On Nov. 8, 2017, Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter hosted the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. Honorees were awarded for model leadership, selflessness and a vision for a better future. Comstock’s awarded the American Red Cross Gold Country Chapter $10,000 as part of its annual raffle.
Neary 1,700 people gathered at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium for the 2nd edition of Le Dîner en Blanc Sacramento, on Oct. 7th. Created in Paris nearly 30 years ago, this global phenomenon takes place in more than 70 cities and 25 countries around the world. The 2017 event was supported by local partners Nugget Markets, Land Rover Rocklin and Sacramento, and the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.
Three hundred people gathered at Eskaton’s Beyond Imagination event at the home of Drs. Janak and Nalini Mehtani to celebrate seniors on Oct. 6th. Guests experienced a perfect Sacramento evening with Bollywood dancing, Jazz by Brias and friends, and a tour of the mansion — which was originally built for Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
The Center for Land-Based Learning hosted their second fundraiser dinner on Oct. 8, at the Barn in West Sacramento. The evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. The Center for Land-Based Learning works to create the next generation of farmers and teaching California’s youth about the importance of agriculture and natural resource conservation.
The National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley Chapter held the Annual Outstanding Women Leadership Awards on Oct. 19. Established in 1997, the OWL Awards celebrate exemplary women leaders in the business community, and recognize achievements of female entrepreneurs and corporate leaders in entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership.
On Oct. 26 United Way held its 16th Annual Luncheon at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, where 450 Women United members and guests raised more than $75,000 to support United Way’s foster youth program. Guests heard from Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and viewed a fashion show featuring young adults from United Way’s foster program.
On Sept. 14, The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 15th anniversary at the Dante Club in Sacramento. Honorees included Steven Walker of Fast Break Tech, Jason Russell of Russell CPAs, Lori Okamoto of SMUD, and nine additional students who received Rainbow Chamber Foundation scholarships. Proceeds of the live and silent auctions benefit the Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund.
On Sept. 9, The American Cancer Society held the 9th Annual Hope Gala at the home of Nancy and Alan Brodovsky honoring cancer survivor Brandi Rhodes and Ralph de Vere White M.D. Emeritus Director, UC Davis Cancer Center. The fundraiser featured a silent auction, a strolling dinner from Elaine Bell Catering and live music.
Breathe California Sacramento Region celebrated its centennial gala on Oct. 21 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The event featured a silent auction and special guest speakers Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. Since 1917, Breathe has built a legacy of fighting for clean air, healthy lungs and smoke-free living.
On Aug. 1, the American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter, held their“All Access” reception at The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento, welcoming Gary May, the new chancellor of University of California, Davis. ALF-MVC “All Access” events are designed to connect individuals with the region’s newest leaders. May was previously the engineering dean at Georgia Tech and was appointed as the 7th chancellor of UC Davis, earlier this year.
On Oct. 5, the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program held a Roast and Toast to honor Doni Blumenstock, co-founder of NELP, at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. The event raised funds to pay tuition costs for the incoming NELP class. NELP is a 10-month professional development program designed to prepare its fellows for effective and ethical leadership.
The 2017 Jessup Gala was held Oct. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The gala raised funds for student scholarships at William Jessup University in Rocklin, the Sacramento region’s only Western Association of Schools and Colleges-accredited, private four-year Christian university.
Photos by Image Outfitters Photography
The 19th annual Race for the Arts was held on Aug. 27h at William Land Park. Race for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness, and increases audiences for California nonprofit performing, literary, cultural and visual arts organizations, along with school music, literary, drama and art programs.
On August 29th, Positive Coaching Alliance held the 2017 Jeans and Jerseys Youth Sports Awards at Sacramento State to highlight community members, coaches and athletes throughout the Sacramento region.
Photos courtesy of Positive Coaching Alliance/ Douglas Taylor Photography
On Aug. 3, The Sacramento Metro Chamber hosted “Crushing It: How the Wine Industry is Influencing Agriculture,” as part of their annual State of Agriculture series, at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. The event featured a moderated panel discussion, keynote address from John Aguirre, president of CA Association of Winegrape Growers and wine tasting from the region’s favorite wineries.
On Aug. 30, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center hosted their annual Pride Awards fundraiser at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento. This year 5 individuals were honored as local champions of the LGBT community. The Pride Awards is the biggest fundraiser for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, whose mission is to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive.
On Aug. 19, the Wide Open Walls mural festival held the inaugural Wall Ball at the 14th Street Warehouse. The mural festival, which launched on Aug. 10, saw over 50 artists put up over 40 murals throughout Sacramento.
On August 9, Comstock’s magazine held their quarterly client appreciation night at Mulvaney’s B&L. Clients were treated to a pre-show dinner and reception.
On Aug. 16, the Alliance for Women in Media held their August luncheon at Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa, in Sacramento. Mike Testa, CEO of Visit Sacramento, joined Wes Rhea, CEO of Visit Stockton, for a panel on city identity, attracting new business and becoming a tourist destination. Alliance for Women in Media is the oldest professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment in the nation; the Sacramento chapter was established in 2012.
On June 24, more than 300 guests and volunteers gathered for the third annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction, to benefit the American River Parkway Foundation. Proceeds supported the Parkway Foundation’s programs and efforts to maintain and improve the American River Parkway, including a portion dedicated to youth STEM education through the Campfire Outdoor Education Site.