Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce 15th Year Crystal Gala

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce 15th Year Crystal Gala

Come and enjoy an evening of 1960s nostalgia at our 15th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala, supporting the the Rainbow Chamber Foundation scholarship program.  This annual dinner is our largest event of the year, and will be held Thursday, September 14th, at Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard, beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm. Individual seats and whole tables are available at early bird pricing until July 31st.

Indulge in amazing cuisine by Joy Reinhardt of the Dante Club while being entertained by Master of Ceremonies Rob Stewart of Grammy-winning “Rob On the Road,” KVIE Public Television’s highest-rated locally produced program. Experience an extensive LIVE auction presented by Pacific Auction Company, Steven Godfryd, featuring sports memorabilia, fine art, travel, admission to local attractions and much more!

Installation of the new board members will be performed by Sac State President Robert S. Nelson. The Business Leader of the Year award will be presented by Chamber President Richard Hernandez and 2016 Business Leader of the Year and past-President Michael Sestak.

Disco into the 1970s at our VIP after-party, where you will be swept back to a time when disco balls and Studio 54 were all the rage. Don’t let this evening of excitement and opportunity pass you by!

RSVP for a seat or table

Thank you to our top sponsors!

Emerald Sponsor SMUD

Crystal Sponsor Wells Fargo

Crystal Sponsor Wells Fargo

Last Week for Scholarship Applications!

Need money for college or post-secondary school? Applications are still being accepted for the 2017-2018 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program for LGBTQ & allied youth! Hurry! The application Deadline is days away on June 30th.


Scholarship requirements:

  • Open to LGBT and LGBT-supportive scholars
  • Must reside in or plan to attend university, college or qualified vocational school in Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, or Yuba counties.
  • Must be enrolled in university, college or a qualified vocational school by Fall 2017.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.9 cumulative GPA
  • Must apply by June 30th and be selected by the Scholarship Committee

Rainbow Chamber Foundation VIP Scholarship Dinner

Rainbow Chamber Foundation VIP Scholarship Dinner

Invest in the future of our community! Limited Number of Tickets Available! Rainbow Chamber Foundation VIP Scholarship Dinner is Thursday, May 25, 6-9 pm. This fundraiser will be held at the beautiful new venue at Capital Public Radio. This exclusive event supports scholarships for Sacramento area LGBTQ and allied youth! Tickets $125. Reserve your seat NOW before we sell out!


Rainbow Chamber Awards 10 Scholarships in 2016

Rainbow Chamber Awards 10 Scholarships in 2016

2016 Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Winners and Presenters

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

Get Your Tickets Today! Annual Gala September 15 2016

In just a little over a week, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner–Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 to 9 p.m., at Dante Club–and you don’t want to miss it!

Our keynote speaker, Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, will present his vision for Sacramento’s future, as well as swear in your newly elected Chamber Board of Directors. You will be entertained by the dulcet tones of cabaret singer Gayiel Von, accompanied by Jim Jordan on piano. We will announce the recipient of the 2016 Business Leader of the Year Award, with long-time Chamber member and community statesman Dennis Mangers serving as our emcee. As with all Chamber events, it will be a party to be remembered!

In 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation awarded its first two academic scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students, totaling $2,500. We are proud to announce that on September 15 the Foundation will award a total of 10 scholarships, totaling $10,000, each one of which is an investment in the future of our community. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors and all of you who have attended our annual galas, purchased raffle tickets at our mixers, selected Rainbow Chamber Foundation when you made purchases on Amazon Smile, and bid on auction items over the past nine years–all of you have contributed to the growth and success of our Rainbow Chamber scholarship program; all of you have contributed to the achievements of our deserving scholarship recipients.

This year once again, all proceeds from our live auction, presented by benefit auctioneer Jerry Goldstone, BAS, will support the Rainbow Chamber Foundation and our scholarship program. We can’t wait for the party to start, and we hope to have all of you there with us as we work to make the Sacramento business and LGBTQ communities better for all of us!

Rainbow Chamber Foundation Awards Four $1,000 Scholarships

The Rainbow Chamber Foundation has awarded four $1,000 academic scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. Scholarship recipients for 2013-14 are: Sean Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in Organic Chemistry at UC Davis; Melissa L. McTernan, a third-year graduate student in Quantitative Psychology at UC Davis; Trish Wallace, a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University; and Andrew Henkin, a Sacramento City College student who plans to finish his undergraduate degree at Sacramento State University.

            For more information about the 2013-14 Rainbow Foundation scholars, click here.

            Our Chamber is proud to continue providing resources for those in our community who are continuing their education,” said Chamber President Michael Sestak.

            “These four people represent our future,” said Chamber Vice President and Scholarship Chair Joey O’Shea. “They are going to be the ones out there in leadership roles, showing people how to be good role models.”

            Established by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide scholarships, support youth services and encourage philanthropic giving, the Foundation has awarded a total of 22 scholarships over the past six years. Scholars are selected by a committee of community leaders based on applicants’ academic achievements, community service and support for LGBT equality.

            Since 2008 the Foundation has contributed more than $50,000 academic scholarships and organizations such as the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, national suicide prevention program Trevor Project, GSA Network, Transgender Law Center, Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF), Rainbow Village LGBT elder housing project, and Equality California Institute.

            For more information about the Rainbow Foundation Scholarship program, visit