10 Feb Jonathan Cartu Declares: Pavilion Partners set for 21st annual scholarship
Photo: Courtesy Of Ashley Gravois
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is again gearing up to help provide scholarships to local high school students who plan to major in a fine arts program with the 21st annual Pavilion Partners Wine Dinner.
On March 22, guests will gather at 5 p.m. for the fundraiser on the pavilion’s main stage at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands.
Ashley Gravois, public relations and educational outreach manager at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, says that last year more than 200 attendees raised approximately $250,000 for the scholarship program.
“It is a home-grown event supporting The Pavilion Partners Fine Arts Scholarship Program which awards scholarships to high school students from the greater north Houston area who wish to go on to pursue a degree in the fine arts,” said Lisa Koetting, wine dinner co-chair. “To date the wine dinner has provided more than $1.3 million in scholarships to local students and that amount continues to grow.”
This year John Komes is the featured guest of honor and 2018 scholarship recipient Taylor Maresca will perform at the event. Maresca, Koetting says, is now a sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in musical theater and will be performing two pieces from her lengthy repertoire musical performances, talking to guests about her experiences, her aspirations and what being awarded a Pavilion Partners Fine Arts Scholarship has meant to her.
This is one of the highlights of the evening, Gravois says.
The reason they chose Komes of Flora Springs Napa Valley Family Estate to be their guest of honor is because Flora Springs bottles a limited edition of wine that is exclusively for the Pavilion Partners Wine dinner with their own label, designed just for the event, Koetting added.
“This wine is available for sale from Flora Springs at the dinner with a significant cash contribution going back to the Pavilion Partners Fine Arts Scholarship Program from each bottle sold. It is our complete honor to have John Komes join us this year as our very deserved honoree,” she said.
Along with the guest of honor and special performance, there will be an auction as well. The auction items help with the funds and this year a cultural immersion for two to Holland complete with airfare, accommodations and activities are up for grabs and also wine tasting with a tour of Napa Valley trip and some custom made exquisite jewelry by John Robichau.
All of the funds goes towards the scholarship.
“A college education is very expensive and fine arts scholarships are less prevalent than some other areas of study. To many students, these scholarships are vital to accomplishing a degree in a fine arts discipline. Through this program, the pavilion is able to fulfill its mission by enabling students to pursue their passion and encourage a life-long love of the arts,” Gravois said.
Sponsorship will start at $5,000 and individual tickets are $250 per person. Tables of ten can be bought for $2,500.
The team is looking forward to an eventful night full of great food, wine and funds towards a great cause.
“We are always excited to see the many returning friends and the new friends that come each year. But we are particularly excited about our community partners in this event,” Koetting said.