Charles Vincent McDonald was born in Spokane, Washington, and later moved with his family to Arlington, Virginia. Like many others, Charles first began photographing with an 35mm film camera for his high school newspaper and yearbook publications. After high school, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. When asked what he wanted to do in the service he gave the same consistent answer: to attend the U.S. Naval School of Photography. He did and was actually recognized with the “First-in-Class” award upon graduation.
Charles has an extensive technical background involving the daily operation of a photographic film darkroom in positions as a darkroom technician. His past employers include General Electric Company, NASA’s Goddard Space Center, Chartmasters, and Allen Photo Service. Charles retired from staff positions at UC Davis in 2011. His employment on campus ranged from the UC Davis Bookstore, the Art & Photography Group at IET Mediaworks, Accounting & Financial Services. He ended his career in support of Extramural Grant Funding.
Charles used his full-time career positions at UC Davis to return to photography in the role of a freelance/contract photographer. His photography has received multiple ribbon awards, and public exhibitions of his work include the Buehler Gallery, UC Davis Alumni Center, Woodland’s 1st Friday Art Walk, 2nd Friday Davis ArtAbout, Gallery 1855, Gallery 625, and Gallery 1075 in Yolo County.
His list of volunteer photographic assignments for local nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Sacramento Area, Sacramento Roller Derby, Yolo Arts Council, Gallery 1855, Women’s History Month Committee, and the UC Davis Retiree Association.
In 2017, Charles self-published Roller Derby Pictured in both book & magazine formats.
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EMPOWERING NEW VOICES IN THE FIELD
With twice the national average of women in construction, the employee-owners at general contractor Hensel Phelps believe they can grow only by challenging each other to think and act differently.
Future Foundation of Sacramento
FUNDING THE FUTURE FOR FIRST-IN-FAMILY COLLEGE GRADUATES
The Future Foundation of Sacramento is a nonprofit that provides scholarships to high-achieving students from at-risk backgrounds who are first-in-family to attend college. Future Foundation awards five-year scholarships of $5,000 per year, totaling $25,000.
TRI COUNTIES BANK
HELPING TO BUILD A BETTER REGIONAL ECONOMY
“Tri Counties Bank promotes total collaboration and cross-pollination to play to individual strengths and perform at a high level for our customers throughout Sacramento,” says Stephen Cairns, commercial lending regional manager.
BANKING SOLUTIONS WITH LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND LOCAL SERVICE
Exchange Bank stands apart from competitors in several ways. One key differentiator is longevity not commonly found in community banks. Founded in Santa Rosa in 1890, Exchange Bank has an amazing 132-year history.
Investment Management and Financial Planning
Dianna Laney, managing partner of PGL Financial, recognizes that money is a tool to support the things that really matter to clients. Offering retirement planning, investment management and financial planning, PGL tailors services to each client’s situation and goals.
California Employers’ Human Resources Partner
People Rock HR Services
Businesses throughout California trust People Rock HR Services as their partner to implement and manage employment requirements and best practices.
Leading the Way to Housing Solutions
With his eye on the overall health of the Sacramento regional economy and specifically the construction industry, Tony Moayed, CEO of Tricorp Group, Inc., has been a Region Business board member since 2018.
Fair Food at Fair Prices
Families line up for fried pork chops, funnel cakes and other favorites at the California State Fair despite inflation
Concessions prices are higher than they were at the last California State Fair in 2019, but fairgoers are still spending money on the summer indulgences they missed.
The Leaders Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders
The leadership and business consulting firm Unleashing Leaders provides trusted agents and practical techniques to accelerate the changes their clients seek. Founder and Chief Change Agent Lee Scott started as a solopreneur in 1997.
Forging Partnerships To Better Our Communities
SAFE Credit Union
Ashley Tate is an enormous asset to not only SAFE Credit Union, but also to the Sacramento region.
Leading the Brand Development Specialists
Established in 1997, Taber Creative Group (TCG) is an award-winning marketing and advertising company with a unique ability to help each brand present its true value and potential for growth. For 25 years, TCG has been delivering fully customized branding and marketing communications solutions that show and tell unique brand stories.
Sacramento Shows Its True Colors at the Sac Pride March
Local businesses and organizations demonstrate their support for the queer community
A celebration of inclusivity and diversity was on full display at the Sac Pride March, where local organizations and the businesses turned out to support the Sacramento LGBT Center and its community.
Startups Make a Splash at the UC Davis Big Bang Business Competition
Prizes worth more than $100,000 were distributed at the 22nd annual awards ceremony
The competition’s inventions included a medical device that detects fetuses’ oxygen levels, a machine-learning tool that analyzes livestock health and a healthy take on boba milk tea.
The Business Community’s Office Technology Source
WiZiX Technology Group, Inc.
Office technology dealership and service provider WiZiX Technology Group, Inc. is the business community’s choice for essential office equipment and systems, as well as the experts to service those products.
