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.
North State Building Industry Association Awards GalaOn January 17th The North State Building Industry Association (BIA) held the Installation of Officers and Awards “Remembering the 1990’s as this year theme for the evening of celebration and recognition at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Sacramento. 2019 Award Honorees Chair's Award - Marcus Lo Duca, Law Office of Marcus J. Lo Duca, P.C. President's Award - Rachel Bardis, Bardis Homes Meritorious Award - Val Baldo, Placer Title Company Friend of Housing - Councilmember Paul Joiner, City of Lincoln The North State BIA (BIA) is the leading advocate for the homebuilding industry in the greater Sacramento region. Representing over 550 members, including 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. Additionally, the BIA also serves as the umbrella organization for HomeAid Sacramento and the North State Building Industry Foundation.
West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Awards DinnerOn January 16th, the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce held the 73rd Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, honoring and Celebrating Dynamic Business Leaders, Including Chelsea Minor, Raley’s as the new 2020 Board Chair Cindy Tuttle: West Sacramentan of the Year JP Singh: Businessperson of the Year Andy Wallance: Entrepreneur of the Year Tammy Linker, Ambassador of the Year West Sac Works Magazine Team:Jennifer Perez, Amanda Thrasher, Four Waters, Chris White, Volunteers of the Year Elica Health Centers, Business of the Year
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon and AwardsOn November 14th, the Association of Fundraising Professions California Capital Chapter hosted their 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day and Awards at the Hyatt Regency, downtown, Sacramento Thank you to all that came out to celebrate the extraordinary honorees that each help make our community a better place! 

ALS Black Red & White GalaOn November 9, The Greater Sacramento ALS Association held the Black Red & White Gala with theme ”An evening at Studio 54”.
Sacramento Family Justice Center Hope GalaOn November 8, the Sacramento Family Justice Center’s 4th Annual Celebration of Hope Thrives Here Celebration Gala was held at California State University honoring Julie and Michael Teel. The Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center (FJC) collaborative provides victims and their families with a “one stop” facility to report a crime, provide a complete statement taken by a detective or a trained child interviewer, get assistance to obtain a temporary restraining order, find safe housing, meet their prosecutor and victim advocate to learn what will happen in court, and most importantly, find the support they need to keep them from falling back into the hands of the accused.
Big Brothers Big Sisters 55th Anniversary CelebrationOn October 25th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area celebrated 55th Anniversary at Elk Tower Event Center in downtown Sacramento. Hughey Phillips LLP generously presented this special evening. Larrie & Diane Grenz and Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc. were also honored as two of our most influential and extraordinary supporters over the past 55 years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area builds and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of our youth! Our mentorship models empower vulnerable children in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties and allow them to envision a more successful future for themselves.
Positive Coach Alliance Jeans and Jerseys Fundraiser and AwardsPositive Coaching Alliance’s Jeans and Jerseys event was on Oct12th at the California Auto Museum. The annual event highlighting community members, coaches and athletes who exemplify Positive Coaching Alliances’ BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE Jeans & Jerseys is a special event that celebrates the mission of PCA, and the importance of developing future leaders through their sports experiences. Keynote Speaker, Mike Marjama, starting catcher for the Seattle Mariners and graduate from Granite Bay High School. Community Impact Award; Lisa Wrightsman, Street Soccer USA Jakcie Wada, Double-Goal Coach Award Winner, Jr NBA coach with the Sacramento Kings.
Salvation Army Women Auxiliary Fundraiser Helping Handbags FundraiserOn October 12th, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held the annual Helping Handbags Fundraiser at McClellan Conference Center. This Charity event with Style and Heart featured live and silent auctions of hundreds of new handbags, accessories, and jewelry and dining/travel experiences. Proceeds benefit underprivileged women and children in the Greater Sacramento Area.
Habitat for Humanity Hard Hats & High Heels GalaOn Saturday, October 5th Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento held their 6th annual Hard Hats & High Heels Gala at Memorial Auditorium. The sold out fundraising event hosted 400 attendees and raised $305,000 to help support Habitat’s build, repair, and neighborhood revitalization projects in Sacramento and Yolo County. The event included entertainment by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus and rising star Shelea, production supported by MADhouse productions/Music Causes Movement, FIZZ, a live auction, and an inspiring program featuring powerful testimonials from Habitat families.
Valley Vision Anniversary CelebrationThis year Valley Vision celebrated 25 years of achievements and marked the occasion on October 3rd with a reception at the Emerald Tower Rooftop Garden. It has been an exceptional journey, and look forward to the next 25 years as they are committed to their partners and the community to continue its mission to unite the Capital Region. Valley Vision has inspired change for a better, more livable future across California’s capital region for more than two decades. We shape change by setting a long-term vision to influence a regional agenda that aligns diverse interests to achieve greater impact. Community solutions to important social and policy issues deserve the utmost attention. Valley Vision delivers the trusted research that informs decision-making, and organizes the collaboration needed to overcome complex problems that no single group can tackle alone
Sacramento Tower Bridge DinnerOn September 29th, 840+ braved the windy and cold day to attend the sixth annual Tower Bridge Dinner, featuring all female chefs. Created and executed by Visit Sacramento, the Tower Bridge Dinner is one of the nation’s most unforgettable dining experiences. Each year, hundreds gather to enjoy a locally sourced dinner prepared by some of the region – and the world’s – top chefs, served along Sacramento’s famed Tower Bridge. The inaugural Tower Bridge Dinner was held in 2013 and led by farm-to-fork pioneers, Chefs Patrick Mulvaney and Randall Selland. This one-of-a-kind-event draws interest from across the country.
