a program for the health system that is changing the face of hospital food, prioritizing local ingredients and diverse options for both patients and staff.
Sacramento Wide Open Walls Mural Festival Press ConferenceWide Open Walls, one of the nation's largest mural festivals, invited the media to hear from national and local leaders ahead of its September 9th start date. Topics will included mural sites, participating artists and the economic impact the festival will have on our region. Additionally, live art demonstrations, the unveiling of the first finished mural and a chance to visit with the artists at the press conference site.
Painted Mural “Resilience” Community Garden DedicationPress Conference and dedication for the Painted Community Garden Mural “Resilience” inspired by Jacquelyn Anderson with the wonderful mural artist, Maren Conrad on September 6th at 3200 Riverside Blvd.
Walk of Stars 2021 Installation honored Healthcare and Frontline WorkersBecause of Covid-19, the 2020 event was postponed and due to changing conditions, the Sacramento Walk of Stars installed and honored a Star celebrating our Healthcare and Frontline Workers. at Mulvaney’s B&L at 19th and L Streets, August 25, 2021. The Sacramento region boasts some of the world’s greatest entertainers and artists, athletes, journalists, entrepreneurs and scientists. Sacramento Walk of Stars honors national and worldwide accomplishments made by those who call or once called the Sacramento region home.
ARY Place Groundbreaking CeremonyOn July 1, 2021, Capitol Area Development Authority-CACDC and CFY Development hosted formal groundbreaking ceremony for ARY Place in the parking lot across the street from the development site, 1629 S Street. A affordable housing project. CADA manages 720 rental housing units, about one quarter of which are affordable to low and very low-income households. CADA’s affordability program is self-funded: subsidies for affordable units are offset by income from market rate units.
State of the City AddressOn June 30th, Sacramento Mayor, Darrell Steinberg addressed members of the community at the downtown Convention Center Courtyard!. The 2021 Mort Friedman Legacy Award Winner, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, appointed as Sacramento County’s Public Health Officer. Photos by Tia Gemmell www.phototia.com
The Center for Land-Based Learning new Mobile Farmers Market LaunchOn June 24, at Drake’s The Barn, West Sacramento Urban Farm Program launched new Mobile Farmers Market Program, a project of the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program – during its donor appreciation event honored Wells Fargo and other partners. Details of the program’s 2021 pilot year were unveiled including the locations, schedule, and selected produce for Mobile Farmers Market sales. Mobile Farmers Market truck helps improve health outcomes for West Sacramento residents by giving them access to healthy, locally grown foods; new program made possible by Wells Fargo and other partners t: West Sacramento residents who lack access to healthy foods have something to celebrate. Starting July 6, Center for Land-Based Learning’s Mobile Farmers Market truck will start visiting neighborhoods in West Sacramento. The truck – which accepts EBT/SNAP – will help improve health outcomes in the area by increasing access to affordable and locally grown produce. Additionally, it will offer nutrition education information through a partnership with Health Education Council and sell nonperishables items alongside fresh fruits and vegetables. This is the first program of its kind in the Sacramento region. Photos by Tia Gemmell www.phototia.com
PRIDE Month State Capitol Lighting CeremonyTo celebrate PRIDE month, the California State Capitol was illuminated in rainbow colors on Monday, June 21. The historic lighting ceremony was the kick-off a first of its kind city-wide illumination campaign to celebrate not just the LGBTQ community but diversity and inclusion. The lighting concept- ‘Glowing with Pride’, is the brainchild of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, and will run from June 21st to the evening of June 27th.
THIS IS SACRAMENTO unveiled Art Exhibit at the AirportThis is Sacramento unveiled its art exhibit at the Sacramento International Airport Terminal B. on March 11th. This is Sacramento is a collaborative effort between the Sacramento Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Rainbow Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with SMUD and Wells Fargo to celebrate Sacramento’s most important asset, our diversity. The campaign will brand Sacramento’s unique place as one of the most culturally integrated cities in the world through the creation of art. The group partnered with local artists to create the installation.
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber Salud Business Awards LuncheonOn March 6th, the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held the annual Business Awards Luncheon at Center Twenty-Three Hundred with Keynote Speaker, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and special remarks by Phil Serna, Sacramento County Supervisor. 2020 Salud! Awards Recipients: Photos by Riverview Media/Tia Gemmell www.phototia.com Sophia Garcia, Young Professional of the Year Better Business Bureau of Northeast California, Community Impact Kulture, Small Business Entrepreneur, Robert Rodriguez, Cambria Solutions RSE, Partner
Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce Awards DinnerSacramento Asian Chamber Awards Dinner The Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (SACC) celebrated their 27th annual Installation & Awards Dinner in style - Bollywood Style on February 18th at the Hyatt Regency. President & CEO, Pat Fong Kushida gave a special tribute for Lina Fat and the Fat Family, renaming our Small Business of the Year award to the Fat Family Legacy Award. The 2020 winners included two Emerging Leaders - Nikky Mohanna, Mohanna Development and Venita Sivamani, LearnSkin; Fat Family Legacy – Insera Therapeutics; Corporate Steward – California State University, Sacramento and Honoree – Lokesh Sikaria, Moneta Ventures. The evening brought together over 600 of our regions elected officials, community leaders and small business owners.
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Business AwardsThe Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce 125th Annual Dinner and Business Awards was on January 3, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency. Awardees: Centennial Business Hall of Fame: The Salvation Army Small Business of the Year: Honey Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs: Bill Mueller, Valley Vision Metro Edge Young Professional of the Year: Verna Sulpizio Hull, Visit Sacramento Al Geiger Memorial Award: Debra Oto-Ken, Health Education Council Businessman of the Year: James Beckwith, Five Star Bank Businesswomen of the Year; Patricia ‘Trish’ Rodriguez, Kaiser Permanente Sacramentan of the Year: Kevin M. Nagle, Sacramento Republic FC
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento Hammy AwardsOn January 29th Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Sacramento area held the Annual Hammy Awards and Dinner was held at The Center at 2300. This annual awards and celebration dinner together Habitat supporters, donors, volunteers, and ReStore partners to celebrate all that was accomplished in the past year and recognize outstanding members of the Habitat support community. 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.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner and AwardsThe Sacramento MLK Committee hosted the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Saturday, January 25th at Sacramento State Keynote Speaker, Ruby Bridges was the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in New Orleans at the age of six. She shared her powerful story from her days attending the all-white school to her work today as a civil rights activist. Recognition: Dr. Hazel Mahone, recipient of the 2020 Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award. The Honorable Paul Seave, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California, received a special award for being one of the founders of the MLK Celebration event. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg also presented Ruby Bridges with a Key to the City.
State of Downtown presented by Sacramento Downtown PartnershipState of Downtown was presented by Sacramento Downtown Partnership on January 21st at the Hyatt Regency with guest speaker, Dr. Drew Pinsky, former host of Dr. Drew Midday Live and the Jvance Stewart Community Service Award presented to Hope Cooperative, a leading provider of mental health and supportive housing services in Sacramento County.