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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Oak Park Speakers Series (OPSS), in partnership with St. HOPE’s Underground Books and the Greater Sacramento Urban League, held a VIP reception for the first part of four part lecture series at The Guild Theatre in Oak Park on May 9. The speaker series will feature some of the most prominent African American leaders in the nation.
Impact Venture Capital held the Impact Venture Global Summit at the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento on May 8. The summit featured a special luncheon led by California Women Lead, 60 startup booths, five stages for panel discussions, startup pitches and keynote speeches throughout the day.
The Sacramento SPCA held the 25th annual Doggy Dash at William Land Park on April 28 in Sacramento. The event is the largest dog 2k/5k walk and festival event in Northern California. Funds raised at this event provide medical care to sick or injured animals, low cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services for the local community, behavior training and humane education programs.
On April 9, the famed chef Jeremiah Tower visited Sacramento to kick off the Sacramento Food Film Festival at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. A crowd of more than 400 arrived early for an exclusive question-and-answer session with Chef Tower, moderated by Amber Stott, founder and CEO of the Food Literacy Center before viewing The Last Magnificent by Anthony Bourdain.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento broke ground on its first ever Veteran Home Build on March 23, on Del Paso Blvd in Sacramento. The project was made possible through a $150,000 sponsorship from Health Net Federal Services and will be built with volunteers, as well as 500 hours contributed by the recipient’s family.
On Friday, March 16, Federalist Public House owners Marvin and Bridgette Maldonado offered a community preview of the newest addition to their portfolio, The Hamilton Room, located at 2009 N Street in Midtown Sacramento. The Hamilton Room’s bar can be booked for private events, dinners, community meetings, lunches and fundraisers.
Preservation Sacramento is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the city’s historic places, and The Hive — Sacramento’s largest coworking community — recently expanded into a 15,000-square-foot space at the historic Cannery, which has been redeveloped into a business park.
The 2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk celebrated and honored blood cancer survivors, supporters and loved ones lost with music, food, fireworks and festivities. The highlight of the event was a beautiful evening stroll with participants carrying illuminated lanterns around Raley Field, across the Tower Bridge and along the Sacramento River.
The California State Fair came to an end this past weekend after another successful year. Despite temperatures reaching triple digits many days, Cal Expo was crowded with thousands enjoying the fascinating exhibits, popular livestock shows, mouthwatering food and award-winning wine tasting.
On June 20 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society held it’s annual Man & Woman of the Year Awards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is an annual 10-week fundraising competition between community leaders united by one goal, to use their leadership skills to raise funds to help blood cancer patients live longer and more fulfilling lives.
On November 14-16, aspiring women entrepreneurs filled The Urban Hive to create businesses in 54 hours at Sacramento’s first women’s hackathon.
On September 27th and 28th, the 17th Annual Sacramento Reptile Show took place at the Sacramento Convention Center. This family friendly event showcased reptiles of all shapes and sizes including snakes, iguanas, turtles, alligators and more. Attendees had a chance to get close and personal with these scaly animals.
Celebrating 25 years of providing business insight to the Capital Region, Comstock’s hosted nearly 600 of the area’s most influential leaders at the California Aerospace Museum for a party featuring food, wine and music by Derek Thomas.