Sacramento Army Echelon FundraiserOn September 21st, Departure “Love and Jazz” a Musical Journey Gala presented by Clemon Charles and friends and hosted by Sacramento Echelon was a huge success! This being The Salvation Army’s Sacramento Echelons first Annual Gala, they knocked it out of the park with over 250+ in attendance and raised over $41,000 for the children’s programs within The Salvation Army. It was a beautiful night of music, good food and drinks. Stay tuned for next year! @sac.echelon
Sacramento Metro EDGE Emerge SummitOn Thursday, September 19, over 600 young professionals from across Northern California gathered in downtown Sacramento for Metro EDGE’s 6th annual Emerge Summit. Metro EDGE organized a full day of inspirational speeches, educational breakout sessions, and valuable networking opportunities. Speakers discussed topics including leadership, professional development, and personal growth and encouraged attendees to leave ready to #MakeYourMark.
Sacramento Theatre Company 75th Season CelebrationOn September 20th The Sacramento Theatre Company kicked of their 75th season with a celebration at the Milagro Event Center, by Bella Bru. Dinner and Dancing with Jane Austen and Friends included costumed actors from the upcoming seven Main Series shows at each sponsored table, three performances and a live auction. A unique dessert auction included the actor with their favorite cake for musical chairs and ended with dancing into the evening. 160 guests enjoyed banter by Cambi Brown and Pedro Rivera, auctioneer Les Sears and a delicious dinner at Bella Bru’s lovely event center. The event raised over 60k to support STC’s season of Decades, Divas & Diamonds and their educational programs in the School of the Arts.
The Celebration of Mexican Independence Day at the State Capitol El GritoOn September 15th, El Grito de México - A celebration of Mexican Independence Day was held on the West Steps of the Capitol Building, downtown, Sacramento. THANK YOU to the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California (MCCNC) for organizing El Grito de Dolores and MUCHAS GRACIAS to the esteemed Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Liliana Ferrer! The Celebration of Mexican Independence Day/Celebración de El Grito.
North State Homebuilding Industry BIA MAME Awards GalaOn September 13th, the MAME annual Awards Gala was hosted by the North State BIA Sales & Marketing Council (SMC) at the Hyatt Regency. MAME awards celebrate the best in the building industry. The North State BIA (BIA) is the leading advocate for the homebuilding industry in the greater Sacramento region. Representing over 500 members, including 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. Additionally, the BIA also serves as the umbrella organization for HomeAid Sacramento and the North State Building Industry Foundation.
NAIOP Person of the Year Sotiris KolokotronisNAIOP the Commercial Real Estate Development Association held the annual Person of the Year Celebration dinner at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church outside in the lovely courtyard, on September 5th. Congratulations to Sotiris Kolokotronis, SKK Developments, Person of the Year for his dedication and vision for building neighborhood-defining urban core projects to successful commercial centers. Since 1967, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP is comprised of more than 15,000 members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a North American network.
Sacramento Walk of Stars Gala2019 Inductees: Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball Player and Manager Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist and Sports Commentator Urijah Faber, MMA World Champion, UFC Hall of Famer Entrepreneur Darrell Corti, Legendary Food and Wine Connoisseur
Sacramento Walk of Stars CeremonyOn August 28th, local celebrities for the Sacramento Walk of Stars Ceremony, Inductees, sponsors and program organizers gathered to unveil the stars in the sidewalk of Midtown Sacramento’s Handle District on 18th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue (in front of Zocalo Restaurant). Special guest emcee: Sacramento City Council member Steve Hansen. The same night will be the Walk of Stars Gala at the Memorial Auditorium. 2019 Inductees: Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball Player and Manager Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist and Sports Commentator Urijah Faber, MMA World Champion, UFC Hall of Famer Entrepreneur Darrell Corti, Legendary Food and Wine Connoisseur
Make-A-Wish “Walk for Wishes” FundraiserMake-A-Wish “Walk for Wishes” Fundraiser On august 17, Make-A-Wish, Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada held the annual Walk for Wishes at the State Capitol. Walk For Wishes® is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the more than 300,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It's a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, companies, donors and friends.
Wide Open Walls ARTMIX at the Crocker MuseumOn August 8th, the Crocker Museum hosted ARTMIX to kick-off opening day for Wide Open Walls Mural Festival, August 8-18th. Wide Open Walls is a 501(3)(c) whose mission is to promote and celebrate public art. Wide Open Walls brings underserved neighborhoods public art that encourages a sense of pride and identity; provides community gathering spaces; generates impact, measurable economic growth for the Sacramento region; and promotes greater cultural understanding and appreciation amongst diverse groups. The organization’s mission is personified through its annual festival in August that brings local, national and international artists together to transform Sacramento with original and stunning street art. Additionally, Wide Open Walls supports other events throughout the year – including The Mural Jam, Sac Republic’s Paint The Park, and the Playa Art Trail.
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.