The California Honey Festival Is Buzzing Again
After a pandemic hiatus, Woodland reprises its annual celebration of bees
The California Honey Festival returns with vendors, music and neighborhood restaurants celebrating the state’s sweetest product.
How An Education Leadership Organization Leads By Innovation
Teach for America California Capital Valley
Teach for America California Capital Valley (TFA) is working to confront educational inequity by building a diverse network of leaders in teaching and related fields.
40 Years Of Serving The Small Business Community
Founded in 1982, California Capital Financial Development Corporation has been an invaluable resource to small businesses for 40 years.
Funding Pathways to Employment for People with Disabilities
In 2020, PRIDE Industries renamed its fundraising arm in honor of the organization’s beloved late CEO, Michael Ziegler. The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation furthers Ziegler’s legacy of championing the orga
Historic UC Davis Building Reopens as Graduate Center
After 10 years vacant, Walker Hall becomes a home for the university’s graduate, professional and postdoctoral scholars
UC Davis’ new dedicated Graduate Center opened this month, giving graduate students access to offices, lounge space, meeting rooms, a kitchen and more.
Closing The Steam Gender Gap
Stantec, a global architecture and design firm with a significant presence in Sacramento, is committed to helping close the gender gap in STEAM fields with a company-wide Inclusion and Diversity program.
Driving Toward a Zero-Emission Future
The California Mobility Center opens its Ramp-up Factory to the public
The California Mobility Center recently debuted low-emission mobility technology at a new manufacturing facility.
Harnessing the Power of Women
Shriners Children’s Northern California
The world-class pediatric burn program at Shriners Children’s Northern California is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since 1997, the program has been caring for children up to age 18 with burn injuries of every size and severity.
Creating a Healthier, More Equitable, More Sustainable Region
Founded in 1998, WALKSacramento serves six counties in the Greater Sacramento region with a mission of improving health equity in the built environment.
Neighborhood Favorite: Konditorei Austrian Pastry Café
How a ballerina and a baker built a Viennese pastry shop in Davis
Anyone who has visited the coffee houses of Vienna will see the
resemblance between those venerable institutions and Konditorei
Austrian Pastry Café in Davis.
The Oldest Opera House in the Sacramento Valley Reopens (Again)
The Woodland Opera House reopened June 15, 1896 after a fire destroyed the original building. On June 15, 2021, it reopened after a different crisis.
Helping Businesses with a People Approach
Insperity is a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions. Since 1986, the organization has grown from two employees to a publicly traded company with $4.3 billion in 2019 revenues.
Construction Industry Passion and Experience
In June 2020, Kitchell CEM welcomed Wendy Cohen to her new position as company president. Cohen guides the firm with 26 years of experience in the construction industry, including seven years with Kitchell. Throughout her career, she’s worked on all sides of the construction industry, including general contractor, owner and consultant.
California Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America: Influence Awards
The California Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America held its Influence Awards at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento on Oct. 17. Nearly 140 professionals and students in the communication industry attended the event, where 39 winners across 17 categories were honored.
Sacramento Self-Help Housing: Let Them Eat Cake
Sacramento Self-Help Housing hosted its 17th annual Let Them Eat Cake fundraising event at Beatnik Studios in downtown Sacramento on July 11. Community members and partners raised $90,000 for the nonprofit organization, which works to eliminate homelessness in the region.
88th Annual Installation and Member Ceremony
by Woodland Chamber of Commerce
The Woodland Chamber of Commerce held its 88th Annual Installation and Member Ceremony on Feb. 7 at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. Attendees enjoyed a silent auction, adult beverages and a buffet-style dinner by Buckhorn Grill.
Photos Charles Vincent McDonald
RememberAVet.net held its annual Christmas Wreath-Laying on Dec. 15-16 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Volunteers laid 23,000 wreaths on the graves of every fallen veteran at the site. RememberAVet.net is committed to ensuring that each grave site at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is recognized and honored with a Christmas wreath during the holiday season.
Hope Cooperative Ribbon Cutting
Hope Cooperative, formerly TLCS held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Possibilities, Hope Cooperative’s new program for transition-age and homeless youth, on Dec. 10 at the new facilities on Del Paso Blvd. Hope Cooperative’s Possibilities program is in partnership with Wind Youth Services and will serve 30 youth each year who come directly from homelessness.
Swearing-In Ceremony: Mayor Xóchitl Rodriguez
The City of Woodland held a swearing-in ceremony for the new Mayor Xóchitl Rodriguez on Dec. 4 at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. Rodriguez is the first woman to hold the position since 1998. Rodriguez is replacing Enrique Fernandez.
We Can’t Stop Improving Our Innovation Ecosystem
It may seem like it snuck up on us, but the Capital Region has a healthy startup ecosystem that has been growing for over 25 years, starting with the establishment of the Intel and Hewlett-Packard campuses in the early 1980s. There have been many milestones along the way and we expect many more to come. We are definitely on the map as a city where you can build a startup.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Sacramento
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Sacramento held the 2018 Light The Night Walk on Nov. 3 at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The event honored blood cancer survivors, supporters and loved ones lost with music, food, fireworks and festivities.
