RAISED NEARLY $900,000 AT GALA 2013: 
ARTrageous ROCK


SANTA ANA, Calif. – March 19, 2013 – The Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), a nationally recognized arts school that provides bright and talented students with a creative and challenging educational environment, presented its Gala 2013: ARTrageous ROCK on March 9, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Irvine.  


More than 560 supporters of the arts were in attendance at the prestigious black-tie event, which raised nearly $900,000 and a net total of approximately $590,000 in support of OCSA’s award-winning arts education programs. OCSA must raise more than $6 million each year—approximately $3,800 per student—to continue offering a comprehensive arts program. 





The Fund-a-Dream portion of the evening raised $242,636--$62,636 more than last year--with a challenge gift of $50,000 from Marybelle and Sebastian Paul Musco.  Additionally, the live auction raised $57,000 and the silent auction raised more than $130,000. A pre-event online auction raised more than $10,000.  


At Gala 2013: ARTrageous ROCK, guests experienced an exclusive, one-of-a-kind concert performance featuring more than 250 of OCSA’s fabulous student artists in support of OCSA’s tuition-free arts and academic programs.  

Major sponsors and guests mingled with OCSA Foundation Board of Directors, OCSA Foundation Advisory Board, and OCSA Board of Trustees at a silent auction featuring items such as a private shopping experience at Saks Fifth Avenue South Coast Plaza valued at $5,000; a $5,000 Black, Starr & Frost shopping spree, two nights at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego, and a weekend AUDI A8 rental; a five-day, four-night African Sarafi for two; seven nights at Honua Kai luxury resort on Maui; one week at a one-bedroom beach apartment on the French Riviera; a day aboard a submarine and two nights at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego; and more.

Following the silent auction, guests enjoyed a dinner, student and alumni performance, and “Buy It Now” auction featuring student-focused opportunities, including performances by OCSA’s Jazz Quartet or String Trio; Montage, the school’s premier performing group; and Unplugged holiday carolers.

Guests also participated in a live auction featuring items such as:

Feature Film Walk-On Opportunity

Donated by Pamela & Tim Kashani


  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be showcased in a walk-on part in a feature film currently in development! 
  • Connect with entertainment industry experts, including the film’s producers…Tony Award-winning producers Pamela and Tim Kashani (Memphis, Hair)! 
  • Rare opportunity for an aspiring actor, actress or fan to be in an upcoming feature film without going through an agent—no hassles, no audition
  • Winner will experience what it’s like to work on a major motion picture movie set, experiencing all of the behind-the-scenes and production filming elements that only a select few are privy to
  • Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to kick-start your Hollywood career!



Ultimate Disneyland Resort and “Dancing with the Stars” Experience!

Donated by the Disneyland® Resort, ABC Television & Kaitlyn Jenkins


  • Accommodations for four (4) for one (1) night in your choice of one of the spectacular signature suites at the Disneyland Hotel
  • Reserved viewing for the amazing World of Color
  • Four (4) two (2)-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets
  • Dinner for four (4) at Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure Park’s newest restaurant offering modern cuisine from Chef Andrew Sutton
  • Four (4) VIP stage-level tickets to a Season 16 Competition Show broadcast of ABC Television’s “Dancing with the Stars”
  • Exclusivelunch with OCSA alumna and star of ABC Family’s television series “Bunheads,” Kaitlyn Jenkins


Interactive Cooking Experience with OCSA Master Chefs

Donated by OCSA Culinary Arts Conservatory, Chef Daniel Mattos & Chef Peter Striffolino 



  • Interactive cooking class for sixteen (16) to twenty (20) guests with OCSA’s Master Chefs, Daniel Mattos and Peter Striffolino, in the school’s beautiful, state-of-the-art instructional kitchen


  • Our talented Master Chefs will create a custom menu suited to your dining preferences and then guide you through a fun-filled, gourmet cooking experience in OCSA’s new kitchen. OCSA’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality students will assist as your group’s personal sous chefs


  • Celebrate your culinary masterpieces with cocktails in OCSA’s Event Center


  • Enjoy your one-of-a-kind dinner, served by our culinary students, with entertainment provided by OCSA’s bright and talented student artists



Private Jet & VEGAS VIP Getaway!

