BONJOUR! FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY ARTS HOSTS “PARIS HOLIDAY” TEA DEC. 14

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By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2019 (El Cajon) – Friends of East County Arts, Inc. cordially invites you to “PARIS HOLIDAY,” the theme of this year’s annual holiday tea on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Hall (405 Ballard St. in  El Cajon).  

Don your fancy hat to enjoy champagne, tea, scones and desserts on fine holiday tableware. There will also be door prizes and opportunity drawings plus entertainment including a performance by the Valhalla High School Dance Program, one of the recipients of this year’s grants.  

Through the years, the 501c3 nonprofit Friends of East County Arts, Inc. has raised over $875,000 in funds for growth and development of the live performing arts and to support fine arts and artists in San Diego’s East County.

The primary recipients of these funds have been local children through mini-grants to elementary grades through community colleges, and to community organizations that support arts education and appreciation. As funds for arts programs in public schools has diminished to minimal amounts, FRIENDS has strived to raise funds to help fill this gap.  

Over 350 guests are expected at the Paris Holiday Tea, according to publicity chair Liz Taylor.  “For the first time, we will be recognizing an Outstanding Visual and/or Performing Arts Teacher in the Grossmont Union High School District with a $1,000 award, which will be presented at the Tea.  Also new this year will be three Grossmont Union High School District visual and performing arts student scholarships. Scholarships will be $1000.00 each and will be presented in the spring,” she says.

The organization hopes to make these awards an annual event and to expand the number of scholarships it is able to give each year. 

For reservations and more information, visit https://www.friendsofecarts.org/ or contact Kristina Dendy at 619-884-8598 or kdendy@cox.net.

PHILANTHROPY GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR 2019

This year, Friends of East County Arts has been able to distribute $30,860 to the following East County schools and community associations:

EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY

EL CAJON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

GROSSMONT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FOUNDATION

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

OLAF WIEGHORST MUSEUM FOUNDATION

PETER OAN THEATER

HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL BAND REGIMENT

ST. MADELEINE’S SOPHIE CENTER

BOULDER OAKS ELEMENTARY

CREST STEAM ACADEMY

FLYING HILLS ELEMENTARY

LA MESA ARTS ACADEMY

W.D. HALL ELEMENTARY

SAN MIGUEL ELEMENTARY

MONTOGOMERY MIDDLE SCHOOL

PARKWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL

TIERRA DEL SOL DANCE, DRAMA KTDS

GUHSD ART COUNCIL

EL CAPITAN HIGH SCHOOL

HELIX HIGH SCHOOL DANCE

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL BAND

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL 3-D ART

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL THEATER

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL BAND

VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL DANCE

VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

VALHALLA HIGH SCHOOL THEATER

WEST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

 

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