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Gloria Glyer: Sacramento-area fundraisers

Kingsley Art Club. Six art students and their professors will be honored at the annual Merit Award Luncheon beginning at 1 p.m. May 20 at the Casa Garden Restaurant.

Honorees will be Erica Campbell, American River College; Lauren Daulton, Cosumnes River College; Chase Bisson, Folsom Lake College; Chris Azevedo, Sacramento City College; Gabriel Gonzales, Sierra College, and Inoa Spyres, Yuba College. Participating faculty members were Mick Sheldon, ARC; Jeff Kimbler, CRC; Margaret Welty, Folsom Lake College; Mark Boguski, SCC; Brenna Chapman, Sierra College; and Glenn Husted, Yuba College.

Keynote speaker will be Donna Natsoulas, who has been a buyer for the Crocker Art Museum store. A trained artist, Natsoulas is an art collector and selects, markets and promotes artwork by local and national artists and craftspeople. Visit

Women’s Empowerment. The 14th annual Celebration of Independence will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 14 at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane. The event will honor graduates of WE, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The program will include a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates. Tickets are $100; for availability call (916) 669-2307 or visit According to Women’s Empowerment, 1,201 homeless women and their 2,600 children graduated in 2014. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Light of Hope themes the special event on the calendar from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 28 at Beatnik Studios, 723 S St. Program specialties will include an art auction with pieces created and donated by CASA youth and other children. Additional features: Auction, children’s dance performance, wine tasting and hors d’oevres served at festive food stations. Benush Venugopal, a CASA board member and principal at Deloitte Consulting, had this to say about Light of Hope: “As an organization deeply committed to the Sacramento community, Deloitte is proud to support the eighth annual Light of Hope benefit and the dedicated CASA volunteers who advocate for children in the foster care system. It is a privilege as a principal at Deloitte and a board member of CASA for us to share our skills and experience with those who are making such a positive and dramatic impact on the lives of children.” General admission is $50; $25 state, county and nonprofit rate. For more info, visit margaret@sacramentocasa,.org; or call (916) 875-6606. The goal of CASA is to remember the plight of abused, abandoned and neglected children.

My Sister’s House. The 14th anniversary gala, themed Stronger, will be May 18 at the Crest Theatre. Showtime will include the College Fund Street Band with a special performance by Assemblyman Jim Cooper. Emcee once again will be Christopher Cabaldon, mayor of West Sacramento. Among other performers will be Rosemary Younts, Dignity Health, Chris Worden, Sacramento Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Ablog, Kaiser Permanente; and Mona Pasquil, appointment secretary for Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. Honorees will include Jan Scully, former Sacramento County district attorney, and Putu Blanco, Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company. Groups on the performance list will include the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble “Boy Howdy,” the High Voltage Tour Group of El Dorado Hills Musical Theater; and Core Contemporary Dance. The musical and dance showcase will raise funds in support of women and children impacted by domestic violence. Tickets for the VIP reception and performance are available in advance at $100. General admission tickets are $50. Visit my Sister’s Cafe or call (916) 930-0626.

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. The sixth annual Gardens of the Hills tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16-17. Seven gardens will be included on the tour, including a 9,000-square-foot Tuscan estate on two lots with olive and Algerian oak trees overlooking the Serrano golf course. Also open will be the formal European gardens at a Tudor Normandy residence. Skinner Winery of Somerset will pour sips and We Olive of Folsom will offer samples. The AL signature silent auction/raffle will feature a wheelbarrow-full of garden accoutrements, a seven-day stay on the island of Kauai and more. Tickets are $25 adults, $10 for children 10 and under. Visit

River City Food Bank. The Hunger Heroes award breakfast will be at 9 a.m. May 15 at the River City Food Bank, 1800 28th St. This year’s honorees are Capital Public Radio, corporation; and Dr. Zoey Goore, Kaiser Permanente pediatrician, individual. Elected officials receiving awards will be state Sen. Richard Pan for his commitment to child nutrition and health on the Senate floor and in the community; and Steve Hanson, Sacramento City Council member, for his hands-on commitment to emergency food programs, the Hunger Coalition and the CROP Walk. Said Eileen Thomas, food bank executive director, “The awards presented this year are on behalf of all the other committed volunteers who donate their time and money to serve the food insecure. We need a groundswell of community support to end this crisis. And with strong leadership and a growing number of people getting involved, I’m confident we can make significant progress toward ending hunger in Sacramento.” Visit

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.