Heroes of train attack honored in Sacramento hometown parade
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson raised roughly $100,000 to run the parade earlier this month that honored three local men who thwarted a terrorist attack in France, according to his spokesman.
So far, the mayor’s office has filed city reports on four donations for the event: $10,000 from Kevin Nagle, the managing partner of Sacramento Republic FC; $5,000 from Niello Acura; $5,000 from the Buzz Oates development company; and $2,500 from Starbucks.
The city of Sacramento and Sacramento County spent $15,000 apiece, according to Ben Sosenko, the mayor’s spokesman. Sosenko said other donations for the Sacramento Hometown Heroes Parade would be made public once they are processed by the mayor’s office.
The mayor’s office said the cash helped pay for parade floats, police officers and audio-visual equipment for a rally near the west steps of the state Capitol.
A crowd estimated at 10,000 lined Capitol Mall and attended the rally Sept. 11 to honor Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler. The three friends on Aug. 21 subdued a gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.
The contributions show up on the city’s database of behests – donations solicited by elected officials for nonprofit or charitable organizations. They were processed by the Sacramento Public Policy Foundation, an organization set up by Johnson that oversees a wide variety of endeavors, including raising money for the annual State of the City address and the city’s effort to attract a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.
“This month’s Hometown Heroes Parade was an example of the best of Sacramento, celebrating Anthony, Alek and Spencer’s life-saving heroism,” the mayor said in a statement. “We were lucky to have the financial support of the city, county and private donors to put on a celebration Sacramento will always be proud of.”
The parade and rally were a big focus for Johnson, who emceed the event and presented Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler with keys to the city. The day featured a flyover from an Air Force transport jet, a performance of the national anthem by Sacramento musician Jackie Greene and appearances from Republic FC, Sacramento Kings and Sacramento River Cats players.
Volunteers, including staff from Republic FC, helped organize the event.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson raised about $100,000 for the parade honoring three local men who stopped a terrorist attack in France. So far, Johnson has disclosed roughly half of the contributions.
City of Sacramento: $15,000
Sacramento County: $15,000
Kevin Nagle, Republic FC managing partner: $10,000
Niello Acura: $5,000
Buzz Oates development: $5,000