Photo by Manny Chavez Photography
More than 230 people raised $13,000 at Cabaret on K, sponsored by Capital Public Radio, which benefited Sacramento homeless women and children at local nonprofit Women’s Empowerment. Hosted in September in the newly opened basement at Capitol Plaza Ballrooms on K Street, the night featured performances of cabaret and jazz favorites with a mix of classical and musical theatre pieces. Artwork from local artists was on display and for sale, with 50 percent of the proceeds going directly to Women’s Empowerment. Funds raised will help women as they break the cycle of homelessness and build a brighter future for their families.
“Our Cabaret on K fundraiser was a great success,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “Thanks to our singers, performers, donors, volunteers and our thriving local arts scene, we raised more than $12,000 to fund our mission of ending homelessness for good. It was a truly transformative night.”
Participating musicians included Carrie Hennessey, Omari Tau, Jen Reason, Sarah Fitch and Capital Public Radio’s Kevin Doherty. Artists Michele Knight, Whitney Lofrano, Art Street’s Angela Tannehill and Wide Open Walls muralist Norm Ayles sold pieces of art throughout the evening. Well-known local artist David Garibaldi also was in attendance.
Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,457 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 81 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, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.