Sacramento artist David Garibaldi will paint to end homelessness on Oct. 26 at Capitol Plaza Ballroom for a performance art fundraiser benefiting Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment. He will create and auction off three art pieces, as well as a private studio experience. David Garibaldi Live, which is sponsored by Umpqua Bank, McCreery’s Home Furnishings, Western Management and iHeartMedia, will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will include premium wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a chance to hear how Women’s Empowerment is ending homelessness for women and children in Sacramento.
Tickets are $125 per person. Forty VIP tickets are available for $175 per person and include a private reception with Garibaldi before the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.
“David Garibaldi has a beautiful way of creating not only fantastic artwork, but an exciting and moving experience for his audience,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are honored that he wants to use his unique gift to make sure women in Sacramento can overcome homelessness by finding steady work and safe homes for their families,”
Garibaldi grew up in South Sacramento and became well-known when he won fourth place on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012. Since then, he has raised more than $1 million for charities across the world through his live paintings that transform a blank black canvas into pop art icons.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and on CNN.com for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,367 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.