The “Sacramento Has Talent” benefit April 10 at The Crest Theatre brags not only some of the Sacramento region’s best performers, it also can boast of some high powered  help in its Master of Ceremonies and on-stage judges.

Christopher Cabaldon West Sacramento Mayor

Christopher Cabaldon
West Sacramento Mayor



The Master of Ceremonies who will both guide the action and also perform on stage is Mayor Christopher Cabaldon from West Sacramento.  Cabaldon agreed to host the program, noting that the benefit fundraiser supports Access Sacramento’s Neighborhood News Bureau youth training program in journalism.

Two popular broadcast news journalists and a celebrity chef and restauranteur will be judging the competition with comments and rankings from on stage during the performances.


Dale Schornack News 10

Dale Schornack
News 10


News 10’s Dale Schornack, evening anchor and Emmy Award winning reporter from ABC-affiliate KXTV will let Christina Mendonsa handle the news desk without him in order to being at The Crest for the 7 p.m. show start.

Good Day, Sacramento’s Courtney Dempsey will need to stay up late to join the judging team.  Dempsey can be seen on The CW KMAX-31’s morning program, weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Courtney Dempsey Good Morning Sacramento

Courtney Dempsey
Good Morning Sacramento

Taro Arai Mikuni's Master Sushi Chef

Taro Arai
Mikuni’s Master Sushi Chef

Celebrity Master Sushi Chef and Restaurateur Taro Arai will also bring his critical eye to the stage, providing fans his unique perspective on what it takes to be Sacramento Has Talent’s top performer.

The show has singers, bands dancers, musicians and star youth performers slated to compete for a top prize of $500 and bragging rights for this 2nd annual fundraiser.

In addition to the talent performances, Access Sacramento will also honor newly retired Sacramento Bee editorial writer Ginger Rutland with the “Power of Voice” award for her years of dedicated service to  Free Speech and the importance of the community voice in our region.

Proceeds of the “Sacramento Has Talent” event benefit Access Sacramento and its Neighborhood News Bureau project, where youth journalists are taught skills as reporters and are paid stipends as they learn their voices make a difference as published writers on

For more information, visit the Access Sacramento website or call 916-456-8600.