The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 16th year at its annual scholarship and awards gala, “Boas & Bow Ties,” on Thursday, September 20, at Hilton Sacramento Arden West in Sacramento. The sold-out event drew more than 300 guests and honorees.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of working with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and our Rainbow Chamber Foundation is having the opportunity to invest in deserving LGBT and allied students,” said Chamber President Diana DePaola. “Every year we hear from students how much this unrestricted funding means to them. They are our inspiration and our hope for the future of our community.”
In addition to the scholarship awards, the Chamber presented its 2018 Business Leader of the Yearaward to Paul Villaluz Weubbe of Laughton Properties Inc. and Billy’s Farm. Also honored were nomineesTina Reynolds of Uptown Studios and Janet Smith of Lucky Buddy Petcare. The Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the Chamber and demonstrated leadership in the LGBT and business communities.
Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Hansen installed the Chamber’s 2018-19 Board of Directors, with Reynolds serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. Live entertainment included performances by jazz singer Megan Ugarte of Sac State and drag personalities Taryn Thru-U, DoMe Moore and Precious Cargo. Charity auctioneer Steve Godfryd of Pacific Auction Company will preside over live and silent auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation’s scholarship fund.
The evening’s entertainment included performances by members of Sacramento’s Imperial Court: Taryn Thru U (Johnathan Cameron), Precious Cargo (Jake Bradley-Rowe), and Do Me Moore (Paul Crouch). Singer Joe Engle performed our National Anthem; and Megan Ugarte, vocals; Alex Agius, piano; Alex Reiff, bass; and Sean Nelson on drums, all of Sac State, performed for guests at our VIP Sponsor Reception. Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Hansen installed our 2018-2019 Board of Directors, and Mistress of Ceremonies Tina Reynolds kept the whole evening rolling smoothly.
Congratulations to 2018 Gala Chair R. Paul Villaluz Weubbe and his event committee on a job well done.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our generous sponsors, including the following Gold, Silver and Bronze level sponsors: Outword Magazine, Wells Fargo Bank, SMUD, Lasher Auto Group, Sacramento Kings, California Army National Guard, Golden Pacific Bank, RCP, One Community Health, Stephanie Slagel State Farm, and Capitol Archive and Print Holdings.
Following the dinner and program, guests migrated to the Boas & Bow Ties Afterparty at Faces Nightclub in Midtown Sacramento.
Thank you to all who helped make Boas & Bow Ties 2018 an evening to remember.
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals across the Sacramento Valley, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the organization, visit RainbowChamber.com.
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Fred Palmer, business owner and publisher of the twice-monthly LGBT publication Outword Magazine Inc., as Chamber Interim Executive Director. The new staff position follows a two-year board initiative to plan and budget for permanent, full-time executive staffing for the fast-growing regional Chamber.
“This is an exciting step we have been working toward for some time, as our membership and our footprint in the community have expanded,” said Rainbow Chamber President Diana DePaola. “This new staff position will allow us to better manage our growing schedule of networking events, workshops and community advocacy activities.
“As a founding member of the Chamber, Fred Palmer is someone who is both committed to the well-being of the organization and uniquely tuned-in to the Sacramento LGBT and business communities. We are fortunate to have him on-board.”
“The Rainbow Chamber is a growing, thriving business organization that offers members a connection to a diverse, entrepreneurial market and, through our many Chamber alliances and community partnerships, to the Greater Sacramento business community,” Palmer said. “I am so proud of all the Chamber has accomplished in its 16 years and honored to have the opportunity to serve the organization at this historic turning point.”
Palmer is the founder and publisher of Outword Media Marketing and Events Inc. Now in its 23rd year,Outword Magazine is an award-winning LGBT newsmagazine, published on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, providing news and entertainment for the LGBT community, as well as image consulting, logo design, fundraising, and alternative distribution channels to its clients.
