The Virginia Avenue Project will honor Project parent and community activist Consuelo Perez, and the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Santa Monica at “Commotion by the Ocean,” its jubilee benefit, on Thursday, September 29, at Hotel Casa Del Mar.
The long-running Virginia Avenue Project is a free, after-school program that uses one-on-one mentoring in the performing arts to help underserved children realize their full potential by developing their skills and giving voice to their creativity in an on-going sequence of arts and academic programs.
“Commotion by the Ocean” will celebrate the Project’s thirteen-year presence in the Santa Monica community, and honor two of its most faithful supporters.
Project parent and community activist Consuelo Perez will receive “The Passionate Dedication Award.” She is co-president of Spirit of Love/English Learners’ Advisory Committee, a Santa Monica High School parent group that engages Latino families and students in college preparation, school activities, and community politics. All four of her children have been involved with the Project, and she played a vital role in introducing the Project to other families and community members.
According to a Project spokesman, the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Santa Monica “plays a vital role in upholding Santa Monica’s commitment to the arts and artists. Its support of the Project and other community arts organizations contribute to the vitality and vibrant cultural life of Santa Monica.” It will be given the Community Enrichment Award.
Everyone is invited to attend the benefit, which will feature dinner, dancing, a silent auction featuring the best of Santa Monica, and entertainment by the Miles Mosley Band and a presentation by Project kids.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at Casa Del Mar, at the west end of Pico Boulevard on the beach. Tickets are $150 for individuals, $250 for couples, $1,000 for tables of ten. For reservations, call (310)-264-4224.For more information about the project, visit www.VirginiaAvenueProject.org