Gloria Glyer

Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

Francis House Center. Feast IN the Streets will be from 5 to 9 p.m. May 9 at 15th and C streets. The 24th annual feast will celebrate the 45th year of the center’s serving families and individuals who are in need. The communal feast will feature tasting from what are described as the “hottest” food trucks and restaurants. Liquid refreshments of wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The Vintage Vandals rockabilly band will perform. In addition, a belly dance fusion set will be presented by the Nusku Tribe and a fire performance with Up in Smoke will conclude the event. According to Francis House, its mission is to provide relief, resources and hope to families and individuals to help transform their lives from a struggle for survival to a plan for success. The goal is to raise $75,000.

UCP (United Cerebral Palsy). The humanitarian of the year award dinner will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 5 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Garry Maidel, president and CEO of Western Health Advantage, will be in the award spotlight. Among highlights will be an auction, with 10 tickets to a San Francisco Giants baseball game.

Auction committee members submitted a list to show how funds couild be used. For instance, a $100 donation would give a family with a child in need a respite. A UCP team member goes to the home enabling the caregiver the opportunity to be refreshed, reducing their stress and keeping the family intact. A $2,500 donation gives adults as much independence as possible teaching self-help skills such as healthful grocery shopping, cooking, money management, using public transportation and building a neighborhood network. Call (916) 565-7700.

Mercey Springs Foundation. The 22nd annual Taste of Fair Oaks will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 5 at the North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. More than 55 restaurants, wineries and microbreweries will provide the sips and samples. The event will include a golf putting contest with a $5,000 prize, live music, raffle, silent and live auctions and classic car display.

Tickets are $40 (must be 21 to attend). For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce at (916) 967-2903.

Los Ninos Service League. The inaugural Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (final seating at 1 p.m) May 10 at the Casa 2760 Sutterville Road. Presented in traditional buffet style, the brunch will be $25 per person (coffee/tea included). Mimosas will be available at $3 each (other beverages also will be on sale). Reservations may be made at (916) 452-2809.

The Casa provides support for the Sacramento Children’s Home, where it is located facing Sutterville Road. Lunch is served daily featuring a weekly menu; this week the entree is turkey enchiladas with spring mix salad or salad Nicoise with mocha puffs for dessert. Beginning Monday, the menu will be chicken with apricot wild rice or salad Nicoise; raspberry walnut torte is for dessert.

Loomis Community Preschool. A community dinner featuring the bounty of Placer County is on the calendar for May 2 at Casque Winery, 920 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis. Gourmet Garage will present the food, Casque Winery and local breweries will pour sips. Performing will be the 4 on 6 Instrumental jazz band. A silent auction will feature local artists and businesses. Funds raised will benefit the preschool, which has been in service for 40 years. Scholarships as well as supplies for curriculum development will benefit. Tickets are $50; visit or call (916) 652-7842.

Greyhound Play Day. The family-style event focusing on greyhounds will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at C-Bar-C Ranch, 8275 Oak Ave., Citrus Heights. The varied program will include simple games for the greyhounds and their owners, including find your twin, egg and spoon and bobbing for hot dogs. An all-American lunch, including vegetarian choices, will be available for the humans with biscuits for the dogs. The event will include shopping for the greyhounds as well as the humans. Visit

Blood Cancer Research. Sunday on the Green will be April 26 at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. The two-part event will feature a shotgun golf tournament, including breakfast, golf and course competitions. An afternoon lawn party will follow at James Blake Wines in the Arden Park area. Included will be food, wine tasting, live music and silent auction.

Golf is $150 per person and includes two passes to the afternoon party. For party only, tickets are $40 per person. Visit Sunday on the Green for sponsorships and/or tickets. Proceeds will help fund blood cancer research projects of Dr. Joseph Tuscano, a local oncologist at UC Davis Medical Center. He is known for his studies on non-Hodgkin’s lykmphoma.

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.