Join Governor Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown in lighting the California State Capitol Christmas Tree on Monday, December 5, 2016. Program begins at 4:30 PM. Celebrate the holiday season alongside fellow Californians with musical performances and the official lighting of the tree.
Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank.
Mistress of Ceremonies, Kitty O'Neal of KFBK Radio
Governor's Own 40th Infantry Division Band (Detachment 1), Brass Quintet, California National Guard
Oakland Military Institute
Oakland School for the Arts
St. Paul's Choir
Alex and Alan Rosales, helping Governor Brown light the tree
2016 California State Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2016 California State Capitol Christmas Tree is a 60-foot white fir from the Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County, the fifth Capitol Christmas tree to come from a state forest managed by CAL FIRE on behalf of the public. The tree has been decorated with approximately 10,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs, and 900 ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is a local, non-profit agency committed to serving individuals and families in need. With a staff of 45 and a volunteer force of over 5,800, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides free emergency goods and services to 45,000 unduplicated men, women and children each month.
Kitty O'Neal anchors the highly rated and award winning KFBK Afternoon News from 4-7 pm, a show she has hosted for 22 years. Before anchoring the news on KFBK, she served as News Director for eight years on sister station KGBY-FM. Kitty donates much of her time and talent to community events and charitable organizations and serves on several boards of non-profit agencies. Since 2001, the readers of Sacramento Magazine have annually voted Kitty the Best Afternoon Drive Radio Personality in Sacramento.
Before her media work, Kitty sang professionally in a touring musical group and continues to perform today. She graduated with Honors from California State University, Sacramento and has her BA Degree in Communication Studies. She is married to Kurt Spataro, a local Executive Chef and Restaurateur. In 2015, readers of the Sacramento Business Journal voted Kitty and Kurt one of Sacramento's 25 Top Power Couples. Kitty is passionate about animals, especially felines, and always has several cats. She and Kurt have lived in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento for 26 years.
Alex and Alan Rosales
The Governor and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will light the Capitol Christmas tree with 7-year-old twin boys, Alex and Alan Rosales of Los Angeles. Alex and Alan, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), receive services through South Central Los Angeles County Regional Center (SCLACRC) and are students in the second grade at 99th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles.
The 40th Infantry Division Band (Detachment 1), was first organized on May 8, 1861, as the band of the First California Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The band is one of the oldest units in the California National Guard, and one of the oldest bands in the United States Army. Currently stationed in Sacramento, the band, known as "The Governor's Own," has performed for every governor's inauguration from 1928-2007, and regularly performs at the State Capitol.
The 40th Infantry Division Band (Detachment 1), has received the State of California Governor's Outstanding Unit Award on several occasions. The band's mission is to provide musical support to the troops, be the ambassador for the California Army National Guard, and promote our national interests. Band performances include a variety of music from patriotic selections to the Big Band Era.
The band's 30 members reside throughout Northern California and meet once or twice a month to rehearse and support military and community events throughout the state.
The Oakland Military Institute was founded in 2001 by then Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, who had a vision for a school with high expectations for student achievement, conduct, character, patriotism, and leadership. The founding leadership team of the school consisted of Brigadier General Ezell Ware, Brigadier General Ralph Marinaro, Colonel Gary Richards, Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Martin, Chief Warrant Officer Garrett Roosevelt, and Chief Warrant Officer Harold Newsom. The first summer encampment took place at Camp San Luis Obispo in June and July 2001. A class of 157 7th graders successfully completed that encampment and enrolled in August of 2001. The sixth grade was added during the summer of 2004 and the 2006-2007 school year saw the first complement of all grade levels 6-12 enrolled at the Academy. The first graduating class of 61 seniors held commencement at the Lake Merritt Bandstand on Saturday, June 6, 2007. Of the graduating class, 22 were continuously enrolled since their 7th grade year. The California Attorney General Jerry Brown was the commencement speaker. Eighty percent of the first graduating class was accepted to four year colleges and universities.
The Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) was founded by then Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown in 2002 to balance an immersive arts program with a comprehensive academic curriculum, providing students unique opportunities for learning, innovation, expression and personal growth. OSA's arts and academic programs build discipline and confidence, effectively preparing creative youth to achieve their potential both in and outside of the arts. OSA attracts and retains a broad range of students drawn together by the organizing paradigm of the arts into a cohesive community. OSA's students demonstrate the value of creativity in academia. Over 95% of OSA graduates have gained admission to 4-year colleges and universities.
Mariachi Puente is a Davis Joint Unified School District districtwide after-school mariachi group composed of 19 junior high and high school students, ages 11 to 17 that participate in the district music program. They perform mostly traditional Mexican mariachi and Spanish language songs to promote and appreciate Mexican and Latin American culture. Puente is the Spanish word for “bridge”. As a musical group Mariachi Puente bridges a younger generation of musicians to the legacy of their parents and families. They bridge the music of one culture to the larger local community, and develop character, discipline, and the courage in students to present their work to an audience as they pass from early adolescence into high school and beyond. Mariachi Puente seeks to make student participation affordable to any student who will show commitment and invest the time.
The St. Paul's Choir performs at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in South Sacramento and is very active in their community.
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers serving over 270,000 persons with developmental disabilities. The centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and support available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
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