Granada Theatre Legends Gala Co-Chairs Announced

Granada Theatre Legends Gala Co-Chairs AnnouncedThe Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA) is honored to announce the 4th Annual Granada Theatre Legends Gala on Friday, September 14, 2018. This stunning event is one of Santa Barbara's most impressive fundraisers and features inspiring honorees, extraordinary talent, and dedicated patrons in support of Santa Barbara's cultural community. This year's Legends Gala celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the historic Granada Theatre restoration, completed in 2008.
The SBCPA is pleased to announce the 2018 Legends Gala Co-Chairs, Stephanie Sokolove and Joan Rutkowski, who are supported by a dynamic committee including Meg Burnham, Annette Caleel, Belle Hahn Cohen, Bobbi Didier, Melody DuPrau, Mary Tonetti Dorra, Kate Firestone, Brooks Firestone, Audrey Hillman Fisher, Frank Goss, Erin Graffy, Roberta Griffin, Susan Gulbransen, Pamela Dillman Haskell, Irma Jurkowitz, Nina Phillips, Anne Sides, , Kirsten Springer, Anne Smith Towbes, Carol Wilburn and Joann Younger.
The highly anticipated Legends Gala is one of Santa Barbara's most extraordinary occasions. In addition to honoring their legends, the evening is a rare occasion for guests to celebrate on stage at The Granada Theatre, and enjoy performances throughout the evening by some of the brightest performing arts talent within Santa Barbara's cultural community.

This year's event will also pay tribute to the 10th Anniversary of The Granada Theatre renovation, and celebrate all that has been made possible for the region's thriving performing arts community. The historic restoration project was conceived to build a world-class performance hall for the Santa Barbara region's performing arts to call home for the next century to come. Input was solicited from Santa Barbara's premier performing arts companies regarding what technical and structural enhancements of the 85-year-old grande dame structure would be required to make The Granada Theatre their permanent home. The result was a beautifully restored Granada Theatre. In 2008, the renovated Granada Theatre reopened to the community.
The Granada Theatre has been a prominent landmark in Santa Barbara's thriving music and performing arts landscape for more than 90 years. All proceeds from the

Legends Gala will help to ensure that this state-of-the-art venue continues to actively engage the community through diverse performances and programming. In addition, funds raised from the gala will assist the SBCPA in its efforts to provide best-practices business and marketing support services for The Granada Theatre's eight resident companies and its Historic Theatre District partners.

For more information about tables and additional sponsorship opportunities for this exciting event, please contact Hayley Firestone Jessup, Vice President for Advancement, at 805-899-3000 or For more information, please visit
About The Granada Theatre

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), a privately-funded 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures).

The SBCPA's most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre. Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre has state-of-the-art electrical, sound, lighting and fly systems, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara's finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort. For more information please visit

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