Donated by Michael F. Harrah of Caribou Industries

  • Round-trip travel on a private G4 jet between Long Beach and Las Vegas for up to eight (8) guests
  • Jet departs on a Saturday at 9:00 AM, returning Sunday at 1:00 PM
  • One (1) night accommodations in four (4) rooms for up to eight (8) guests at The Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort
  • $1,000 toward dinner at the restaurant of your choice
  • Premier seating for eight (8) at one of the following spectacular shows of your choice:
    • Blue Man Group 
    • Cirque du Soleil
    • Celine Dion
    • CeeLo Green
    • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
    • Shania Twain




Dinner and Wine Pairing with Napa Rose Five Star Executive Chef

Donated by Chefs Kate & Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose, Disneyland® Resort & Silverado Vineyards 

  • Exclusive dinner and wine pairing for twelve (12) to sixteen (16) guests in the comfort of your home
  • Meal prepared by the award-winning Chef Andrew Sutton, executive chef at the Napa Rose, the premier five-star restaurant in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa located at the Disneyland® Resort and his wife Kate Sutton, former executive chef of The Hess Collection and the French Room in Napa
  • These two chefs were recently invited to cook together at the acclaimed James Beard House in New York
  • Enjoy expertly paired wines by Silverado Vineyards
  • Premier entertainment provided by the bright and talented student artists of the Orange County School of the Arts


The evening’s performances highlighted the school’s talented students in a high-energy blend of classic, contemporary and symphonic rock music! This black-tie ballroom blitz synchronized choral sounds with dynamic ROCK vocals, along with pulsating guitars, powerful percussion and a full Symphony Orchestra playing new arrangements of some of ROCK’S most recognizable anthems ranging from Queen’s We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ and Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory, just to name a few.

The Gala 2013 Committee is comprised of the following prominent community leaders:

Foundation Board of Directors

Russell R. Stern-Chairman
Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D.-President and Executive Director
Deborah Bridges-Secretary
Kevin M. Tiber-Treasurer 

Executive Committee
Sally Andreatta
Missy Pace Callero
Bradley H. Ellis, J.D.
John Gates
Allan E. Lubitz
Jerry E. Mandel, Ph.D.
Scott R. Woolsey
Russ Van Cleve

Gil Benjamin
William E. Bloomfield
Andrew Blount
Bruce E. Chapman
Matthew K. Conover
Gary B. Conrad
Scott Emigh
Doug Garn
Kenneth B. Gerenraich, D.P.M.
Martin Howard
Robert J. Follman
Tim Kashani
Frank Kavanaugh
Eoin L. Kreditor, J.D.
Michal L. Mekjian, Jr.
Scott Michaelis
Alfredo Molina
Sebastian Paul Musco
Karen Child Ogden, MA, MFT
Barbara J. Rossier, Ed.D.
Kelly Smith

Advisory Board Chairman
Paul F. Folino

Advisory Board /Community Partners
Julia A. Argyros

Raj Bhathal
Patrick J. Dirk
Kris Elftmann
Robert J. Follman
Martin Hubbard
Jerry E. Mandel, Ph.D.
Sebastian Paul Musco
Rick J. Muth
Susan Samueli, Ph.D.
Ted Smith
Lewis Webb

Advisory Board / Strategic Partners

Dr. Joseph H. Arnold, Jr.
California State University, Fullerton

Robert Bassett
Chapman University

Dianne Cheney
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Dean Corey
Philharmonic Society of Orange County 

Robert A. Cutietta, D.Ed.
University of Southern California

Terrence W. Dwyer
Orange County Performing Arts Center

David Emmes, Ph.D.
South Coast Repertory

Peter C. Keller, Ph.D.
Bowers Museum

Joseph S. Lewis, III
University of California, Irvine

Kelly Ruggirello

Pacific Chorale


Carl St.Clair
Pacific Symphony

Richard Stein
Arts Orange County

Corporate underwriters of this event in support of OCSA’s comprehensive and progressive arts educational program include Advanced Litho Printing & Bindery; Alt-Senior Photography; Audi; Audio By The Bay Entertainment Group; Best of the Best Event Production; Brite Ideas; Dale J. Evers; Eric Anderson; Goodman Audio Services; Michael Schubert & Associates; Paul Mitchell: The School in Costa Mesa; Russian River Vineyards; Travis Wade Video / Revelation Films, Ltd.; Yellowline Media and more.  


Table sponsorship opportunities for Gala 2013 were available from $6,000 to $100,000. Event underwriting opportunities were available from $1,000 and up.  Individual tickets were available for $450 per person. 

Audi and Farmers & Merchants Bank are sponsors of OCSA’s 2012-2013 performance season. 

For additional information about Gala 2013: ARTrageous ROCK, please visit or contact Lori Kij at (714) 560-0900 ext. 5849 or

About Orange County School of the Arts:
The nationally recognized Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) provides a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts. Established in 1987, the school currently serves more than 1,850 students in grades 7-12. OCSA offers students the opportunity to focus on one of 12 arts conservatories offered, including classical/contemporary dance, classical voice, commercial dance, creative writing, culinary arts and hospitality, film and television, instrumental music, integrated arts, international dance, music and theatre, production and design and visual arts. 

OCSA is one of the top scoring academic schools in the State of California. The school has an API score of 908 and offers one of the top public high school academic programs in Orange County. It is the only specialized arts program of its kind in the region to offer tuition-free academic and arts instruction to students from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The non-profit school relies solely on private and corporate donations, totaling $6 million annually, to fund the 12 arts conservatories offered. For additional information, visit

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