Let Them Eat Cake a delicious fundraiser

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Self-Help Housing, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of homelessness in the region, will host the 15th annual Let Them Eat Cake event in celebration of Bastille Day at Beatnik Studios, 723 S St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13.

Presented by Sacramento County District 2 Supervisor Patrick Kennedy and Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, District 5, guests will indulge in a fun Bastille Day celebration showcasing outstanding local cuisine, wines, brews and beverages, cake tasting, upbeat music and more. Guests will also enjoy listening to the sounds of the multi-talented musician Gabe Dixon along with bidding on artwork created by some of the region’s most talented artists and wines from leading local wineries.

Each year the Let Them Eat Cake fundraising event is scheduled on or near Bastille Day (note that Marie Antoinette is credited with coining the memorable “Let them eat cake” phrase shortly before the French Revolution). The fundraising event supports Sacramento Self-Help Housing and their efforts to identify positive solutions and workable alternatives for local community members dealing with homelessness or trying to break free from a cycle of unstable living situations.

Let Them Eat Cake guests will indulge in bountiful appetizers along with beverage tastings by outstanding wineries and breweries such as M2 Winery, Perry Creek Winery and Van der Vijver Estate Winery. Of course, cake viewing, judging and sampling is central to this festive event. Interested guests are invited to submit their own home-made (or store-bought) creations in a spirited and fun cake contest for a chance to win great prizes. Advance entry information is suggested but not required to participate and guests can show up to the event with a cake to be added to the fun competition (note admission cost is waived for those who enter a cake in the competition). Cakes will be judged by local celebrities including ABC10’s Emmy-Award-Winning Entertainment Reporter Mark S. Allen in at least three categories: Best Tasting, Most Creative, and Most Beautiful.

In addition to Kennedy and Schenirer, the 2017 Let Them Eat Cake event is also proudly sponsored by the Winn Foundation, Buzz Oates, NECA/IBEW LMCC, Sacramento Association of Realtors, Sierra Health Foundation and Sutter Health Valley Area along with a number of generous individual donors.

Let Them Eat Cake tickets cost $40 per person or two for $75 in advance or $50 per person at the door.

Now in its 15th year, the annual Let Them Eat Cake fundraising event benefits the Sacramento Self-Help Housing organization, a leader in the “housing first” model of homelessness response by providing shared housing in more than 45 sites with individual bedrooms and shared common areas at affordable rents with various levels of support depending on the needs of the residents. Sacramento Self-Help Housing also provides a website listing affordable housing and a “rent hotline,” which includes the region’s fair housing enforcement program to address illegal discrimination.  For tickets to the Let Them Eat Cake fundraising event or more information about Sacramento Self-Help Housing visit sacselfhelp.org or call (916) 341-0593.

Traci Rockefeller Cusack


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