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. https://www.farmtofork.com/heres-whos-leading-the-2019-tower-bridge-dinner/
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.
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.