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It’s Not Too Late for Your Evening in Paris!


Tickets for the 21st Annual San Luis Obispo Symphony Ball & Auction are still available

Travel back in time and across the pond to 1890s Paris for a memorable evening of music, dancing, dinner, and a spectacular live auction. Tickets are still available for “La Belle Epoque,” to be held Saturday, February 28th at 6 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel Grand Ballroom in San Luis Obispo.
“We are especially excited about the live auction this year,” said the Symphony’s Patty Thayer. “Imagine spending one glorious week in a romantic flat in historic Paris, or basking in sunny Cabo San Lucas in a 4-bedroom villa. Or how about the natural splendor of a cabin in Yosemite, a heavenly Hawaiian vacation, or a jazzy week in New Orleans’ French Quarter? We can’t wait to witness the bidding on these and so many more live auction items.”
A diamond necklace, vintage wines, your own private Honey Hut, a Pebble Beach golfers package, and Dodgers baseball tickets are among the other items being offered to bid at the gala event.
“The annual Ball and Auction is also a critical fundraiser for the Symphony,” said Thayer. “Your purchase of any of these unique and valuable items helps to raise more than $50,000 each year in support of the Symphony’s extensive artistic and music education programs reaching more than 16,000 children and adults every year.”
A champagne reception begins the evening, with popular local musicians, Café Musique, providing the entertainment. A sumptuous dinner is followed by the Symphony Honors, this year honoring Pam Dassenko – esteemed concertmistress, successful dentist, music education advocate, and generous volunteer. NEW at the Symphony Ball this year, are twenty exclusive “Parties with a Purpose” donated by friends of the orchestra.  These unique parties and events range from Brunch at the Chapman House-By-the-Sea and Dinner at the Maestro’s Home to Cheese-Making and Jewelry-Making classes at lovely private homes.  All of these events are listed on the Symphony website and available for purchase NOW as well as at the Symphony Ball.
The sure-to-be lively live auction will round out the evening, and you can celebrate your winning bid by dancing the night away with the always-popular Central Coast DJ, Ronnie Simons.


February 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Verdin Marketing Ink Owner, Mary Verdin Tapped for Who’s Who List


Pacific Coast Business Times announces this year’s Who’s Who in Marketing, Advertising, and PR. President and CEO of Verdin Marketing Ink, Mary Verdin, was selected for Who’s Who in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations in an announcement by Pacific Coast Business Times (PCBT) publishers today. Selected from a large pool of applicants, Verdin’s name will appear in the February 20, 2009 issue.

Five years ago, Verdin took her 13 years of experience in marketing and public relations and started her own company. Since then, Verdin Marketing Ink has expanded in every way – outgrowing two office spaces and growing to a staff of 10. The company has earned multiple awards for excellence in the industry, and currently has an impressive list of 35 clients across five counties, a roster of over 20 “adopted” non-profit agencies, and a reputation for both great work and great generosity. Most recently, the company has become affiliated with national marketing firm RIESTER, combining talents to offer the best service and the best results to selected clients in California.

“I am surprised and thrilled with this announcement. I had no idea I’d even been nominated, and the fact that it came from VMI staff really means a lot,” Verdin said. “It’s a terrific honor to be included in such great company.”

“While giving back is always its own motive,” said Verdin in a recent interview,
“It’s been proven that businesses who support their communities have experienced great successes. It’s a philosophy we recommend to our clients all the time.”

February 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Charitable Giving Finds Renewed Energy in the New Year


The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation Announces                         2009 Board Members and Welcomes New Office Manager

The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation’s (SLOCCF) Board of Directors and Officers for 2009 were announced in late January, just as they also welcome new Office Manager, Kim L. Ramos to the staff.  Following is the 2009 Board of Directors:
Wendy Brown, President (San Luis Obispo)
Dee Lacey, Vice President (Paso Robles)
Bill Raver, Treasurer (Morro Bay)
Barbara Bell, Secretary (San Luis Obispo)
Lyn Baker (Cambria)
Barbie Butz (Atascadero)
Nancy DePue (Arroyo Grande)
John Dunn (Avila Beach)
Lee Hollister (San Luis Obispo)
Steve Jobst (Shell Beach)
Mike Miner (Grover Beach)
Barbara Partridge (Paso Robles)
Ann Robinson (San Luis Obispo)
Nick Thille  (Avila Beach)
As the Foundation enters its second decade of service, Executive Director Barry VanderKelen, along with the SLOCCF staff and Board, have high hopes for the new year, even in a distressed economy.
“The generosity of this community is a proven commodity, even in difficult times,” said VanderKelen. “We intend to work hard this year to ensure that our philanthropic efforts remain vigorous and that the many sectors of our community that are helped by them will continue to be supported.”
Providing strong support for the Foundation’s incoming Board and its officers is recently hired Office Manager, Kim L. Ramos. Bringing more than 20 years experience to the position, Ramos has worked as a legal secretary in San Luis Obispo and in San Francisco, and spent 13 years as office manager for Earthjustice, a national non-profit environmental law firm based in Hawaii.
“Kim has a terrific mix of administrative and technical abilities,” said VanderKelen. “We are fortunate to have someone with her depth of experience join our team.”
Through the vision and guidance of the original founding members in 1998, SLOCCF has raised the impact of charitable giving to new heights in the local community. In only 10 years, SLOCCF has grown its endowment to $24 million, and granted more than $12 million through its 200 funds and scholarships. For more information on the SLOCCF or any of its individual funds, call 543-2323 or log onto http://www.sloccf.org.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Verdin Marketing Ink and RIESTER are Combining Talents


Verdin Marketing Ink is affiliated with national marketing firm RIESTER, combining talents to offer the best service and the best results to select clients in California. RIESTER is among the largest advertising agencies in the southwestern United States with more than 110 employees, offices located in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, and additional full-time staff located in Denver and Seattle. Together the Verdin | Riester Team Listens Harder, Thinks Bigger and Works Smarter for client success.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Children Find Out That Orchestras Have Families, Too!


SLO Symphony to bring “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” to the PAC thanks to generous donation from Central Coast Funds for Children and others

A $2,500 grant from Central Coast Funds for Children will help bring this year’s Children’s Concerts to the Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 30th 2009 at 9:30 & 11:30 am.  Elementary school children from all over the county will be treated to one of the most well-known orchestral works written just for young listeners. Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra will be performed by the San Luis Obispo Symphony at the Christopher Cohan Center. Through Britten’s music, Maestro Michael Nowak will introduce the young audience to each section, each instrument of the orchestra.

In the course of the concert, children will learn about each family of instruments― strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Always accessible, and immensely entertaining, Maestro Nowak makes this concert a favorite event among students and teachers alike.

“A perfect complement to the programs we bring to the schools, such as Everyday Etudes and Strings in the Schools, these concerts reinforce what students are learning in the classroom,” says Andrea Stoner, the Symphony’s Music Education Director. “It’s our way of making sure that students have the opportunity to experience live classical music, and that music continues to be a part of the educational curriculum even as the lack of funding in our schools makes that more and more difficult.

This year’s Children’s Concerts are also made possible by generous donations from Brendan V. & Kathryn L. McAdams, Café Roma and the Rizzo Family, and Rabobank―the Symphony’s signature Music Education Sponsor for 2009.

Tickets are $8 per person for groups of 20 or more; individual tickets are $10. A limited number of tickets are still available for both the 9:30 and 11:30 am performances.  Teachers are encouraged to make reservations early for this almost always sold-out event. For more information, or to order tickets, call (805) 543-3533, extension 103. Or log on to http://www.slosymphony.org.

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment