Happy Winter Holidays to you and yours!
From your friends and family at SASF, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year.
We are grateful this year for the support of our staff, generous donors, volunteers, community partners, participants in all of our programs, sponsors, and everyone who came through our doors (both in person and virtually for events and much more). We thank you all!
SPARK's Parent-Child Communication Event is a success!
"We are professors, some of us are parents, and none of us are actors" and with that Dr. Rona Hu opened the October 29 SPARK Event at SASF. Dr. Hu created CHIPAO (Communication Health Interactive for Parents of Adolescents and Others) in response to a cluster of teen suicides in Palo Alto that occurred pre-covid. Dr. Hu and her colleagues at Stanford University and UC Davis Medical School performed live before 100 appreciative parents and adults. Vignettes portraying everyday communication challenges between parents and their children gripped the audience, leading to heartfelt and poignant discussions. Dr. Hu was highly complimentary of all aspects of the event, calling it "Amazing" and the most diverse audience so far. SASF directors in attendance hailed the event. Parents, mostly from Elk Grove Unified School District, found the roleplaying on-point and the advice illuminating. Others said the event exceeded their expectations in many ways. A scrumptious lunch catered by Mikuni's and raffle prizes rounded out the event.
SASF's SPARK program began in 2019 in response to the rapid rise of teen anxiety, depression and suicide across the nation and in our own community. Since then, four events have addressed teen mental wellness and resiliency beginning with two online events, the film Angst (2020), Kaiser Permanente's "Ghosted" Educational live film and Theatre (2021); and two in-person events, One Degree of Separation (April 2022) and Parent-Child Communication (October 2022). Sutter Health is a major sponsor. Kaiser hosted their event.
SPARK's Steering Committee - Noel and Lori Domine, and their children Riley and Alyssa; Kyle Chan, Margaret Ching, Denise Murata and Chair Eric Wong (SASF Vice President) - are excitedly planning for 2023 so stay tuned!
Shout out to SASF's Pickleball Volunteer Coordinators!
We want to thank all of SASF's Pickleball Volunteer Coordinators for their time, efforts and dedication to help make SASF's Pickleball League a fun, welcoming, friendly and competitive experience for all players.
Introducing SASF's Pickleball Volunteer Coordinators: Karen, David, Stuart, Nelza, Joe, Thai, and Dan!
Stuart and Nelza are retired and living in Elk Grove. They learned about SASF and started playing pickleball with the beginners class here in July 2022. Stuart and Nelza appreciate the pickleball community here at SASF which encourages having fun with all levels of players.
David and Karen live in Sacramento. They also started playing pickleball here with the beginners class in July. David and Karen are both retired and are enjoying the social aspect of the SASF pickleball community. Meeting new people and sharing conversation always enhances a day of play. Pickle on...
Joe, Thai, and Dan have been loyal and faithful supporters of SASF's pickleball program for several years. They have all helped to build the SASF pickleball program and help make it what it is today. We appreciate all their efforts to make pickleball a success at SASF!
Learn more about SASF's Pickleball League
2023 SASF Golf Tournament Fundraiser: Registration opens on January 9th!
It's almost that time again! The SASF Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023. Time to start practicing that swing!
Registration will open on Monday, January 9, 2023. More details to be announced soon, please stay tuned for more! We will share details via email and social media. Please be sure you're subscribed to SASF's email newsletter and that you are following us at @sasfevents on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Reminder: Save the date! SASF Crab Feed is on Saturday, February 25, 2023. More info coming soon
The SASF Crab Feed will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023! We thank you for your support and we thank you for your patience. More details will be announced soon via email and social media. Please be sure you're subscribed to SASF's email newsletter and that you are following us at @sasfevents on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Thank you for your support: Teens Create Dreams Talent Show
On August 20th, 2022, Teens Create Dreams held its first in-person talent show after two years at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, California. Run by Sacramento area high school students, the program has spent every summer organizing and hosting talent shows whose benefits are donated to local Sacramento Charities for the last 10 years.
After two years without talent shows being held in-person, the success of this yearâ€™s event has been paramount in keeping the program alive. Featuring performances from the TCD Hype Team Board and returning performer and co-president Isabella Paragas, the pajama-party themed show was a welcome addition to over 300 audience members' evenings.
All of the proceeds from the night was donated to My Sister's House, a non-profit based in Sacramento dedicated to serving Asian and Pacific Islander and other under-served women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
The absolute highlight of the night, however, was watching amazing performances from local Sacramento Talent and seeing them compete for over $2000 in prize money. M.A.D. Jack took home the grand prize of $1000, with second and third place winners Izzy Ma and Battle Dance also being recognized for their talents respectively, and Nguyen Thuy Tien playing the Dan Tranh won the Janna Shimizu award.
As the Teens Create Dreams board wraps up their activities for the season, they would like to thank everyone in attendance of August's show, as well as everyone who donated time, resources, and money to TCD's cause. Special donors include Norma On, Jeffrey Ota, Tom and Jean Ota, Valley Custom Drapery, Elaine Kurashige, and Dr. Kenneth and Lisa Yasuda.
The Creative Space Sacramento's Holiday Food & Craft Fair is on Saturday, December 17th at SASF!
The holidays are here and The Creative Space is hosting a Holiday Food and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 17th, right here at SASF! There will be delicious food, handcrafted gifts, and even some awesome raffle prizes! Over 100 vendors are visiting from all over Northern California for this one day event. Donâ€™t stress over finding the perfect personalized holiday gift! Disney, BTS, Anime, Hawaiian/Asian crafts, are just some of the amazing categories to choose from. Be sure to stop by and bring the whole family to celebrate the holidays at the Holiday Food and Craft Fair hosted by The Creative Space!
We are extremely grateful to the many individuals, families and businesses who continue to support and donate to the SASF throughout the year. Without your unwavering support, SASF would have had a difficult time surviving the challenges of the past year. Thank you for the following donations received this past month:
- Steve Hamamoto in memory of Bubs Matsuura
- Optimist Club of Country Club
- Sacramento Senator Lion Club
- Kimberly Dong via UPS
- Naomi Miyao in memory of Karen DeYoung
- Maylene Dong Wong in memory of Robert Young
- Maylene Dong Wong in memory of Kui Fong
- Jimmie & Mary Yee in memory of Helen Quan
- Mamie's Administrative Service in memory of Helen Quan
SASF relies on the generous donations from community members to fund the day-to-day operations of the facility, and the support the sports and youth programs.
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