Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The “Hole” Lotta Love charity golf tournament will be Oct. 10 at Teal Bend Golf Club, 7200 Garden Highway. Registration, range balls and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a putting contest at 12:30 p.m. and shotgun start at 1 p.m. The tournament will conclude with the awards dinner/auction/raffle at 6 p.m. Surprise course activities are planned for golfers and non-golfers. In addition, each golfer will be able to vote for a favorite hole sponsor.

To sign up or for sponsorship information, contact Tom Cicchini at (916) 858-1638 or visit The tournament will support CASA to provide more trained volunteer advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect in Sacramento County.

Karla J. Williams Foundation. “Sax on the River” themes the fifth annual fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 on the Garden Highway at the residence of Barbara Walker and Chuck Kelley. In the music spotlight will be saxophonists Elan Trotman and Lebron Dennis, Cecil Ramirez & the Cecil Ramirez Group, and vocalist Cynthia Douglas. Contemporary jazz will highlight the entertainment. Concert seating tickets are $50; VIP tickets at $75 per person or $700 for a table for 10 include preferred seating, meal, wine glass, and meet-and-greet with the artists. Visit

The Karla J. Williams Foundation aims to better the life of women cancer patients while they are undergoing treatment by providing nurturing support services. The foundation also exists to increase public awareness about the prevention, detection and treatment of women’s cancers. The mission includes connecting patients in Northern California to resources and available clinical trials.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Sunburst Projects. The third annual Red Dress Party will be Saturday at Badlands nightclub, with a VIP pre-party at 8 p.m. and open to everyone at 9:30 p.m. Host will be Nadya Ginsburg, billed as Cher, the Woman of a Thousand Voices. In the musical spotlight will be Neon Hitch, international pop, and Andrew Gibbons of San Francisco, international DJ.

Said David Heitstuman, interim executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, “In the past two years, this event has contributed more than $35.000 to local organizations. We are very excited, going into our third year, to be able to again support the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Sunburst Projects with an event that people love to attend.”

About the theme, Heitstuman noted: “The color red, found on the red ribbon on lapels around the world, serves as a global symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness. While this is not a drag event, the required wearing of a red dress by all guests regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation serves as a powerful symbol of solidarity with those living with HIV/AIDS and as a reminder that is it everyone’s responsibility to help end the epidemic.”

Advance tickets are $40 general, $75 for VIP. Party night tickets are $75 general, $90 VIP. Visit

Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Bold Expressions, the annual international open juried art exhibit, will be on display Tuesday through Oct. 25 at the center, 5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. The closing reception and awards presentation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the closing day. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call (916) 716-5951.

Sacramento Zoo. Sold out! That’s the news from the zoo regarding the 19th annual fundraiser gala slated for Oct. 4. The Wild Affair will include behind-the-scenes tours, dinner by the Fat Family Restaurant, and live and silent auctions hosted by Dave Bender. Funds raised will provide for building and renovating exhibits. At the gala, Brown Construction will be recognized for ongoing support of the zoo. Contact Tonja Candelaria at (916) 808-7446.

United Way. The 13th annual Women in Philanthropy luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Arden Fair Mall Center Court. The event, which will benefit foster youths, will include a fashion show featuring the youth as models, and presentations by local current and former foster youths who have participated in United Way’s financial stability initiative. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members will discuss their work with their project that supports financial literacy sources and matched savings programs for foster youths.

Luncheon tickets range from $75 to $125; visit

The Chevo Foundation. Hawaiian Harvest will be presented for the second year, on Oct. 11 at the Riverwood Estate on the Sacramento River. Luau time begins at 6 p.m. with Chevo supporters receiving a lei upon arrival. Sacramento chefs will prepare bites for the pre-dinner samples and the Hawaiian dinner feast and dessert.

The program will include a live auction, entertainment, music, dancing and sweets. Contact Joe Wilson at (916) 806-8586 or for sponsor and ticket sales.

All proceeds will be used to help raise awareness and resources for Parkinson’s research and education for those directly and indirectly affected by the disease and awareness of those not yet diagnosed.

Casa Garden Restaurant. Upcoming special events for the Casa include the Wine Social luncheon Oct. 7 and the Gala at the Garden on Oct. 24-25 at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road. The social at the Casa, which raises funds for the Sacramento Children’s Home, will be at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7, with Clarksburg Wine Co. pouring samples for hors d’oeuvres before lunch of chicken cordon bleu or dilled shrimp and pasta salad with almond cake framboise for dessert.

Lunch is $24 per person, food selection and prepayment required. For reservations and information about all Casa events, call (916) 452-2809 or visit

UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center. The 10th annual Northern California premium sake fest will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. Featured will be 100 selections of sake, schochu and Japanese beer with food from local restaurants.

Also included will be a sushi chef contest, a drawing, Tauko drummers, silent auction, blind sake tasting and a sashimi tuna-cutting demonstration.

Judy and Harley Inaba and their North American Food Distributing Co. started the fest to promote awareness of pediatric congenital heart abnormalities. Their son was born with transposed arteries and required cardiac surgery early in his life. For the Inabas, the event celebrates his recovery and helps children with similar conditions by donating a portion of the proceeds to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Proceeds help fund an annual picnic for the UC Davis pediatric heart patients and their families.

The fest is $60 in advance, $70 at the door. Send email to, visit or call (916) 373-1111, ext. 120.