Hats Off to UCSB Arts & Lectures!

Posted on Jun 4 by SEASONS Magazine

Tony Bennett performed during UCSB Arts & Lectures’ gala fundraiser for its educational outreach programs May 22 at the Montecito Country Club. Photo by  Kimberly Citro, courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures

Tony Bennett performed during UCSB Arts & Lectures’ gala fundraiser for its educational outreach programs on May 22 at the Montecito Country Club. Photo by Kimberly Citro, courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures.

At age 86, he’s still got it! Tony Bennett serenaded over 200 guests with hits “The Good Life,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and, of course, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” at the Montecito Country Club for UCSB Arts & Lectures sold-out gala fundraiser—part of the five-year Campaign for Arts & Lectures.

The event, which took place May 22, raised $380,000 for A&L’s educational outreach, a program involving more than 30,000 college and school-aged students and community members. Also contributing to the event’s success were auction items including an Epiphone banjo signed by Steve Martin, tickets to see Martin at the Hollywood Bowl, an Eastman cello signed by Yo-Yo Ma, a meet-and-greet with Ma, a National Geographic Expeditions trip to Cuba and tickets to A&L’s National Geographic Live lecture series.

From left, Tony Bennett, UCSB Arts & Lectures Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci and her husband John Hajda during A&L’s gala fundraiser May 22 at the Montecito Country Club.

From left, Tony Bennett, UCSB Arts & Lectures Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci and her husband John Hajda during A&L’s gala fundraiser May 22 at the Montecito Country Club. Photo by Kimberly Citro, courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Many congratulations to the Arts & Lectures team who work so hard on funding outreach programs and securing one-of-a-kind performances and events for our students and community members. Our hats are off to you! For more information about the Campaign for A&L, click here.

—Colette Taylor

 

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