Be a star: support the arts

There is no need to trek nearly 100 miles to experience the glitz of Tinseltown when it can be found right here in the City of Temecula. Mosey on down to Mayor Mike Naggar’s “Hurrah for Hollywood” Fundraising Celebration for the Arts in Temecula Valley.

The event will be held at Temecula Creek Inn at 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road on Sept. 6 from 6 to 11 p.m.

“If a person or organization purchases a table, they can design it however they want with a certain movie theme in mind like ‘Gone with the Wind,’” said Cathy Smith, director of programs and events for the Arts Council of Temecula Valley, a nonprofit organization.

“Attendees can dress the part or not dress the part, however they chose. This invokes a little more participation,” she said.

If an individual or couple only purchases one or two tickets, they will be randomly placed at a themed table or they may have the option to choose one.

Local costumers have agreed to give all celebration attendees a discount on any rented or purchased costumes in support of the fundraising cause.

“This event has traditionally been a fundraiser for the arts and continues to be,” said Ruth Hobbs, executive director for the Arts Council. “It used to be called the Mayor’s Ball, but we changed it this year to ‘Hurrah for Hollywood’ at the Mayor’s request. We will still honor Mayor Naggar, and all proceeds go to arts educational programs.”

The main fundraising comes from selling tickets, said Hobbs, but there will also be a silent/live auction. Event tickets are $100 per person and all proceeds benefit Arts Council programs, including those that offer hope to at-risk youth.

The Arts Council is dedicated to cultivating, promoting and supporting visual and performing arts as well as arts education in the schools and the community.

“This is a red carpet event with old cars and all the trimmings of a Hollywood evening,” said Hobbs. “There will be appetizers, a no-host bar, sit-down dinner [and] dancing lessons. The band will go until 11 p.m.”

Murrieta-based Guilty Conscience will be one of the bands to grace the stage playing dance tunes, light jazz and everything in between.

The 30-piece big band Robert Holtz Orchestra will set the scene for old swing dancing pros and those who want to participate in a lesson.

“Swing dancing is coming back,” said Hobbs. “It seems to be very popular in the Valley.”

The nationally acclaimed Memory Lane Dance Troupe will show how swing dancing is done and be on hand to instruct attendees.

According to Hobbs, “The main thing is the night is going to be a lot of fun. It’s not a quiet event. The night will be full of energy. The dancing should be the best part, and you’re talking to someone with two left feet.”

Patti Drew, a 25-year member of the Temecula Valley Players, will be presented with the Fourth Annual Temecula Valley Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to the Arts.

“It’s hard to choose just one person [for the honor],” said Hobbs. “There are so many people who have contributed to the arts.”

The individuals who have been recognized with this award are known for making a difference in the arts, not a living. Past award recipients include Beverly Stevenson, Jim and Dorothy Meyler and Eve Craig.

For information about corporate tables and sponsorships or costuming resources, or to donate to the auction, e-mail the Arts Council at [email protected] or call (951) 695-2787.

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