Palmer is one of the original founding members of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and the Rainbow Chamber Foundation and has served several terms as president on each board. He has worked with numerous community organizations in the Greater Sacramento region and the Bay Area producing special events and fundraisers, including Sacramento Pride, PFLAG, Davis Pride, SIGLFF (now BENT) and Q Prom, helping to raise awareness for LGBT issues and to bring in necessary funding. Following the overturning of California’s Proposition 8 and the re-legalization of same-sex marriage in California, Palmer founded the Sacramento LGBT Wedding Expo, now in its seventh year, offering local businesses the opportunity to tap into the LGBT wedding industry. Fred and his team at Outword Magazine also founded and ran for many years monthly Sacramento Drag Queen Bingo games, which to date, have raised and donated more than $200,000 to local charities. Scheduled on the first Thursday of every month, the event, which is now operated by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber, benefits a different local nonprofit organization each month.
Palmer’s past corporate experience includes several years at ICG Communications as VP of Marketing and several years in Regional Marketing for MCI Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications, with an emphasis in Marketing and Business Management from San Francisco State University.
DePaola said Palmer’s appointment as part-time Interim Executive Director is planned as a first step toward making the position full-time and developing additional staff support positions.
Rainbow Chamber will celebrate its 16th anniversary at its annual Boas & Bowties Scholarship & Awards Gala on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Benefiting the Rainbow Chamber Foundation’s scholarship program for LGBTQ and alllied youth, the festive evening will feature Tina Reynolds of Uptown Studios as Mistress of Ceremonies, live entertainment, installation of the 2018-19 board of directors by Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Hansen, and the presentation of the 2018 Business Leader of the Year Award. Visit the Boas & Bowties page for more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets.
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals across the Sacramento Valley, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez, on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, expressed gratitude that California voters supported Proposition 55 endorsed by the Chamber’s non-partisan political action committee, RainbowPAC, and Chamber members.
“RainbowPAC and Chamber members endorsed California Proposition 55 because it reflected our members’ view that the economic prosperity of our state depends on adequate funding for schools and hospitals and a robust social-service safety net,” Hernandez said. “We are gratified that California voters supported our choice.
“We also extend our congratulations to our successful local candidate endorsees: State Senate District 3 incumbent Cathleen Galgiani; Assembly District 7 incumbent Kevin McCarty; Assembly District 8 incumbent Ken Cooley; Rancho Cordova City Council incumbent Donald Terry; SMUD Director Ward 1 candidate Brandon Rose; Roseville City School District incumbent Gary Miller; Washington Unified School District (West Sacramento) incumbent Cody Pizzotti and candidate Jackie Wong; and Solano Community College District Trustee Area 5 Quinten Voyce.
“In addition to these successful candidates, Chamber and RainbowPAC members endorsed Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento City Councilmembers Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra, Larry Carr and Allen Warren in the primary election,” Hernandez said.
“We look forward to working with these newly elected and veteran leaders on creating an economically prosperous, diverse and inclusive community.”
More Picks: Hansen, Carr for City Council, Howell for County Supervisor
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for Sacramento Mayor. The endorsement was made by a vote of Chamber members in attendance at the organization’s endorsement event April 21.
“Darrell Steinberg has supported LGBT equality and inclusion since the earliest days of his political career when he served on the Sacramento City Council. He’s marched in every LGBT Pride Parade; he’s participated in Rainbow Chamber events; and he’s demonstrated leadership in combatting hate crimes and hate speech against any minority,” said Chamber President Paul Weubbe. “But just as importantly, our members believe Darrell possesses the experience, the leadership abilities and the wisdom that are crucial to ushering Sacramento into a new era of prosperity and economic growth.”
“Rainbow Chamber and RainbowPAC are organizations that connect the progressive values of diversity, inclusion and equality with support for small business and economic development,” Steinberg said. “I am honored to receive this endorsement and proud of the confidence Rainbow Chamber members have demonstrated in me to lead our city as Mayor.”
