Musical Theater West’s annual Broadway in the Park raises $ 170,000 to support educational programs – Press Telegram


Musical Theater West has a large group of loyal supporters who attend their productions and support the organization in a number of ways.

It’s no wonder, then, that the 425 guests of MTW’s Sunday July 18 fundraiser were delighted to see each other again after a long coronavirus-induced hiatus.

The 22nd Annual Broadway in the Park made a big comeback at the Grand Event Center.

After an al fresco dining on the Palm Terrace and an exciting and abundant silent auction, the group retreated to the Grand Ballroom for live performances showcasing the 2021-22 season.

The auctions included excursions, dinners and artistic performances. The evening raised $ 170,000 to support the theater’s educational programs. General Manager Paul Garman was delighted to announce that “thousands of children will be introduced to the joy of live theater, thanks to your generous support”.

Seen on site: event president Jane Netherton, with her son Jeff Harrison and partner Jerry Bloeser; Councilors Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo; the chairman of the board of directors of MTW, Jan Hall Zolin; CSULB President Jane Close Conoley and her husband Collie; Megan Kerr, LBUSD Board Member; Carpenter Center Executive Director Megan Kline Crockett; Nancy Gaines; Julie and Don Knabe; Connie Szeibl; Dottie Reiner; Lisa Maloney, silent auction coordinator; Annette Kashiwabara; Anthony and Bill Gagliardi; Lynn Gesner; Barbara and Ned Gaylord; Marni Gaylord; Dylan Bernstein; Jim and Vickie Sullos; Myrna Wigod; Temple of Marlene; Janis and Michael Krantz; Gloria Deukmejian; Jorene and Jim Hankla; Ethel Severson; Frank and Margie Newell; Linda Rahn; Claire and Marc Guillen; Jean Bixby Smith; Craig Dougherty and Jayne Lastusky; Gary and Sharon Kirkpatrick; John Thomas and Chris Launi; Shell Grossman.

The Garden Club of the Isles of Naples

The Naples Islands Garden Club hosted a long-awaited celebration at its annual luncheon in mid-June.

Lisa Mauck and her committee hosted the event at the Old Ranch Country Club, where guests gathered under the sun and blue skies overlooking beautiful gardens, walkways and the lake.

Barbara Jordon has installed Pam McCredie as the new president, along with her fellow officers Ann Devlin-Snyder and Kathy Owens. Service awards were presented to several long-time members.

During social hour, members enjoyed chatting and reconnecting around tables loaded with impressive raffle baskets, dropping raffle stubs in the hopes of being a lucky winner. The event raised more than $ 1,800 to support the group’s beautification projects on the island, including the maintenance of the landscape of La Bella Fontana di Napoli, the Naples Plaza, the Naples school and the 24 Second Street planters.

(Left to Right) Edie Graber, Lisa Mauck, (Event Chair), Dolores Montoya, Julie Taboada, Kay Bailey, Margie Burri, Maureen Schultz, Kay Berg, Sandy Davidson, Susan Townsend at the long awaited celebration of Naples Islands Garden Club at their annual Luncheon. (Courtesy of the Naples Islands Garden Club)

It was announced and delighted that the club’s partnership with LBUSD and Neff Construction (during Measure E) won the National Garden Club’s most prestigious award. The First Place Prize was awarded for the renovation of the Naples School, while preserving the existing landscape and maintaining the historic integrity of the building, which was constructed around 1925. The Naples Islands Garden Club received the # 1 in the country, having also won # 1 in the California Garden Club competition, out of 350 groups, and leading the Pacific Regions Garden Club, which features local outfits in seven western states.

The Garden Club has been the custodian of the Naples School’s landscaping since 2015. The club, supported by contributions from island residents, paid for the $ 8,000 cost of the new shrubs and palms.

Seen on stage: event president Lisa Mauck; Installation agent Barbara Jordan; Sandy Davidson and Linda Frame Beauty Chairs; and Trish Schooley, who documented the award. Other people present: Cathy Muirhead, Lynne Clarke, Mari Hooper, Lynn Danielson, Cathy Ridder, Margie Burri, Marta Griffin, Susie Armstrong, Kathie Hamme, Marilyn Bittle, Cindy Murphy, Susan Bell, Edie Graber, Kay Berg, Susan Townsend , Julie Taboada, Gloria Gesselman, Ginny Clark, Ann Devlin-Snyder, Eileen Ryan, Lynn Allen, Nancy Pinckert, Maureen Schultz, Kay Bailey, Kathy Owens, Pam McCredie, Jeannie Hughes, Ruth Saa, Dolores Montoya, Becky Jones, Pat Nielson , Audrey Grifall, Wendi Vodhanel, Allison Lohfeld, Lynn Little, Laura Conte, Trish Burdge, Margaret Dineen-Kern, Anita Padgett, Linda Sopp, Lisa Hopkins, Deborah Smith and Sumera Wacker.

Children’s Charitable League

Children’s Benefit League “Opened Up” for their first in-person lunch early last month at the Old Ranch Country Club. Officers 2021-22 have been installed, with Sharon Young as president. Cherie de Gomez was awarded the CBL Life Member designation for her impressive accomplishments during her years of service.

The golf course view and delicious lunch were enjoyed by over 50 members, as well as representatives from the five children’s clinics the group supports: The Guidance Center, Children’s Dental Health Clinic, The Children’s Clinic, Ability First and John Tracy Center. The Children’s Benefit League was established in 1948 and has raised over $ 2 million for clinics.

News of charitable social events can be sent to Shirley Wild at [email protected] or by fax to 562-594-9468. Please include a contact phone number. Send high resolution jpeg photos, as an attachment, to [email protected] and include the group name and individual IDs, left to right. Call Shirley at 562-594-9468 for more information.

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