Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 12:00 am

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California. On the calendar for the fifth year is the Red Shoe Crawl slated for June 29 in downtown Sacramento and surrounding neighborhoods. Registration will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Citizen Hotel, 926 J St., and after that, red-shoe clad participants may stroll leisurely from restaurant to restaurant sampling culinary delights and perhaps a beverage. The crawl will conclude with an after party from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mulvaney’s, 1215 19th St. Among stops on the Crawl will be 3 Fires Lounge, Buckhorn Grill, Cayla’s Cakes and Bakes, Downtown and Vine, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, Le Cordon Bleu Sacramento, Mama Kim on the Go!, Mayahuel, Mikuni, Squeeze Inn, the Press Bistro, What’s the Scoop Ice Cream and Zocalo Suggested attire is comfortable, casual and cool with red shoes in honor of Ronald McDonald’s trademark foot wear. Tickets are $60 in advance; premium tickets are $80, with benefits including early registration. Each ticket includes a goodie bag plus food and beverages from all participating restaurants. For information and to purchase tickets visit Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California is dedicated to programs that improve the lives of children and their families by supporting the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House and Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. While restaurant owners contribute to the charity, the majority of financial support comes from community donations, corporate sponsorships and special events.

Women’s Empowerment. The 13th annual Celebration of Independence Gala will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 26 at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake, 500 Leisure Lane. Women’s Empowerment graduates will mingle with the attendees at the formal dinner, which will include live and silent auctions, program presentations by the graduates and live music. The gala not only raises funds for the organization but it honors the group’s graduates. Tickets are $100; call (916) 669-2307 or visit Women’s Empowerment’s job-readiness program is designed specifically for women who are homeless, and their children. In 2009, Women’s Empowerment graduated 1,144 homeless women and their more than 2,500 children. In 2013 , 80 percent of the graduates found homes and 90 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women of diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community.

Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. Movie night is on the calendar for 6 p.m. Tuesday for the viewing of “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” at the Esquire Imax Theater. Ticket price: $15 – movie, popcorn and small beverage included. The film takes audiences to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Call (916) 444-5900 or visit

Fair Oaks Theatre Festival and American River College Theatre. An ice cream social will be at 7:15 p.m. June 20 at the Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheatre,7991 California Ave., Fair Oaks. Cookies and champagne will be offered before the opening of “The Brain,” a send-up of sci-films of the 1950s. The star: A dancing singing brain. Dessert with the cast will follow the show. For information about the summer program, call (916) 966-3683.

Animal Rescue and Serve Elk Grove. The Elk Grove charity bowling event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. June 27 at Pins N Strikes in Elk Grove. Hosts will be Gary Davis, Elk Grove mayor, and Jim Cooper, vice mayor. A $1,000 head-pin-title co-sponsorship will include team registration, hors d’oeuvres reception with the Davis and Cooper, lane assignment in the VIP area, and a 10th frame challenge with Davis and Cooper for a special prize. The running lane sponsorship is a $500 donation and includes team registration, hors d’oeuvres and lane assignment. Deadline to enter is Sunday ; call (916) 606-3905. Animal Rescue League is a no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, stray and abused animals, as well as educating the public about the responsibilities of animal care to further develop awareness. AFL provides a safe and caring, free-roaming, sanctuary adoption center. Serve Elk Grove connects people and needs by making it easier to find service project opportunities and to post service needs.

Sclerodema Foundation. The Northern California Chapter will present the 12th annual Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma 5K and fun walk June 28 in William Land Park. Runners will begin the course at 8:30 a.m., walkers will follow at 9 a.m. Registration is available at; fees vary by age and level of participation. Participants are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Included will be a kids zone, raffles, silent auction and Zumba Joe for the warm-up. Scleroderma is a chronic degenerative autoimmune disease characterized by hardening of the body’s connective tissue. Julie Reid is chapter president; call (916) 832-1102.

Sacramento Air Force Association Chapter 116. The 11th annual Wings of Hope golf tournament will be Monday at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville. The primary fundraiser of the chapter provides college scholarships and urgent relief to needy military families. Dinner plus silent and live auctions will follow golf. Call Ray Coughlin at (916) 989-4226.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The sixth annual Team Hope walk will be July 26 in William Land Park . Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with walk time at 9 a.m. Participants registering and raising $250 by June 28 will receive a chance to win at MacBook Pro 15, valued at $1,799, donated by Facebook. The top five fundraising teams will get their names printed on the backs of shirts. Teresa Tempkin will be honored for her work with Huntington’s disease families at the Center of Excellence and Mr. and Mrs. George Parks for their contributions. Visit or contact Rene Hamlin, walk coordinator, at (916) 996-2594 ( HAMLIN@WALKFORHD.ORG).

Environmental Voices. The Best Friend Friday celebration will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Sierra 2, 2791 24th St., Sacramento. On the menu: Food and wine. The celebration is $5, with proceeds helping Environmental Voices with its research and educational programs as well as providing financial assistance for Sierra 2. Call (916) 595-7197.

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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