RainbowPAC also endorsed Brian Caples, one of two Democrat running for the District 6 Assembly seat previously held by Republican Beth Gaines, who will be termed out in December. Caples is pitted against two far-right conservative frontrunners, business owner Bill Halldin of Rocklin and Andy Pugno, lead counsel for anti-LGBT organization ProtectMarriage.com and co-author of Proposition 8. Halldin, who is heavily endorsed, leads in fundraising. Pugno and Gaines faced off in the 2012 race for the seat, when Gaines took almost 70% of the vote in the general election. A total of 11 candidates are running in the geographically sprawling district, which includes large swaths of east Sacramento and Placer counties.
Others who received RainbowPAC endorsement are former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada for Senate District 3; incumbent Cathleen Galgiani for Senate District 5; Folsom City Councilmember Kerri Howell for Sacramento County Supervisor District 4; Don Saylor for State Assembly District 4; Brian Caples for Assembly District 6; incumbent Kevin McCarty, who is running unopposed for Assembly District 7; and incumbent Ken Cooley for Assembly District 8. The group also endorsed incumbents Allen Wayne Warren, Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Larry Carr for Sacramento City Council; Gary Miller for Roseville School District Board; and Walter Garcia Kawamoto for Twin Rivers School District.
RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, was established in 2012. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.
Sacramento Rainbow PAC Endorses Hansen, Kerth for City Council
Cooley, Johnson, Pannell Among Those Endorsed by Non-Partisan Business PAC
April 3, SACRAMENTO—A political action committee launched recently by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has endorsed candidates in two hotly contested Sacramento City Council races: Genentech executive and openly gay community activist Steve Hansen for Council District 4, and former City Council member and current SMUD Board of Director Rob Kerth for Council District 2. “I look forward to working very closely with [the] Rainbow Chamber as we expand business opportunities for everyone throughout Sacramento,” Kerth said.
“The Rainbow Chamber works tirelessly to foster a healthy economy in Sacramento, and I’m proud to have their support as we redouble our efforts to get Sacramento back in the black,” Hansen said. If elected, Hansen would be the first openly gay member of the Sacramento City Council.
Launched in February 2012, the Chamber’s Rainbow PAC supports candidates and issues that foster equality, inclusion and a prosperous business environment. Rainbow PAC Chair Dr. Darrick Lawson said the PAC fills a need for a non-partisan, business-positive PAC committed to LGBT equality and other issues of fairness and inclusion. “The Rainbow PAC will allow LGBT people of all political persuasions to have a voice in the political process,” Lawson said, “as well as support candidates and policies that promote business growth and job creation.”
At its first endorsement meeting, Rainbow PAC endorsed candidates in a number of other local-regional races, including incumbent Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who recently pledged his support of same-sex marriage by joining the national initiative “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.” Other endorsements include Dr. Richard Pan for State Assembly District 9, who recently introduced AB 1505 to help California LGBT veterans; Rancho Cordova City Councilmember Ken Cooley for State Assembly District 8; incumbent Assemblymember Roger Dickinson for State Assembly District 7, who introduced AB 1960 to help California LGBT small business be counted within state contracting reports; and Sacramento City Council incumbents Kevin McCarty for Council District 7 and Bonnie Pannell for Council District 8, who are not known to be aligned with Mayor Johnson on issues like city redistricting, the new downtown entertainment sports complex, and most recently the city’s sewer-water plan and infrastructure.
Other Rainbow PAC endorsements include Rep. Doris Matsui for Congressional District 6 and Jack Uppal for Congressional District 4; Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidates Jeff Kravitz for District 3 and Gary N. Blenner for District 4.; business owner Greg Higley for Elk Grove Mayor; and Twin Rivers Unified School District Trustee candidates Walter Garcia Kawamoto, Ph.D., Cortez Quinn, and Annette Emery.
Established in 2012, the RainbowPAC supports candidates for public office and ballot initiatives that will have an impact on the Sacramento area’s LGBT community and its many businesses and enhance the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce members’ awareness of political and social issues, visit www.rainbowpac.org. ###