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Storyland and Jazz 2014

Storyland and Jazz LogoThe Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno presents its annual fundraiser at Storyland. The evening includes food tasting from local restaurants, no-host bar, silent auction, and live jazz performed under the stars.

The entertainment for this year’s event is The Bourbon Street Beat, led by saxophonist Tom Wilson, a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music whose education also includes a stint in The Big Easy honing his craft. Tom is joined by a host of the Valley’s hottest and hippest young cats including Max Hembd on trumpet, Robert Ruffner on trombone, Kevin Hill on bass and tuba, and Tony Montanez on drums.

Also on tap is the youth group The Jazz Extension, a hit at last year’s event.  These college students bring their love of music and embody the culmination of the youth programs we support.

The event benefits Storyland and youth arts programs for under-served children. Tickets are available from any Cultural Art Rotary Club member or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Join us!

Storyland and Jazz a Success!

After several years’ hiatus putting on the event (thanks to North Fresno Rotary for taking the baton), Storyland & Jazz came home to CARC August 17, 2013. It was a rousing success.

Raising a net of more than $25,000, jazz musicians headlined by Karen Marguth, the After Dinner Mints, and Rumba 32 entertained the crowd during the evening. Guests were greeted by the college group The Jazz Extension, bid on silent auction items ranging from a Captain’s desk to art to jewelry, and enjoyed food from more than 15 local restaurants.

Club members spent hours and days preparing the park for the guests, helping clean up Storyland, adding flowers and landscaping elements, and painting the dragon and other characters enjoyed by all. We thank sponsors Dan Martin, Ann and Nat Dellavalle, and Granville Homes for their support. WATCH FOR AUGUST 2014 DATE COMING SOON!