917 "C" Street
San Rafael, California 94901
Mill Valley Community Center was lit up “Electric Blue” on Friday by the spirit of generosity from generous sponsors, over 100 event and auction donors and nearly 200 arts-loving partygoers!
Mill Valley Community Center, dressed up in Blue!
Youth in Arts thanks everyone for being part of a fun and festive night that netted over $50,000 in support for Youth in Arts programs, including a special appeal that raised more than $26,000 for the Arts Unite Us program serving youth with special needs in Marin.
We are so grateful to our sponsors Nancy & Luis Belmonte, Yerba Buena Commons, Entelo, Bank of Marin, Stephanie Lamarre–Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, the Marin Independent Journal and Marin Arts. And we also want to thank our Board of Directors and particularly Events Committee members Naomi Tamura, Devin Dixon, Melissa Jones Briggs, Angela Rafner, Linda Sudduth, Maura Tokarski, Sheila Tuffanelli and Justine Rudman for spending so many hours, weeks and months preparing for the event.
Miko Lee with special guests Gabriella Calicchio, YIA Founder Joanne Dunn and Marin Superintendent Mary Jane Burke
The evening included silent and live auctions, a special reading of Youth in Arts student work by leaders in Marin County efforts to build more arts into our community, dinner from An Affair to Remember Catering, wines from Rock Wall and White Oak, beer from Moylan’s Brewery, coffee from Nova Rosti, a “dessert dash” game and performances from Youth in Arts `Til Dawn A Cappella and the amazing Pride & Joy, whose electric blues dance music inspired the event theme!
Live auction donors included Playa Restaurant in Mill Valley and the Napa Valley Film Festival, as well as YIA Board Member Devin Dixon. Our silent auction and dessert dash included contributions from over 100 local businesses and several more contributed goods or services to the production of the event. We encourage you to check out the full list of event supporters on our website and to always support businesses that support arts for kids!
Youth in Arts `Til Dawn A Cappella
Pride & Joy!
Finally, thank you to all our guests–you really made the night a success with your generous donations and auction bids (and of course with your fabulous dancing!)
We’ve included a gallery of photos below snapped by Curtis Myers (thank you, Curtis!)
The end of the year is almost here–keep watching our blog here for stories from our school sites about all the creativity, confidence and compassion you have helped to support!