Good news and it's thanks to the kind generosity of our supporters of the arts from around the region.
South Shore Arts met this year's fundraising goal, netting more than $172,000 at this month's Beaux Arts Ball black tie charity dinner and dance gala.
The 19th annual event, held June 1 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, sported the fun 2012 theme "Show Me the Monet!" and a record 447 guests attended this year.
Tricia Hernandez, director of development for South Shore Arts, told me she was still receiving calls about reservations the morning of the ball and trying to fit additional tables and seats to accommodate.
South Shore Arts Executive Director John Cain said this year has been especially busy and beneficial to students from around Northwest Indiana because of the everykid arts education outreach programs.
Since the inception of its everykid program in 1995, South Shore Arts has developed many successful partnerships with schools and organizations in an effort to provide creative opportunities to more than 20,000 students and their families annually. And the span of children helped extends as far as small rural towns like Wheatfield and Demotte in Jasper County.
Among just a few of the names spotted mingling among the elegant array of guests include Mark Maassel, Chareice White, Harry Vande Velde, Cal Bellamy, Andrew Kyres, Raymundo Garcia, Karen Maravilla, Frankie Fesko, Gary and Shar Miller, Mike Rippey, Tom Keilman and Melissa Neff.
Our own Pat Colander, editor of Shore magazine, served as one of this year's chairs to coordinate the 2012 ball.
Up next for South Shore Arts, it's the summer highlight, which always includes a nod to Theatre at the Center's Theatre for Young Audiences, during the Sunday, June 24, one-day Center for Visual and Performing Arts Family Arts Festival.
Founded in 1991, Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional, equity theater located at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd. in Munster.
The annual Family Arts Festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. features food, games, prizes, art classes, rare backstage theater tours and surprises for family fun with little or no cost associated with most of the festival events, activities and programming.
Among this year's highlights is an appearance by the enormous plant puppet Audrey II, the star of next month's main stage theater production "Little Shop of Horrors" at Theatre at the Center running July 12 to Aug. 19.
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