Nearly 20 to 30 volunteers were on hand at the event to raise awareness for the arts, said Tori Scoles on Saturday evening. Ukulele players, actors and wine pourers were in abundance at the event, which provided many delightful entertainment features and acts.
Although this year’s bounty was not as much as last year’s efforts, Scoles is still determined to put on the event—even if she must do so alone.
Former co-founder of Patterson Repertory Theatre Colton Dennis has since left the organization to further pursue the arts abroad, but he remains to be sorely missed with affiliates of PRT.
Despite the setback, participants had a delightful time and were provided a sneak peek into PRT’s newest production, ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller thanks to PRT actors Katheryn Loughman, Daniele Garcia and Rickey Soto.
First-timer Vanessa Taylor of East Bay said she didn’t know what to expect when she heard about the gala. She originally came for the Tough Mudder competition, but was attracted to the community involvement in town.
“I was surprised by the level of community support,” said Taylor. “It’s a lot warmer and friendlier than any other gala I’ve been to. There is a greater network oriented environment and I feel comfortable. I’m really impressed.”
As for the art competition, Amber Hill walked away with the coveted Mayor’s Choice piece, which earned her an extra $350 for her efforts. Hill’s photograph, a rural almond orchard across the street from her home, was picked based on its beauty and Patterson roots by Mayor Luis Molina of Patterson.
According to Hill, she never expected to receive such an honor and found herself blushing with excitement after the announcement at the end of the night.
“This is the first time I’ve ever entered anything like this,” said Hill. “I’m so taken back. I (photograph) for fun because I see things that are beautiful and I just want to capture the moment. I’m so flattered for this honor.”
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