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Foundation Benefit Concert Jan. 19

http://grabyourseat.brownpapertickets.com/The Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District will host a benefit concert in the newly opened Richards Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Featuring the pop music group PostModern Jukebox, the event will also launch the Foundation’s “Grab Your Seat’ commemorative naming initiative for the Center.

 PostModern Jukebox is a rotating music collective known worldwide that creates twists on today’s pop music hits, reimagining modern songs into different vintage genres, especially swing and jazz. Tickets range from $75 for rear orchestra to $125 for front orchestra and are available at http://grabyourseat.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling (760) 416-8455.

The band covers songs by artists ranging from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to the White Stripes. Over the years, the group has featured more than 70 different performers and has toured four continents. The January 19 event will be their Coachella Valley debut. 

The benefit is co-chaired by Harold Matzner and Helene Galen, and event ambassadors include Michael Childers, Terri Ketover and Ann Sheffer. Debbie Green, of Deb Len Productions, is producing the event.

The “Grab Your Seat” initiative is the cornerstone of an ambitious five-year capital fundraising campaign for arts education in Palm Springs Unified. The program provides patrons the opportunity to name a theater seat, gallery space or other building amenity in their or a loved one’s honor, designed by commemorative plaques, nameplates and custom lettering.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of this wonderful new venue with world-class entertainment of this caliber,” said Ellen Goodman, executive director of The Foundation . “The PostModern Jukebox benefit concert is a powerful way to bring attention to our ‘Grab Your Seat’ initiative. This will be a fantastic and fun evening, unlike anything else going on this season.”

The newly opened Richards Center for the Arts was named by lead donor and Palm Springs philanthropist Rozene Supple.  Designed in 1958 by architect E. Stewart Williams, it recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that reinvigorated and retooled the Valley film, concert, and theatrical venue into a state-of-the-art performance space for students and Valley culture-lovers alike.

“This historic building has served the Coachella Valley for nearly 60 years, and has hosted world-class popular and classical entertainment of all kinds, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival,” explained Goodman. “We are thrilled to provide the public with the opportunity to be a visible part of the revamped facility through our seat- and interior amenity-naming campaign. Our ‘Grab Your Seat’ naming initiative now enables donors to directly enhance the education and the lives of district students and helps make possible arts education of all kinds in our region for decades to come.”

Members of the public can name a seat in the auditorium for $500. For more information on seat or other naming opportunities, contact Goodman at (760) 416-8455 or e-mail egoodman@psusd.us.