Dinner in the Park – a Third Helping

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Sutter-Jensen Community Park provides two locations for the Carmichael Parks Foundation gala on September 7.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Parks Foundation will stage its third “Dinner in the Park” gala on September 7. The non-profit funds improvements in 13 parks and provides scholarships for youth programs.

Winers and diners will amble over two hidden-gem reserves. Cocktail hour is bathed by sunset in Sutter Community Garden; tables are set for a moonlit farm-to-fork meal in the adjoining Jensen Botanical Garden. Local restaurants will supply appetizers and Carmichael’s Bella Bru Café will serve a sit-down meal of tri-tip, chicken and Portabella mushrooms. Chocolate torte follows.

Winding paths link the two parks and live music will serenade every step of the way. Following dinner, an auction will offer a Montana fishing vacation and other “experience” packages. As the immediate neighborhood provides little parking, guests are encouraged to walk, carpool or take advantage of a free shuttle service from the Carmichael Elementary School on Sutter Avenue. The fall celebration follows sell-out successes of 2017 and 2018 fundraisers,

The party begins among community-farmed lots on the Hollister and Sutter Avenue corner at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $125. Sponsors include Charles Schwab; Thomas Sharp CFP; Hensel Phelps Construction; Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center; SMUD; Kaiser Permanente; KMM Services; Paul Pennington; Assemblymen Ken Cooley and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. On-site sanitation is donated by Wilkinson’s portables.

For more information, visit Carmichaelparksfoundation.org