SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (Nina Welch)
In an effort to raise money for performing arts scholarships, the Angels for the Arts hosted a fundraising event by inviting “Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit” to the McKinney April 27.
“We decided what we wanted for a fundraiser,” said Carole Zellinger, board president for the Angels of the Arts. “We’ve been working really hard and we want every dollar we can to give back to the students.”
According to Fine Arts Public Information officer Nina Welch, the event raised over $16,000.
Some of the membership tickets and all of the concession proceeds are going directly to four scholarships offered to performing arts students in the areas of music, fine arts, dance, and theater/speech and debate.
“This is the first year we are offering scholarships to students,” Zellinger said. “Each scholarship is $500, and we’re hoping to offer more next year.”
In addition to the concessions and ticket prices, a silent auction was held before the show and during intermission. Ticket-holders were able to bid for items such as rounds of golf, dinner and tickets to a local performance and Saddleback student art.
For the first time ever, alcoholic beverages were sold on campus at the event.
“It’s a brand new board policy that allows wine to be sold on campus strictly for fundraisers that benefit the Foundation or its auxillary groups like the Angels,” said Rocky Cifone, Dean of Fine Arts. “We sold our first glass of wine today and the earth did not open up. People are normal, there are no riots.”
No riots outside, but inside the hysterical cast of “Forbidden Broadway” was a complete riot, imitating and mocking current and former Broadway performers and shows.
Not only does the money raised benefit the students directly, but also patrons of Saddleback arts.
“We purchased a six-seater tram to transport people from the parking lot,” Zellinger said. “We had to get an extra-large motor to get up the hill.”
To make a donation to the Angels for the Arts or to purchase season tickets, contact Cathy Beres at (949) 582-4763.
DO I HEAR $100 (Nina Welch)