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.
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.