November 2023 Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving from SASF

During this Thanksgiving season, we are reflecting on how grateful we are to the SASF community--the staff, volunteers, partners, donors, supporters, friends, family, and all who have walked through the doors of SASF. Together we are creating more connections and building community. We thank you for your partnership and your support!

We hope you have a happy holiday with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Save the Date: SASF Crab Feed is on Saturday, February 24, 2024

We are excited to announce the SASF Crab Feed is coming soon! Please save the date for Saturday, February 24, 2024. More details to be announced. Thank you for your interest and for your support!

2024 SASF Golf Tournament Registration Opens December 1

Monday, May 20, 2024
SASF Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Valley Hi Country Club

Registration opens on December 1, 2023 for the 2024 SASF Golf Tournament! We will announce on December 1st via email and social media when the registration website goes live, as well as more details for the tournament. Please stay tuned for more!

December Update: 2024 Golf Tournament registration is now open.

SPARK Teen Mental Health & Resiliency Program Screens Stories of Hope

On October 7, 2023, SASF hosted the showing of the award-winning film “Stories of Hope,” produced by ZCARES. Suicide Prevention Awareness Reflection Knowledge (SPARK) began in 2019 and host events each year and provides mentoring and training to teens.

The film, about four inspiring young adults, traces their struggles with mental health. While each story is unique, they all share a common power: talking about their struggles puts them on the path to hope and recovery.

The event was well attended by students and family members from the Sacramento and Elk Grove Unified School Districts. The audience provided very positive feedback about the film and actively participated in the post-discussions to share their thoughts, struggles, and questions related to mental health. The post-film discussion was highly impactful and significantly contributed to destigmatizing the negative perception of mental health. These discussions were led by Steve Nimmo, founder of ZCARES, Dr. Rona Hu, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Ally Cooper and Caty Hung, both with ZCares, Margaret Ching with ZCares and SPARK, and Riley Domine, a senior at West Campus and member of SPARK.

SASF is continuously seeking ways to help our community support teen mental health and resilience. Let's all take the first step by initiating conversations about mental health issues.

Successful TCD Talent Show

Thank you to to the artists, volunteers, student board, advisors, and supporters!

On August 19, 2023, Teens Create Dreams (TCD) held a successful talent show featuring the talent of 15 competitors and four additional special performances. The competitors ranged from ages 5 to 17. The acts included singing, rapping, different types of dance, taekwondo, and playing musical instruments.

Zaiyu Chen took the $1,000 first place prize for her unique piano performance, Anjali Sharma took the $500 second place prize for her dance to "A Million Dreams", Mhiko Tagatac took the $250 third place prize for singing "When I was Your Man", and the Mighty Monkeys took the $250 Janna Shimizu Award for their Kung Fu Panda inspired taekwondo demonstration.

TCD raised over $1,000 for the Sacramento Homeless Union with the profits from their show. The show this past summer also had a dinner buffet option for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Cattlemen’s catered dinner with salmon and steak as the main entree. Along with a dinner, the board ran a bake sale booth, a raffle, and last man standing to help raise funds for the nonprofit.

The TCD board was comprised of 21 hard working high schoolers, with Alyssa Nakagawa, Levi Bodner, and Kameron Wong serving as the co-presidents. Felix Wada and Julie Ota continue to serve as incredible advisors for this organization.

The Creative Space Holiday Food & Craft Fairs

The Creative Space is hosting TWO Holiday Food & Craft Fairs: eat, shop, and be merry at SASF on Saturday, November 18th and Saturday, December 16th!

The Holidays are finally here and you know what that means. 'Tis the season to shop for your loved ones (for yourself too) and spread some holiday cheer!

The Creative Space is hosting part 1 & 2 of their 3rd annual Holiday Food and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18th and Saturday, December 16th right here at SASF! You’ll have two chances to shop over 100 food and craft vendors are visiting from all over Northern California and each event will have different vendors!

The Holiday Food and Craft Fair is a family friendly event and is meant to enjoy with multi-generations! There will be many holiday items: Hawaiian, Asian, Anime, Sanrio, Disney themed crafts made by local makers, accessories, handmade jewelry, intricate art pieces, apparel, pastries by your favorite local bakers, great food trucks from different cultures, a live DJ and so much more!

Be sure to stop by the Holiday Food and Craft Fair and start checking off everyone from your list!


We are extremely grateful to the many individuals, families and businesses who continue to support and donate to the SASF throughout the year. Thank you for the following donations received this past month:

  • Anson Wong in memory of Beverly Yung
  • Gordon & Donna Kunisaki in memory of Norma On
  • Gary & Janet Miura
  • Jeff & Teresa Harada in memory of Norma On
  • Karen Cotton in memory of Benny Fong
  • Louise Chiu in memory of Norma On

SASF relies on the generous donations from community members to fund the day-to-day operations of the facility, and the support for sports and youth programs.

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