Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 - 12:00 am

American Heart Association. The Heart and Stroke Ball will celebrate its 24th anniversary March 22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J St. The 6 to 11 p.m. event will be themed “Glitz, Glamour & Gatsby.” Vincent Johnson is serving as Heart & Stroke Ball chair, with Alice Chazen as Open Your Heart chair. On the sponsor list are UC Davis Health System, which is the designated Open Your Heart sponsor, and Von Housen Automotive Group, a Ball for the Ball sponsor. Visit

The Heart and Stroke Ball is an annual black tie event presented to support the mission of the AHA to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The primary focus is to raise awareness and research funds for heart disease and congenital heart defects in children.

Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. The International Culinary Festival – the third annual – will be from 3 to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. The fest will feature more than a dozen restaurants serving a variety of ethnic foods. Among participants will be Land Ocean, Visconti’s Ristorante, La Rosa Blanc, India House, Folsom Thai Cuisine and Jimmy T’s Catering. Master of ceremonies will be John McGinness, former Sacramento County sheriff and current host of a daily show on KFBK. David Faber, world champion ice carver, will present a demonstration. The program also will include entertainment, a silent auction, wine and beer tasting, and international costumes.

Sponsors include Elliott Homes, Folsom Lake Bank, River City Communications and Teichert. Kevin Gleave serves as president of the Folsom Rotary Club, which contributes to local charitable programs including Play for All Park Folsom, dictionaries for all Folsom third-graders, Twin Lakes Food Bank, Powerhouse Ministries and more. Last year, the culinary festival raised more than $20,000 for community programs. Mary Asay is the 2014 festival chair; email Tickets are $25 per person; visit or call (916) 837-6582.

Sacramento Children’s Chorus. “Wine & Chocolate – A Harmony of Tastes” themes the fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at Antiquite Maison Privee, 2114 P St. Featured will be desserts, fine wines and small plates, along with a raffle, silent auction and a short musical presentation. Among participants will be Sean Minor, Le Grand Dancing Coyote, Capital Confections, James Blake, Sinful Treats, Barefoot Champagne, Nothing Bundt Cakes and New Belgium. Tickets, in advance only, are $35 per person. Go to or call (916) 646-1141. Looking to the future: The Children’s Chorus Cantoris and Cantus choirs will sing the national anthem before the River Cats game May 20.

Francis House. Look for some changes at the 23th annual Feast for the Streets slated from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St. This year, the feast will focus on a “plated” dinner, not potluck style. Chef Betsy Hite of Elegant & Easy Gourmet in Wilson will design the dinner, featuring items from her farm in Wilton. The festivities will include the presentation for the first time of the Greg Bunker Prizes to four community leaders. Dennis Mangers, former assemblyman, will reign as emcee and Dennis Sobon will be auctioneer.

The dinner is $75 per person with sponsorships available. Contact Steve Caruso or Debie Baranchulk, event chair, at (916) 443- 2646 or or In its 44th year, Francis House serves families and individuals suffering from homelessness and poverty.

Police Activities League. March Madness Bingo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 20 at the Florin Road Bingo Hall, 2350 Florin Road (doors will open at 5:30 p.m.) The event (must be 21 to attend) will include a no-host bar, dinner by Blue Prynt, door prizes, sports packages, raffle and more.

Tickets are $45 in advance, $60 at the door; sponsorships available. Go to Florin Road Bingo security desk for tickets (cash only). Each ticket includes eight games and dinner. Proceeds will benefit youth activities of the PAL, formerly the Police Athletic League. Call (916) 803-7911.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Pizza with a Purpose is on the schedule for March 18 when California Pizza Kitchen, 1735 Arden Way, will donate 20 percent of the diner’s check to BB/BS Pizza Dough Rewards program during restaurant hours.

Purchases include dine in, take out, catering and all beverages.

Wish Upon a Wedding. Brides for a Cause, a charity wedding dress sale, will be three dates in March at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Blvd. The opening VIP sneak preview will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 13 at $15 per bride plus one guest ($10 for extra guest tickets); visit General admission days will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday March 14 and Saturday March 15 (no admission fee). The charity wedding dress sale will feature more than 800 new and gently used wedding dresses up to 75 percent off. All dresses are donated by bridal stores and individuals across the country. Veils and other bridal accessories also will be on sale. The nonprofit Wish Upon a Wedding organization is dedicated to providing weddings and vow renewals for individuals facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering circumstances.

United Nations World Water Day 2014. Walk4Water will be held March 22 beginning at Faith Presbyterian Church, 625 Florin Road. The 2-mile round trip will proceed to the Cabana Club South private swimming pool, 6615 Gloria Drive, and return. Walkers will carry an empty water container 1 mile and fill it up at the pool and return to the church and empty the water into the courtyard fountain. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with walk time at 10 a.m.

Fee is $25 for adults, $10 children accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the Faith Church sponsored World Vision Abaya Ethiopia Area Development Program clean water projects. Faith Church will match up to $20,000 of all donations received. Visit

Gloria Glyer focuses on events raising funds for charity. Email announcements four weeks in advance to or mail to Gloria Glyer, The Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento CA 95852 or call (530) 477-5331.

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