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THE GREAT GATSBY WEEKEND


By Shelley Sherman, 2011-08-18
Anyone for Croquet?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rub elbows with the crème de la crème of high society? What about strolling along picturesque lawns, among rolling streams, in the shadow of the types of estates that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to pen his great American novel "The Great Gatsby". If you have ever desired to try your hand at living like the legends in Fitzgerald's classic, you are in luck!

Linda Knohl, Founder and President of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation (APAC), is going to make all of this possible when she hosts the Foundation's first major fundraiser of the year; "The Great Gatsby Weekend" at her estate August 27th and 28th.

Transformation
For two days in August, Knohl's own estate, Fox Pointe Manor, will be transformed into a Gatsby wonderland swirling with summer derbies, pastel parasols, silver- tipped walking sticks and elegant live entertainment from founding member organizations; the Orange County Symphony and the Anaheim Ballet.

Saturday August 27 is from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Sunday August 28 festivities are from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Tickets are $200 per person for Saturday, $95 per adult, and $40 for children (10 – 18) for Sunday and $250 per adult for both days. For more ticket information please contact Shelley Sherman at 714-980-0505


Linda Knohl - visionary.

While treating guests to a taste of the sweet life circa 1920 is Knohl's intention for this delightful weekend, it's not the ultimate goal of the event. Creating elaborately interactive and deliciously original fundraisers is one of Knohl's specialties. She has lent her extensive talents to numerous organizations including The Cancer Society, Muzeo, Hope Foundation, Paint Your Heart Out, CHOC and Musical Theatre West.

But none are as close to her heart as the APAC Foundation, whose sole mission is to build and maintain a state-of-the-art performing arts center for the city of Anaheim. The proceeds from the Gatsby weekend go to help maintain the foundation while it builds on the capital campaign started last year to raising funds to build the building.

Only a dream?
What started largely as a dream among Anaheim residents to establish and nurture the arts in the community has become a full campaign led by Knohl and her co-founders Dorothy Rose of the Orange County Symphony and Larry and Sarma Rosenberg of the Anaheim Ballet.

Nearly five years into the journey, APAC has attracted the support of dozens of local business owners and residents as well as garnering support among city officials including Mayor Tom Tait and his wife Julie who is also serving as Honorary Chair of the Great Gatsby event. With support like this is seems likely that Knohl's dream of a state of the art performing arts center is sure to be a reality.

Just like something out of Fitzgerald's epic tome, for Knohl and the APAC Foundation, this adventure is a sweet mixture of culture, vision and destiny. A grandness worthy of The Great Gatsby himself.

Background on the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation
In January of 2007, Linda Knohl, local philanthropist and arts advocate for the City of Anaheim, speaking for the Stage/Musical Theater Performing Arts, the Anaheim Balletand the Orange County Symphony, made a presentation to the Anaheim City Council. During this presentation, Linda shared her vision: Ensure the performing arts remain an essential part of the tapestry of Anaheim by establishing an Anaheim Performing Arts Center (APAC).

She asked for the council’s acknowledgement and advocacy in the efforts to bring all these great art institutions under one roof. In doing this, the City of Anaheim, renowned for its superb sports and entertainment industries, would also be recognized as a worldclass contender in the mosaic of the cultural and performing arts.

City support
The City Council of Anaheim expressed definite interest in the project and approved the establishment of a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation to begin the process of developing plans.

They also agreed to provide the APAC Foundation with suitable property on which to build the proposed venue.

Mission Statement
The Anaheim Arts Center Foundation is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a Performing Arts Center in the City of Anaheim.

The purpose of the center is to enhance the quality of life of Southern California, as well as the international community.

In addition, the center educates, inspires and engages the underserved by making the arts accessible through it Educational Community Outreach Programs.

Contact Shelley Sherman: 714-980-0505

 

 

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