(UPDATED 8/9/19) Sacramento’s Walk of Stars – Description of the first five inductees honored with their own “star” this first year of what is to be an annual event.
August 31 marked the official unveiling of the first five stars honoring Sacramento area “stars”. A gala to celebrate was held at the Memorial Auditorium that evening.
The first class of inductees for the Sacramento Walk of Stars are:
- LeVar Burton (“Roots”, “Star Trek: Next Generation” and “Reading Rainbow”)
- Debbie Meyer (three-time Olympic swimming champion)
- Gregory Kondos (well-known landscape artist)
- “Ernie” Bodai (surgeon and the man behind the breast cancer research stamp)
- Timothy Schmit (musician with rock band The Eagles)
Sacramento Walk of Stars, a nonprofit, intends to make the recognition of well-known Sacramento area “stars” an annual event. Individuals/groups with achievements in arts and entertainment, sports, news, business, and science and technology who have lived or been raised in the greater Sacramento region and have made a positive impact qualify for consideration.
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Over time the 3’ x 3’ blue terrazzo-tile stars will be placed in the sidewalks at strategic locations on J, K, and L Streets – stretching from 21st Street in midtown to the Golden 1 Center downtown at Fifth Street. The idea behind the Sacramento Walk of Stars is to generate positive publicity for the Sacramento Region.
The first five stars are located on the 1801 block of L Street. Local businesses on this block include the Buckhorn Grill, Saddle Rock, The Rind and Ginger Elizabeth.
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(UPDATED 8/9/19) LeVar Burton, who was raised in Sacramento, recently had a city park in Meadowview renamed for him. At the ceremony on June 11, 2019, Burton expressed his appreciation saying “It’s such a high honor.” He also stated “This is the neighborhood where I grew up, just down the street and around the corner.”
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