Think Pink Granite Bay Luncheon & Fashion Show Fundraiser
Think Pink Granite Bay held its fourth Luncheon & Fashion Show Fundraiser on Oct. 14 at the Granite Bay Golf Course. The event raised over $67,000 for research grant research in early detection of breast cancer through the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation. The sold-out event hosted 220 attendees with a luncheon, live and silent auctions, a raffle and a fashion show with twelve breast cancer survivor models wearing clothes from Button Up Roseville!
Woodland Chamber of Commerce Farm City Dinner
Woodland Chamber of Commerce held the 51st Annual Farm City Dinner on Oct. 18 at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. Attendees enjoyed ag-related games, a live auction, beverages and a buffet-style dinner by Anderson’s family catering. Mark Mezger, owner of Farmers Grain Elevator and Mezger Trucking Co, was honored as the 2018 Agri-Business Person of the Year.
Rock The Block
Habitat For Humanity/Leadership Sacramento
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, in partnership with the Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Class of 2018, kicked off the first ever “Rock the Block” event on October 19 and 20 in South Oak Park. Over the course of only two days, 250 volunteers repaired 14 homes, restored a community garden and added amenities to the local park and collaborative in the neighborhood.
SacTown 5 Launch
SacTown 5 recorded its pilot episode on Oct. 8 at The Diplomat Steakhouse in downtown Sacramento. SacTown 5 is a new YouTube series with raw perspectives about California’s current political affairs and its impact on the rest of the nation. Created by Katrina Rosseini, a financial news personality and global strategist, the show also features Dan Weitzman, CEO, Daniel C.
Sac Open Studios Launch Party
Verge Center for the Arts
The 13th annual Sac Open Studios event kicked off on Sept. 6 with a launch party at Verge Center for the Arts in downtown Sacramento. Attendees enjoyed live music, art in action, hands-on children’s activities and a preview of the new “KOKO’s Love” video installation at Verge. The launch party was followed by two weekends of open studios with nearly 250 artists and approximately 75 studios participating throughout the region.
Hard Hats & High Heels Gala After Party
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity held its Hard Hats & Heels Gala after party on Sept. 14 at the Diplomat Steakhouse in downtown Sacramento. Approximately 150 attendees from the gala kept the party going with dancing and music by Beat Fleet DJs, complimentary caviar and foie gras appetizers and light bites. The Hard Hats & High Heels Gala is Habitat for Humanity’s premier fundraising event.
Preservation Sacramento: Historic Home Tour
Preservation Sacramento held its 2018 Historic Home Tour in the Capitol Mansions Historic District neighborhood on Sept. 16. This year’s tour showcased six homes in the neighborhood bound by 22nd and 27th streets, Kayak Alley and Matsui Alley.
Visit Sacramento’s Partner Mixer
Visit Sacramento held a partner mixer on Aug. 27 which featured the 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner lead chefs and menu release at Canon in East Sacramento. The 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner is scheduled for Sep. 30, culminating Farm-to-Fork Month.
Photos: Charles Vincent McDonald
16th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake”
By Sacramento Self-Help Housing
Sacramento Self-Help Housing held its 16th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” event in celebration of Bastille Day on July 12 at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento. Attendees partook in a Bastille Day celebration showcasing outstanding local cuisine, adult beverages, cake tasting, upbeat music and more.
Entrepreneur Issue Mixer
Comstock’s magazine celebrated the 16 entrepreneurs, representing 12 businesses, who graced the July cover with an issue release party on July 11 at Cowo Campus in Midtown Sacramento.
Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Class IX Graduation
The Nehemiah Community Foundation was pleased to introduce the graduating NELP Class IV on June 25 — a group of 10 young professionals who have undergone an extensive 9-month program to prepare them for effective and ethical leadership within their organizations and communities. The graduation ceremony was held at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg and included 140 business and community leaders, program alumni and a keynote address by Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber.
Photos: Charles Vincent McDonald
Big Bang! Business Competition Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony
UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship held its 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition Finalist Presentations & Awards Ceremony on May 24. The top five BigBang! Business Competition teams pitched their business ventures to compete for funding.
Memorial Day Ceremony
By Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District
On Monday, May 28, the Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District hosted their annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum. The ceremony featured Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, an introduction by Mayor Pro-tem Brett Lee with a keynote by Jerry Coker, a U.S. Marine Corps rifleman in South Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment.
Annual Sacramento Regional Design & Build Event
Presented by: NKBA California Capital Chapter
NKBA California Capital Chapter held its Annual Design & Build Event at The Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation on May 11 in Sacramento. Attendees enjoyed a Farm-to-Fork themed dinner, live performances and a live auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.
The Midtown Association held its annual Midtown Love event at Faces Nightclub on May 17 in Sacramento. Approximately 400 attendees enjoyed mermaids, dance performances and a lip sync battle at the showcase for Sacramento’s vibrant urban core.