Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Party time will include music, a no-host bar with Hoppy Brewing Co. featuring the Arctic Blast cocktail, beer, wine, raffle, silent auction and the crab dinner (chicken and vegetarian options available upon request) with dessert. Appropriate Arctic attire is suggested. CASA Sacramento recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care. CASA provides a nexus between caring support and advocacy within the child welfare system. It costs approximately $1,500 per year to provide a child with an advocate. There are more than 2,500 children in Sacramento who could use a CASA.

Donna Sauter, president, had this to say: “I believe every child who experiences placement in foster care should have a CASA. In our community, we have more than 2,500 children in the court system. In order to expand our program to serve the growing need, we must increase awareness of the program and provide training of new volunteers. As community members, we each have opportunities to contribute to the overall development of our youth. Some of us can participate with a gift of time and energy while others may be able to provide financial support. Fortunately, there also are those who are able to give both.”

An orientation for future CASA volunteers will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8. To RSVP, email Bernadette Behar at bernadette@ or call (916) 875-6460.

UC Davis School of Medicine.

Live and silent auctions will be held, music will be live, and food and wine from local entrepreneurs will be served. Sponsors are SAFE Credit Union and Downtown Grid, an online, central hub for local businesses and cultural resources in the city of Sacramento. Proceeds will be used to support community health clinics operated by UC Davis medical students.

For more than 35 years, the students have volunteered hundreds of hours a year in clinics in Sacramento’s inner city neighborhoods, delivering free, culturally sensitive health-care services for uninsured, low-income and other underserved populations. In addition, the clinics train students in delivering primary care services while simultaneously improving access to care. The programs have been recognized nationally as model partnerships between an academic medical center and the community.

Auction items are being sought. Tickets are $60 general admission, $40 medical residents, $25 medical students. Go to or email habiba.hashimi@

National League of American Pen Women.

Kids Helping Kids.

Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student-run nonprofit that began in Santa Barbara. A branch opened in Sacramento this past year; many students are from Del Campo High School. Show tickets range from $15 to $35 and may be purchased through, or at the Crest or by calling 800-225-2277. A silent auction and raffle are planned.

The initial event last year raised $26,000; this year’s goal is $50,000. The funds raised have been used to provide backpacks for 116 kindergartners at Howe Avenue Elementary School, school supplies and toys, helping Joseph Jones reach his goal of being a student ambassador to Australia and contributing to Love Light and Melody to help build safe houses in Nicaragua. Visit

Northern California Arts Inc.

MLK Celebration.

The Sacramento event was founded by Dr. Dorothy Enomoto and her husband, Jerry Enomoto, and the late Robert T. Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui is an honorary chair. Dorothy Enomoto was a classmate of Martin Luther King. They shared valedictorian honors at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Atlanta. For sponsorship information, contact Michael Alcalay at (916) 925-5080; for tickets, visit mlkcelebration

Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails.

Deadline to submit nominees is Jan. 31. For more information, contact Stacy Springer at (916) 444-5900, ext. 209, or via email at