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Swanson Fund Luncheon 2018

Dr. Thomas and Susan Davies have taught at Cal Poly University since 1983. Tom recently retired in 2017. Susan still works as a lecturer and staff accompanist

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center held its third annual Swanson Fund Luncheon on Sunday, February 25th at the Performing Arts Center.

The luncheon honored Susan and Tom Davies, an inspiring couple who have spent over 34 years teaching and conducting music on the Central Coast.

The afternoon was equal parts luncheon and variety show, as Susan and Tom Davies’ friends and colleagues took turns paying tribute through music, monologue, and story.

Susan and Tom have devoted their lives to teaching and inspiring music in others. The Foundation was thrilled to share with them the impact of their tireless work.

All proceeds of the luncheon supported the Clifton Swanson Community Access Fund, an initiative that awards grants to local arts groups to subsidize the costs of performing at the PAC. The third annual luncheon was generously underwritten by Lyn Baker.

To view the photo album, please click this link


Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party


The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center held its biennial fundraising event the Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party on Saturday, September 16th at the Performing Arts Center.

The Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party was a night of fine dining, live music, cocktails, and dancing as attendees celebrated local performing arts and discovered how integral all forms of creativity are to one another.

Dinner was served center stage in Harold Miossi Hall and was followed by an exclusive after party outside under the stars on the PAC loading dock. The after party was sponsored by Sidecar Cocktail Company and emceed by radio personality Adam Montiel.

The Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party raised almost $150,000. All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s arts education programs, including the Swanson Fund and the 2017 – 18 School Matinee season. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the arts in San Luis Obispo County.

Special thanks to Kristin Hoover of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Courtney Meznarich of Barnett Cox & Associates who co-chaired the event, as well as our wonderful honorary chairs, Candee and Bert Forbes.

To view the full photo album, please click this link.

We look forward to celebrating with you again at the Loading Dock Party on September 22, 2018.



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