Big Party 2011
Approximately 150 people attended the event. The Big Party was put together to celebrate the 2011 Transformational Leader Awards party and was hosted by Tracy Saville and T2 Performance Solutions. The event featured writers, photographers, performers, leaders in the Sacramento community and artists.
Art, culture and business, civic leadership, music and community members joined in honoring and celebrating the work done by many in the Sacramento community. Guests were also photographed by Nicholas Wray, one of Sacramento’s best photographers.
KCRA’s Kristin Marshall started off the evening addressing honorees and guests to the event. Marshall welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about the Transformational Leader Awards and the recipients that were being honored.
Marshall welcomed guests by saying, “Thank you all and thanks to all our honorees, their families and friends.” She also spoke about those being honored and thanked them for sharing their dreams, excelling in the arts and for trying to create a better life for themselves by traveling roads less taken.
Marshall encouraged guests to mingle with the special guests through the evening and to, as she said, “Take from the experience and become motivated to do the same and make a difference if you can in your own way. Celebrating with us this evening are artists from all walks of life including Lonn Friend and Raphael Delgado, named artist of the year and creator of Millennium Scepter.”
Marshall introduced Brian Diamond who told her what to say when he was introduced. Marshall said, “He’s an actor, comedian, speaker, he likes soup, his favorite sport is hacky sack, he’s been a 3-time world champ and one day he aspires to be Rosie O’Donnell. So please welcome Brian Diamond.”
Diamond spent a few minutes doing his standup routine and was quite funny. He thanked the movers and shakers of Sacramento and then told short stories to entertain the audience. I especially liked when he told the audience, “This is actually going to be my last week in the arts and entertainment industry. I came into an awful lot of money. Next week I will have $2.6 million. I’ve been getting these emails from Nigeria and I think I’m really, really close to getting the money because they’re asking for my social security number.” Not only that but he also shared, “I just signed a great deal with HBO,” as guests applauded he said, it’s $14.95 a month and they’re installing it next week.”
Diamond noted he’s from Sacramento but had lived in Los Angeles for 11 or so years and told several funny anecdotes about his experiences down there and then got serious when he talked about the transformation he’s noticed in Sacramento.
Diamond also relayed a story about a gentleman in Sacramento who at the age of 15 witnessed another man address some field workers who were being arrested. This man told the lettuce field workers and the police officers about the freedom to assemble in a peaceful way and their right to exercise the freedom of speech. That man turned out to be Cesar Chavez. The young 15 year old who witnessed this later went on to Cal Berkeley to pursue a law degree as a result of the incident that changed his life.
According to Diamond witnessing certain events, works or deeds can have unintended consequences that can last a lifetime. He then went on and read a poem he called “Risk It” it’s a poem (slightly changed) by an unknown poet and it goes like this:
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement
To express feelings is to risk exposing yourself
To place your dreams before a crowd is to risk ridicule
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risk must be taken in life
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing
He may avoid suffering and sorrow but he simply cannot learn, grow, feel, change, love and live
Only a person who risks is truly free
Diamond concluded by saying, “and so for those of you who took risks you have made the changes that Sacramento needs and I thank you for that.”
Tracy Saville followed and thanked her guests and showed her usual charisma and enthusiasm as she welcomed guests saying, “This is a very meaningful evening for me but it isn’t about me. This is an evening that I and my family and our company wanted. To begin to do something that would set a different standard and set a new bar for the kinds of things that we saw as quality. We acknowledged characteristics that we admired, respected and helped develop in the leaders that lead our city and our region.”
Saville talked about the transformational leaders in the Sacramento community and in regards to those being honored at the event she said, “We wanted to shine a light on 30 human beings that we thought would be honored for stepping outside the box and for doing extraordinary innovative work.” Saville noted that many of them do these things fairly quietly and humbly and all of them excel in a discipline of perseverance and who perform powerful things even though nobody talks about it.
Saville later introduced rock and roll journalist Lonn Friend who was signing his newest book Sweet Demotion. Friend flew up from Southern California for the event and met many of the guests who talked to him about his experiences as a rock journalist. Friend mentioned a previous visit to Sacramento saying, “I think the last time I was in Sacramento was when I interviewed Tesla in 1991 so that shows you what a journey this is. I’m glad to be here. The last book that I wrote Sweet Demotion, the subtitle says it all How an Almost Famous Rock Journalist Lost Everything and Found Himself (almost) is really written for people who have been through a rough mid life.”
Friend said a few words about his experience as a journalist and mentioned how glad he was to be at the event. Friend also had on hand another book he wrote Life on Planet Rock: From Guns N’ Roses to Nirvana, a Backstage Journey through Rock’s Most Debauched Decade.
Raphael Delgado also addressed guests and said it was a privilege to be honored and thanked everyone. His work Millennium Scepter was the emblem or icon for the Transformational Leader Awards event. Talking about his works he said, “Thank you for all your support. Show me an artist who’s made it without support, ” and gave everyone time to reflect. Delgado’s work was all around, on the projected screen behind the stage, on the program’s front and back cover and on a table where a large piece of his Millennium Scepter was later unveiled. His recognition was well deserved and received.
Photographer Nicholas Wray talked a little about his photographic project saying, “I’m here because of this project I’m working on called the Sacramento 100. It’s a book that I’m developing. It’s basically about the 100 most culturally influential people in Sacramento that I’m photographing. It will be all in black and white and it’s going to be a coffee table book.” More information about this project and photos of guests during the evening can be seen at his facebook page.
As the program continued Saville returned to address guests and thanked her family for being at the event. Saville spoke about T2 Performance Solutions a private company that Tracy and Tim Saville founded in early January. Saville said, “We’re a traditional personal and professional leadership development company so we do all that, also team building, management staff work and H.R. presentations that your employers make you go to but we do that sort of like in a rock and roll style. What we really do is focus on this idea of personal leadership.”
Recognition and awards were then bestowed upon many honorees and after that the celebration continued.
Clemon Charles provided musical entertainment and Saville’s son Michael Wilson played drums. Wilson and Christopher Karne Frost along with T2 also produced a Clemon Charles video that made its premier and was projected on a screen.
The Big Party continued after the 2011 Transformational Leaders were recognized and who in turn will nominate someone to take their place for next year’s celebration.