April 24, 2009

Bolles Arts Foundation to Award First Scholarships at Benefit Concert

Chula Vista – Golf legend Billy Casper, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, humanitarian Gemma Bulos, and nationally-renowned composer Dr. Patrick Bradley will be honored at the Bolles Arts Foundation Scholarship Benefit Concert May 15 at New Hope Community Church.

Historians and peers consider Casper one of the best golfers ever. He won 51 times on the PGA tour, including three majors, and is ranked as one of the sport’s all-time greatest putters.

Ron and Reina Bolles will present a special arts service award to recognize Casper and his wife, Shirley, for 17 years of continuous financial support for kids and the arts in Chula Vista.

“It’s been such a joy for Shirley and I to provide opportunities in the arts for these young people over the years,” said Casper. “We appreciate being recognized by the Bolles at this year’s benefit.”

The benefit will take place in the 600-seat worship center at the recently dedicated New Hope Community Church, which is adjacent to the Olympic Training Center in Eastlake. All proceeds go to funding university scholarships in the arts.

“We’re thrilled to host this year’s benefit concert,” said Pastor Russ Cox. “Earlier this spring, Ron and Reina founded the New Hope Arts Academy on our new campus which has already attracted 170 children who participate in music, dance and art.”

Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron will be a charter inductee of the Arts Foundation Hall of Fame. A 1980 graduate of Bonita Vista High, Cameron was a major player in the development of the “Seattle Sound” in rock music in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. His tasteful and inventive playing turned heads and earned him a spot in Soundgarden prior to his current gig with Pearl Jam.

After playing at a memorial benefit concert for famed drummer Buddy Rich, Cameron was recognized as not only a powerful yet graceful rock drummer, but also a musician skilled in jazz.

“The Bolles taught me a lot about being professional at an early age and, most of all, made it fun to go to high school,” said Cameron.

Singer/songwriter Gemma Bulos (BVHS 1984) is coming to San Diego between work stops in the Philippines and Africa with her humanitarian project A Single Drop.

Bulos wrote the song “We Rise” following a fateful turn of events that caused her not to be in the World Trade Center where she was scheduled to speak on 9/11. “We Rise” became the impetus behind her Million Voice Choir project that has taken Bulos around the world.

She has performed at numerous international conferences and advocated for “Music, Water and Peace.” She has shared stages with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anthopologist Dr. Jane Goodall, folk legend Pete Seeger, Mrs. Kofi Annan and writer Marianne Williamson.

The Bolles Arts Foundation was created in June of 2008 upon Ron Bolles’ retirement from the Sweetwater Union High School District after 36 years in music and arts education. The first benefit concert was attended by 160 people and raised about $10,000 for the foundation.

Many of entertainers who will perform at the benefit concert are professionals who are former students of Bolles at Bonita Vista and Chula Vista high schools. Local performers Clint Bell, Ruben Padilla and Andria Elam will share emcee duties.

“It’s great seeing all these people come back after all these years,” said Elam, who won the Miss California crown in 2006. “It demonstrates the impact that the Bolles have had on so many lives. It’s a great example of the local arts community coming together to help young aspiring performing artists.”

“For everyone who attends it is part concert, part reunion and a whole lot of fun all for a great cause,” she said.

“Our foundation is a way for us to give back to the community while supporting our passion for arts advocacy and education,” said Ron Bolles. “We hope the community will join us for a wonderful evening of entertainment. This will definitely be a feel-good experience!”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Dessert is included. For tickets or to make tax-deductible donations contact Ron Bolles at (619) 997-9818.

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