Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Published: Wednesday, May. 7, 2014 - 12:00 am

Junior Achievement. For the eighth year, Cheers for Children is on the calendar with Friday as the date for the 2014 event and the Granite Bay home of Jonna and Roger Ward as the place. The Gatsby-style party from 6 to 9:30 p.m. will include food and cocktails, entertainment and live auction. Funds raised will help JA’s economic empowerment programs focused on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. In 2013, more than 560 volunteers from the business community delivered programs to more than 10,000 students in grades K-12. Jonna Ward serves as CEO of VIP: Visionary Integration Professionals, which empowers client success at every stage of the organizational life cycle by helping clients strengthen business and mission outcomes, drive operational effectiveness and achieve integrated learning and performance management.

Said Susan Vicchio, JA president, “With help from partners like VIP, we can help prepare the most vulnerable youth in our community for successful adulthood. Our role is to inspire our young people and give them the tools they need to act on their dreams. We are teaching them what they need to know to get a job, save money and function on their own.”

Cheers for Children tickets begin at $100 per person. Table sponsorships are available beginning at $500. For availability, visit or call Natalie Franks at (916) 480-2770, ext. 12.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The grand finale gala for the 2014 Man, Woman & Students of the Year fundraiser will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Winners of the titles will be candidates raising the most funds to support the society. Among candidates are Jim Anderson, Douglas Brauner, Bernice Jimenez Creager, Yvette Crocker, Niki Hirst, Jason Silva (a lymphoma survivor) and Dulcy Wilson. Candidates in the younger category include Julianna Hess and Megan Hester-McCullough, Sacramento City College; Alex Stamas, Granite Bay High School; Christopher Hicks and Brendan MacDonald, Davis Senior High School; Lauren Montee and Austin D’Souza, Cosumnes Oaks High School; Russell Patty and Jason Heathers, Rio Americano High School; Garret Heisinger, boy of the year; and Emily Love, girl of the year. Contact Jennifer Pear at (916) 929-4720, ext. 1525 or

Sacramento Zoo. The 13th annual Swingin’ Safari golf tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday at El Macero Country Club, 44571 Clubhouse Drive, El Macero. Lunch will precede a putting contest with competitors putting past a live boa constrictor or under the eye of a Harris Hawk. Sam Shane, KOVR, will officiate at the trophy dinner featuring the presentation of trophies in the form of ostrich eggs with hand-drawn images of a snow leopard. For information, call (916) 808-7446.

KVIE. Art by Sharon Gerber will be featured at the 33rd Street Bistro from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 3301 Folsom Blvd. Wine tasting and appetizers will be available at the show in the banquet room off the patio dining area. Artist Gerber will donate a portion of sales of her art to KVIE.

Sacramento Fine Arts Center. A reception will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 5330B Gibbons Dr., Carmichael. Drawings, paintings and sculpture by the Friday Morning Figure Studio Group will be on display. Call (916) 716-5951.

Camerata California. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with Feast of Mexico from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wesley House, 5412 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Margaritas, along with beer, wine and sodas, will be served with traditional Mexican food. The program will include music, drawings and surprises. The fiesta is $50; Call (916) 483-1386; Camerata California is a chamber choir.

Rio Linda/Elverta Historical Society. The 20th annual Farm & Tractor Days will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Historic Dry Creek Ranch House, 6852 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda. Life on the Farm themes the event. Features will include a display of classic and antique tractors, antique farm engines, farm animals, petting zoo, draft horses, museum tours, hourly raffle prizes, vendors and crafters on 180 acres of preserved farmland. Fee: $3 a carload.

The nonprofit organization is run by an all-volunteer group dedicated to preserving, promoting, protecting and restoring the rural heritage for today and future generations. What happens to the proceeds? According to volunteer Candace Lampe Taylor: “One hundred percent of the proceeds will be plowed directly back into the ranch and museum.”

Kondos Gallery, Sacramento City College. The SCC juried student art show will be celebrated with an opening reception and awards ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. Guest juror was Shelly Willis, director of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. The exhibit will continue through May 16; gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment on Friday. Visit or (916) 558-2559.

Creative Arts League of Sacramento. A bus tour to visit Filoli house and gardens is slated for May 15. Following lunch at the Filoli cafe, the bus tour will continue to Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Trip price is $75 for CAL members and their friends; $83 for nonmembers. For information/reservations, contact Pamela Trump at or call (916) 952-5284.

Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms Chapter CA-27. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser is on the calendar from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17 at Folsom Veterans Hall, 1300 Forrest Way, Folsom. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 children 3-12, free for children 2 and under. The fundraiser will include a no-host bar and a raffle of more than 40 baskets valued at more than $70. The organization supports Gold Star families, those who have lost a family member in military conflict and Silver Star families with members who have returned home wounded. Contact Leslie Wade at or go to Folsom Veterans Hall to purchase tickets.

Sacramento Stork Walk. Three organizations assisting low-income pregnant women and teens will benefit from the Stork Walk May 17 beginning at Maidu Park in Roseville. Funds raised will help Sacramento Life Center, Alternative Pregnancy Center and New Life Pregnancy Center provide free pregnancy services for low income pregnant women and teens. The event will include bounce houses, face painting, balloons and local food trucks. “This is a great opportunity for families, individuals and teams to come out and walk for mothers and babies in need of care,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director of Sacramento Life Center.

The 2K walk and 5K fun run raised $50,000 for the organizations last year. Registration for the 2014 event is $25; free for kids ages 12 and under. Check-in time is 8 a.m. with a rally at 9:30 a.m., and walk time at10 a.m. Participants who raise $250 or more will receive a prize. To sign up or make a donation, visit

Editor’s Note: This copy was corrected on May 7.

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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