March comes roaring in with a full schedule of Rainbow Chamber events, beginning with Drag Queen Bingo benefiting West Sacramento Historical Society on Thursday, March 2, at Mango’s, with some extra special prizes!
Congratulations to our Chamber corporate sponsor, Outword Media Marketing Events, on presenting the 5th Annual LGBT Wedding Expo Saturday, March 5, noon to 4 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Since the first expo in 2013, just a month after the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning California’s Prop 8, the Wedding Expo has been an annual celebration of love and equality for the Sacramento community, featuring free food and wine tastings, music and an LGBT bridal fashion show. Please join us if you can! If you’re a Chamber member, please consider volunteering to work a shift in our Chamber booth, where you can display your business materials and meet and greet potential clients or customers. Contact me at 916-801-8787 or email me at email@example.com if you’re interested in being part of this exciting community event.
We have two multi-chamber events coming up in March–a Chamber Orientation & Lunch March 9 at Dante Club and How to Do Business with SMUD and RT on March 15 at University of the Pacific Sacramento campus. These events are presented as part of an exciting new partnership between Rainbow Chamber and the Sacramento Black and Hispanic Chambers and City of Sacramento Economic Development. Don’t miss these opportunities to broaden your network of potential customers and colleagues!
Chamber member Badlands will host our March Madness Mixer, 6 to 8 p.m. on the 21st!
The 2nd Annual RainbowPAC Crab Feed Feb. 25 at Dante Club was a roaring success, raising a record sum to support LGBT- and business-friendly candidates and legislation. Check out event photos here and in our Facebook album! Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed!
We can’t wait to see you at an upcoming Chamber event!
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has released the first ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs. NGLCC’s groundbreaking “America’s LGBT Economy” report suggests LGBT Businesses add $1.7 Trillion to US economy and create tens of thousands of jobs nationwide! Explore the impact of certified LGBTBEs on our economy by reading the report in the below link.
America’s LGBT Economy
Chamber President Richard Hernandez: Potential Loss of Legal Protections Would Harm LGBT Families, Business Owners & Economy
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez has released the following statement on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors in regard to the 2016 Presidential election:
“The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce fully supports the U.S. electoral process and holds the will of U.S. voters in the highest regard. (more…)
Photo Credit: Monica Neumann Lunardi photo artist
The Rainbow Chamber Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, recently awarded scholarships to 10 LGBT and LGBT-supportive students from the Sacramento region or attending local educational institutions.
2016 scholarship recipients, their schools and fields of study are:
- Jill Hagey, University of California, Davis, Animal Biology
- Andrew Henkin, California State University, Sacramento, Social Work
- Victoria Tan, University of the Pacific, Music
- Kimberly Angulo, UC Davis School of Law
- Kevin Roux, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, Juris Doctor
- Jonathan Taylor, Drexel University, Criminal Law
- Brett Wenck, American River College, Hospitality Management
- Casey Jordan, American River College, American Sign/Deaf Studies
- Michael Dransfield, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Digital Arts
- Monica Vasquez, Makeup Designory, Cosmetology
The scholarship presentations were made at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner Sept. 15 at Dante Club. “We are so proud of our 2016 scholars and grateful for the community support that allowed us to award a record number of scholarships,” said Rainbow Chamber Foundation Chair Diana DePaola. “These young people represent the future of our community, and we are honored to support them on the path to many future achievements.”
Since its founding in 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation has awarded scholarships to 42 LGBT, questioning or allied students. In its first funding year, 2009, the organization awarded only two scholarships; in 2015, with the addition of a SMUD STEM program scholarship and a named scholarship funded by private donors, the Foundation awarded scholarships to seven deserving students. In addition to its scholarship program, the Foundation supports other local organizations that provide assistance to LGBTQI youth, including the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the Gender Health Center.
For more information about the Rainbow Chamber Foundation or to access the online scholarship application, visit https://www.rainbowchamber.com/about-the-foundation/.