Local businesses and philanthropists came together at North Ranch Country Club on Monday to support arts outreach programs for Title 1 schools and other underserved communities with the Alliance for the Arts.
Over 100 Golfers enjoyed 18 holes peppered with special entertainment and treats provided by local businesses, Alliance volunteers, and representatives from Title Sponsor Union Bank.
"I really enjoyed it. We had great weather, great people, and there were a lot of new faces coming out to support a good cause," said Cara Cohen, the Alliance for the Arts Membership Coordinator.
The annual event supports the Kids and the Arts program at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, an initiative that seeks to provide comprehensive arts education to the county's most needful students. This year, the theme of local community was especially prevalent in Honorees Keets and Hugh Cassar.
At the evening reception which culminated with a live auction, the Cassars were celebrated for their involvement in the performing arts and other local organizations such as Community Conscience, Best Friends, and Casa Pacifica.
"You're all making such a fuss" said Hugh Cassar. "We just do what we can."
The couple, known throughout the county for their generosity and passion for a variety of local organizations, received a standing ovation of support. "All it takes is a spark," said Siobhain Hill, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Arts. "Keets and Hugh are that spark here tonight."
The proceeds from the auction and pledges made on behalf of the Cassars will sponsor over 900 students to attend professional theatre, music, and dance at the Civic Arts Plaza in the 2015-2016 season. Productions will include Pacific Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker and Peter Pan, New West Symphony, and more.