California Musical Theatre. The Broadway Gala will be May 2 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. The black-tie-optional event will focus on “The Glitz and Glamour of Broadway,” with a hosted cocktail reception, dinner, musical entertainment, dancing and live auction. Decor will reflect the New York Broadway theme. The program, with Dennis Mangers as master of ceremonies, will focus on a program of musical theater favorites performed by Broadway professionals who have appeared at the Music Circus through the years. A special part of the program will feature a children’s choir of alums from the educational programs offered through the California Musical Theatre Academy.
A trip for two to New York City for the Tony Awards on June 7 is among items on the live auction list, which includes a walk-on part at a Music Circus production and a painting of the Music Circus by Sacramento artist Tim Collom. A dance set by Clean Slate will close the event.
Gala co-chairs are Taryn McGrann and Jacqueline Calkin Bagatelos. Tickets are $300; a table for 10 is $3,000. A $5,000 contribution includes a limousine for the evening and table champagne service. Sponsorships are available. Call (916) 446-5880, ext. 123, or go to CaliforniaMusicalTheatre.com. Gala proceeds provide arts education programs for the Sacramento region through the California Musical Theatre, the nonprofit organization that presents theatrical experiences through Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento. Title sponsor of the The Broadway Gala is Chevron; presenting sponsors are VSP and Rabobank.
Gifting Grandmas. The fourth annual Author’s Luncheon will be April 15 at North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave. in Fair Oaks, with no-host social time at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program at noon. The author lineup will include Erin Dealey, teacher, scriptwriter and author of children’s books and young adult novels; Chris Enes, New York Times best-selling author, scriptwriter and comedienne whose passion is telling stories of the history and mythology of the American West; Catriona McPherson, born in Scotland, who moved to California in 2010, a multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver detective stories; and Tina Ferguson, owner of Face in a Book bookstore, with answers to reading questions and book sales. An extra for the day: With April designated as 4 the Babies Month, the GGs will collect change to purchase diapers for babies in need. The luncheon is $50 ($20 tax-deductible). To become a member of the GGs, dues are $200. Call (916) 698-5252 or email email@example.com. All proceeds support the Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, a program of the Sacramento Children’s Home.
UCP of Sacramento and Northern California. A night at the Sacramento Kings basketball game is being offered as a benefit for UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) featuring four tickets near mid-court and five rows from the floor with a face value of $154 each plus two preferred parking passes at $15 each. On the floor against the Kings: the Los Angeles Lakers. Fee for the UCP event is $400; email Evie Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds will benefit UCP programs for 4,774 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Big Brothers/Sisters. Bowl for Kids’ Sake will be April 11 at Country Club Lanes with times at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. or 2 p.m. Bowlers are encouraged to sign up sponsors. A minimum pledge of $100 includes two games of bowling and a BFKS T-shirt. Visit www.sacbowl.kintera.org or call (916) 646-9300. Funds raised will enable BB/BS to match up more children with a BB or BS.
Women’s Empowerment. The 14th annual Celebration of Independence Gala will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 14 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane. Funds raised will support the organization, which offers a job readiness program that is designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. In 2014, the organization graduated 1,201 homeless women and their 2,600 children. Last year, 89 percent of graduates found homes and 88 percent found jobs or are enrolled in school or training. The WE program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. The WE is funded solely through private donations. In preparation for the gala, the organization is seeking donations of formal gowns in sizes 14 and up and dress shoes in sizes 9-12 plus shapeware, strapless bras, purses and jewelry. Donations will be accepted through April 10 at WE, 1590 North A St., between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Visit www.womens-empowerment.org.
Welcome Home Housing. The sixth annual antique evaluation day to raise funds for mental health will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 at 2425 Sierra Blvd. Oral evaluations will be provided by appraisers, who appraise for Crocker Art Museum. Items to be considered for appraisal: Jewelry, toys, Asian art, china, paintings, western and sport memorabilia, toys and more. Evaluation for one item will be $8, for five items, $35. Call (916) 505-5232.
Sacramento Crisis Nursery. Among items on the futures calendar is the American Girl fashion show: “Styles of Yesterday & Today” at 6 p.m. April 17 and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 18 at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Blvd. Hosting the show are Sacramento Children’s Home and Friends of Sacramento Crisis Nurseries. Tickets are $25 for children 12 and under ($10 tax-deductible), and $35 ($20 tax-deductible) general. The shows are recommended for children ages 6 and up. Visit www.kidshome.org/events.
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