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4th Annual Swanson Fund Brunch

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center’s fourth annual Swanson Fund Brunch honored Lorilee Silvaggio. As founder of the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, Lori is one of the most influential leaders in the history of the Central Coast’s performing arts community.

Lorilee’s tremendous influence is apparent throughout the Central Coast as Lorilee’s former students have gone on to attend Juilliard, perform internationally and open studios of their own. The beloved annual Nutcracker production, introduced by Lorilee, just celebrated its 41styear.

The year’s annual Swanson Fund Brunch event was held on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at the Performing Arts Center and featured a look back at Lori’s exceptional career and her enduring legacy. As tribute, dance and storytelling was presented by many of SLO’s most gifted performers.


Sidecar Loading Dock Party

The Sidecar Loading Dock Party was held September 22, 2018, on the loading dock at the Performing Arts Center.

This all-inclusive fundraiser featured specialty cocktails crafted by the team at Sidecar Cocktail Co., beer from Firestone Walker Brewing, wine from Tablas Creek Vineyard and Hope Family Wines, live entertainment, dancing, food and a “not-so-silent” auction!

All proceeds of the Sidecar Loading Dock Party supported the Foundation’s arts education programs including the 2018 -19 School Matinee Program which will bring 12,000 students to free performances at the PAC this season.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019 at the next Loading Dock Party!

See the full photo album from the Sidecar Loading Dock Party here

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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