Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 - 12:00 am

California Musical Theatre. The annual fundraising gala will be Saturday at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. beginning at 6 p.m. A New York Broadway theme will prevail over the event, which will include a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, auction and dancing to Hip Service. The black-tie-optional event will spotlight Zonya Love, a Music Circus alum and Broadway star who played Celie in “The Color Purple.”

Special feature will be a children’s choir of alums from the educational programs offered through the California Musical Theatre Academy. Dennis Mangers will be master of ceremonies; Julie Sloat is gala chair.

Among items gathered by David Sobon Auctions will be a Tony Award weekend for two in New York City, including tickets to the 68th annual awards program at Radio City Music Hall, airfare and three nights at the Michelangelo Hotel; A Wicked Evening for Ten at the Historic Governor’s Mansion catered by Lucca; a walk-on role in the production of “Mary Poppins” for one show; cooking class, gourmet French dinner and overnight accommodations for six at the Ramekins Culinary School Events & Inn in Sonoma; a four-course dinner for 20 onstage at the Community Center Theater with Music Circus actors, followed by the production “La Cage Aux Folles” at the Wells Fargo Pavilion; a party for 20 with cast members from “Mary Poppins”; and an original oil painting by Tim Collom.

Gala tickets are $300 (table for 10 is $3,000). Sponsorships are available. Call (916) 446-5880, ext. 123, or visit

Casa Garden Restaurant. The Casa’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated with a week of special events beginning Monday.

Over the years, the Casa has raised more than $2.6 million to benefit programs at the Sacramento Children’s Home. On Monday, Los Ninos Service League members will be recognized for their volunteer support. Additional events will include a wine social with lunch at 11:30 a.m. only Tuesday (usually lunch is served twice daily), prepaid reservations only; a showing of uniforms from the past is on the program for May 7; Casa Crafters sale will be May 8; and a Sacramento Children’s Home celebration will be May 9. The entrée during celebration week will be a repeat of the opening daily menu: Casa soufflé with strawberry spinach salad or Asian noodle salad with chicken and vegetables. Dessert: Raspberry walnut torte. The Casa regularly serves lunch at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations: (916) 452-2809.

Safetyville USA. Taste of the Little City will be presented for the 13th year from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 8 at the Safety Center, 3900 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento. Sip, Sample, Savor will be the theme with local wines, craft brews and food treats served throughout the miniature city setting. The silent auction will feature fine art and jewelry, wines, travel and more. General admission is $40; call (916) 438-3355. All proceeds will benefit the children’s safety and health education program.

American Heart Association. Go Red for Women will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Sleep Train Arena. The health and beauty expo will precede lunch served on the court. Presenting the event is Sutter Health & Vascular Institute; additional sponsors include the Sacramento Kings Foundation, Wells Fargo, Molina Healthcare, Home Instead Senior Care, Western Health Advantage, InterWest Insurance and Golden 1 Credit Union. Call (916) 446-6505 for information.

Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association. A Taste of Baroque will be from 5 to 8 p.m. May 10 in the Good Life Garden of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine on the UC Davis campus. Proceeds will benefit DSOMA to send the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble to participate in the American Music Celebration in Italy. A catered dinner, live and silent auctions and a performance by the ensemble will be featured. Tickets are $50 online at Brown Paper Tickets or Watermelon Music in Davis. Contact David Smart at (530) 754-7143.

Saint John’s Program for Real Change. Simply Mad for Tea, A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be May 8 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. The program will include wine tasting and silent auction from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., high tea from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and program from 2 to 3 p.m. Featured as the 2014 inspirational mothers will be Jan Scully, Sacramento County’s district attorney, and Emily Levin, alumna of Saint John’s and assistant director of First Steps child development center, an employment training program of Saint John’s (formerly known as St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children).

Scully will be honored for her work to protect and improve the lives of California’s women and children. Levin is being celebrated as a role model for mothers working to build a healthy, stable and self-sufficient life for themselves and their children. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit

Childhood Cancer Charity. The 17th annual Keaton Raphael Memorial golf tournament will be Friday at Lincoln Hills Golf Club, with shotgun start at noon. “A Twist of De Mayo” is the tournament’s theme. For information or possibility of a playing spot, call (916) 784-6786 or visit

Courage Worldwide. A fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. May 8 at Amy Ruthnick’s Final Gravity, 9205 Sierra College Blvd., Suite 100, Roseville. The organization builds homes around the world for children rescued from sex trafficking. The event will be the kickoff for a golf tournament slated for May 9 at Morgan Creek Golf Club. Email

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. The fifth Gardens of the Hills Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with eight gardens open for visitors. Wine-tasting, local artists and El Dorado County master gardeners are featured. Tickets are $25 general, $10 children 12 and under. Visit www.sierrafoothills.assistance for advance ticket sales. On tour day, tickets will be available at 881 Embarcadero Drive, El Dorado Hills.

American Cancer Society. The Discovery Shop at 2708 Marconi Ave., will sponsor the annual jewelry extravaganza Friday through Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Featured will be gold, sterling, gem stone and vintage jewelry, plus fun and funky pieces. The money raised supports research, education, patient services and advocacy. Call 916) 484-0227.

Sunburst Projects. The midtown plant sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Gifted Gardener, 18th Street between J and K streets. Hardy perennials, including new, rare and hard-to-find varieties, will be featured. Proceeds benefit children in the summer camp program of Sunburst Projects. Call Bob Hamm at (916) 617-7516 or visit

Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation. The Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday with Granite Park, 8181 Cucamonga Ave., as the start place. For women only, the 5K course will have mud; participants are advised to bring a change of clothes/shoes and a bag for the muddy apparel. Cheering squads welcome. 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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