Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014 - 12:00 am

• Francis House. Feast for the Streets will be held for the 23rd year, coincidentally, on April 23 with a new format: a catered served dinner (not a potluck). The 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. event will be highlighted with the first presentation of the Greg Bunker Prizes to community leaders who have worked to eradicate poverty and homelessness in the Sacramento region. The prizes will honor Francis House’s longtime executive director, Greg Bunker, who died in 2010. Honorees will be Gordon Fowler, founder and president of 3fold Communications; Holly Harper, regional community benefits manager with Sutter Health; Dr. Darrick Lawson, owner and operator of the Healing Touch Chiropractic in downtown Sacramento; and Fred Teichert, executive director of the Teichert Foundation and former vice president of Teichert Land Co. The dinner prepared by Betsy Hite, owner and head chef of Elegant & Easy Gourmet in Wilton, will feature items from Hite’s farm. Dennis Mangers, former assemblyman, will serve as emcee, and wielding the auction gavel will be David Sobon. The Feast for the Streets is $75 per person; sponsorships are available at varying levels with appropriate amenities. For instance, a diamond sponsorship at $5,000 includes two tables of 10, signage, unlimited bottles of wine, and onstage participation in the award presentation program. To purchase tickets, visit or For additional information, call Steve Caruso, Francis House executive director, or Debie Baranchulk, event chair, at (916) 443-2646. Francis House Center is in its 44th year serving families and individuals suffering from homelessness and poverty.

• Sacramento Children’s Home Gifting Grandmas. The Gifting Grandmas, for the third year, will sponsor an authors luncheon and program April 16 at North Ridge Country Club. Check in and no-host social will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and program at 11:30 a.m. Authors attending will be Allison Brennan, best-selling writer of 23 romantic thrillers; Robin Burcell, author of four Kate Gillespie books; Drusilla Campbell, author of 15 published novels; and Patricia Newman, author of books for children of all ages. April is designated as 4 the Babies and contributions will be collected for diapers. The event is $45; send checks made out to FCN/SCH and mail to Diane Cooper, 4421 Marble Way, Carmichael, CA 95608. Or make reservations through; call (916) 698-5252. Reservations should be made by April 10. All proceeds will support the Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, a program of the Sacramento Children’s Home.

• Sacramento Zoo. A Party for the Planet themes the 15th annual Earth Fest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the zoo in William Land Park, On the schedule: hands-on crafts and games designed to teach the basics of recycle, reduce and reuse. A recycle rummage sale will be held along with check presentations to the 2013 Quarters for Conservation recipients at 1:30 p.m.

• Friends of Sacramento Public Library. More than 70,000 gently used books, videos, records and audio books will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and April 12 at the Friends warehouse at the rear of the Friends Book Den store at Suite E, 825 Belvedere Ave., just south of 14th Avenue between Power Inn Road and Florin-Perkins Road. Sale prices? 50 cents to $2. Plenty of parking is available, but pay attention to the No Parking signs on the south side of Belvedere is the advice of the Friends. For Friends members, a preview will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (non-members may join for $15). Income from the warehouse sale will help pay for programs, equipment and materials that local libraries need but cannot afford. The Book Den, with most items priced individually from $3 up, willl be open during the sale as well as weekly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call (916)731-8493 or

• Soroptimist International of Cameron Park & El Dorado Hills. The 13th annual national touring film festival will visit the community April 10 at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. (beverages be on sale sale; desserts complimentary; 7 p.m. show time. The festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Soroptimist projects to provide financial aid for education of women who are solely responsible for themselves and their families. Tickets are $15 general, $8 students; visit El Dorado Hills Chamber Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Vine Center, Town Center, or Cameron Park Health Foods, 3342 Coach Lane, Cameron Park.

• Soroptimist Internatonal of Roseville. The 58th annual Palm Sunday breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 13 at the Roseville Lions Club/Scout Lodge, 107 Sutter St., Roseville. On the menu: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee/tea/milk. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 for those 8 years and under. For tickets or large group reservations, call (916) 259-1375. Proceeds will fund projects such as Dress A Girl, tote bags for sexual assault victims, scholarships, Christmas baskets, goodie bags for seniors, and programs to improve the lives of women and children.

• Sierra Wildlife. April classes for prospective rehabbers are slated. Sessions will focus on fawns at 10 a.m. April 12, raccoons at 1 p.m. April 12, foxes, coyotes and bobcats at 10 a.m. April 19, opossums at 10 a.m. April 26, and principles and procedures for triaging mammals and birds for current and new rehabbers April 26. All classes are held at the SWR Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Road, Placerville, and are free to members, $5 donation from the general public. Make reservations in advance at (530) 621-2650 to determine parking places.

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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