Gloria Glyer: fundraising events around the Sacramento region


Crocker Art Museum.

The traditional Crocker Ball, a harbinger of the holiday season, is called the signature black-tie fundraising event in Sacramento. And that it is, because it raises more than a half-million dollars for the museum annually.

Dec. 7 is the date for this year’s ball, which will support the arts education programs. Ball festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include a cocktail reception, dinner by Beth Sogaard Catering of Plymouth, a live auction and dancing to Hip Service. Honorary co-chairs are Joyce and Jim Teel, perennial supporters. Additional sponsors include Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP and Rabobank.

Highlights of the dinner menu include seared day boat scallop lollipops among starters, a first course of confit of duck, arugula and gorgozola flan in a silver egg with thyme roasted Guinea hen roulade and ginger glazed beef short ribs as the main course. The mini dessert display will include eggnog crème brulée bars and almond Grand Marnier cake. Late night bites range from cones of truffled potato chips to fried chicken and waffles, and on to the departure bites of mini grilled Miner’s Reubens.

Sarah Zeff, this year’s chair, said: “It is an honor to serve the Crocker Art Museum in such a profound way. Year after year, for more than five decades, Sacramento’s generosity has shined on the Crocker Ball. This year, we look forward once again to celebrating the arts and those who help make art available to everyone in the region.”

Bridging the gap from basketball court to museum and joining in the festivities will be Vivek Ranadive, the new owner of the Sacramento Kings, plus president Chris Granger.

Zeff’s committee includes Sharon Anapolsky, Beth Bowers, Simi Chehrazi, Brenda Deary, Heather Dubinetskiy, Regan Durst, Dr. Viva Ettin Rader, Daniel Farley, Gloria Gonzalez, Joy Heller Gough, Gayle Miller Govenar, Karen Himick, Kathaleen Johnson, Erika Jones, Lainie Josephson, Edie Lambert, Garry Maisel, Melissa Mattei, Robert McDougal, Teresa Niello, Patrice Ratinoff, Beth Ruyak-McWhirter, Jon Stevenson, Olivia Straine, Jennifer Teel-Wolter, Julie Teel, 2012 chair Paulette Trainor and Laura Wendel.

Individual tickets for the Crocker Ball are $1,000; patron level sponsorship is $1,500. Golden visionary sponsorship for two is $5,000; table sponsorship for 10 is $15,000. Call (916) 808-7843.


KVIE Public Television.

The inaugural food and wine celebration, KVIE Uncorked, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the studios. Featured will be beverages poured by Bogle Vineyards, Terra d’Oro Winery, Ninkasi Brewing Co. and Lagunitas Brewing Co. While sipping, guests can partake in gourmet cheese from Whole Foods Market and desserts by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Live auction items up for bid will be a special KVIE board member wine cellar valued at $500. The program will include a special presentation by Terra d’Oro winemaker Chris Leamy and a Whole Foods Market certified cheese professional.

Tickets are $35 and include two drink tickets, with additional drink tickets at $5. Those attending may donate a favorite bottle of wine for the Instant Wine Cellar auction in exchange for a $10 voucher for auction items or additional drink tickets. KVIE Uncorked supports the nonprofit mission of KVIE to offer a world of ideas, arts and adventures. For tickets and more information, visit


Soroptimist International of Roseville.

Fun, Fashion & Firs themes the fashion show, boutique and holiday tree auction from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Sun City Timbers Ballroom, 7050 Del Webb Blvd. Admission is $30 in advance only; Friday is the final day to purchase tickets. Call Kathy Smith at (916) 782-7234. Proceeds benefit local programs that enrich the lives of women and children.


Blue Line Arts.

The two-day holiday sale will be from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 405 Vernon St., Roseville. Handmade gifts from jewelry to scarves to pottery will be featured, along with edible gingerbread houses and hand-blown glass vases. Special features include a $5 Kids Corner to keep the children occupied while the adults shop, and the Java Jungle Cafe.


March of Dimes.

The 10th annual Best of Sacramento party will be from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Amy Lewis and Ed Crane, KFBK Newstalk, will be emcees, with Stefanie Cruz and Paul Robins from Fox40 as co-chairs. In addition to food sampling from 14 restaurants, the Best of includes headline entertainment, table games, martini bar, wine and beer, and dancing with five bands performing on two stages. Tickets are $100 in advance, $125 on party day. Call the March of Dimes at (916) 922-1913 or visit


CELI Inc. and Brighter Days Community Services.

The Rise! gala and fundraiser will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 9241 Laguna Springs Drive, Elk Grove. The fundraiser will include dinner, raffle, door prizes, music, poetry and personal stories, plus talks by prominent women. Kathleen Okoye, Brighter Days executive director, said: “Spotlighting successful women in the community and joining forces helps both our organizations to make an even greater impact on our community. The combined effort will help support the participants and programs of both CELI Inc. and Brighter Days.”

Tickets are $40; call (916) 496-7764 or (916) 687-8055. CELI Inc., working in partnership with Brighter Days, is dedicated to addressing the diverse needs of women, men and families through its competitive advantage program, a goal-oriented mentor program, career and educational support that continues through self-sufficiency, job-readiness classes and an annual conference. Both organizations provide workshops on such topics as financial management, dealing with stress, time management, interaction styles and more. Visit


Sacramento Senator Lions Club.

The DandeLion arts and crafts fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sacramento Elks Lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd. The multivendor arts and crafts event will benefit numerous community projects including Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Society for the Blind and more. Free parking and admission. Visit


River City Quilters Guild.

“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” themes the annual quilt show Friday through Sunday at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H St. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. opening day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per day (children 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult). Traditional, contemporary and art quilts along with wearable art by textile artists will be featured. Attendees will be invited to cast votes for the Viewer’s Choice Harriett Merriam Award. Kitty Oliver, an award winning quilter and professional judge, will be the featured artist. Parking is free; lunch by Alhambra Cafe will be on sale.

Proceeds will support guild activties including promoting quilting and the use of textiles. The guild gives back to the community by providing hundreds of quilts for pediatric patients in area hospitals, flannel “lovies” for Sacramento County Sheriff Chaplaincy, drawstring travel bags for children at Children’s Receiving Home, providing a scholarship at CSUS for an aspiring quilter and participating in other charitable quilt auctions. Visit

• •  The fifth annual HolliFaire boutique will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Cameron Park Airpark, 3239 Baron Court (look for direction signs). A special feature will be information by Donate Life, an organization focusing on the importance of organ donation. Proceeds will benefit educational opportunities for women, including scholarships for El Dorado County women over 30 attending Folsom Lake College. The international group (PEO stands for philanthropic educational organization) was founded in 1869.


National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

Sacramento’s Women of Excellence awards luncheon will be at noon Nov. 23 at the DoubleTree Inn. Featured speaker will be Joy Ann Reed, political columnist and radio/television host. Tickets, in advance only, are $125 VIP, $80 general. Visit During the past 12 years, the coalition has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships, partnering with Ronald McDonald Hosue charities scholarship program.


Elks Lodge 6

. The crafts fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd. Featured will be one of a kind gifts, door prizes, crafters and artists. The national project for the Elks is helping disabled children. Locally, scholarships are presented to deserving high school and junior high students. The lodge also conducts local athletic programs such and the Hoop Shot, fundraisers for veterans, patriotic projects and programs. Call (916) 691-3059.