Gloria Glyer

Gloria Glyer: Fundraising events around the Sacramento region

North Natomas Transportation Management Association. The third annual 50 Bikes for 50 Kids event will be Jan. 19, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the National Day of Service. The event’s fundraising efforts are under way to help provide the bikes, locks, helmets and other miscellaneous items. All donations are tax deductible. On bike day, 50 kids will assemble their new bicycles straight from the box, with assistance from teams of community volunteers. The volunteers are prepared by attending a class taught by bicycle mechanics on the basics of bicycle assembly.

The kids, between the ages of 9 to 17, are nominated by their adult mentors, role models, teachers and parents. According to Abbey Harding, project manager, they are chosen by the organization based on content of character and demonstration of trustworthiness, respect, caring, citizenship and responsibility. Harding adds: “This event is so worthwhile for many reasons, but most importantly because it changes the lives of many deserving children. For some, it’s the first bike they have ever received. The first year, a young boy learned to ride a bike for the first time minutes after he built it. It was a very exciting and touching moment for everyone involved.” Call (916) 419-9955 or email

Assistance League of Greater Placer. “A Little Night Music” themes the program planned for Feb. 5 at the Rocklin Event Center; 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin. Performers will be Bob Draga, clarinet; Jason Wanner, piano; Shelley Denny, bass; and Ron Jones, drums. Doors open at 6 p.m. for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar, with the concert and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Complimentary dessert will be served at intermission; the bar with be open no-host style. Tickets are $45 per person ($25 is tax-deductible). Tickets are available at the Thrift Shop, 1263 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, or by calling (916) 543-7853 in Lincoln, (530) 887-8624 in Auburn or (916) 435-9471 in Rocklin/Roseville. Proceeds will benefit the league’s philanthropic programs.

Legal Services of Northern California. The Valentine Run is on the calendar for Feb. 14, appropriately. Preparations for the 14th annual run include soliciting sponsorships from the community. Race for Justice themes the event. Visit Valentine Run on Facebook.

Kiwanis International. The California-Nevada-Hawaii District will have a regional training conference from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at the VFW Hall on Stockton Blvd. The conference focus this year will mark the 100th year for Kiwanis International. The conference will explore ways to promote Kiwanis and services provided as volunteers in the communities. Call (916) 737-2831.

Women in Philanthropy. More than 100 local residents donated 130 stockings and 192 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so 194 local foster youth would have holiday wishes fulfilled. Sixty-four foster youths in Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services received the holiday gifts they requested, and the community filled stockings for 130 foster youth with United Way’s financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project partners: Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Koinonia Family Services and New Morning Youth and Family Services.

The businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders who are Women in Philanthropy members are first responders in repairing the financial stability of local foster youths by raising funds for United Way to provide financial literacy courses and matched savings accounts designed specifically for foster youth. To become a member, visit Environmental Voices Film Night will be Jan. 8 at the Rocklin Branch Library, 4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin. Featured will be the documentary “Look Up.” There is no charge for admission. The contact person is Deborah Whitman at (916) 595-7197.

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.