On August 25, 2018, Grammy-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell performed during one of the most momentous nights of the summer art season: The Celebrity Benefit Concert and Pageant at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. The event was sponsored by Southern California Acura Dealers, KOST Radio 103.5 and Yamaha. “The concert was fantastic. Steve put on a fun and exciting concert that the audience loved,” said Special Events Director Susan Davis. Guests also enjoyed a private showing of the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show with the work of 140 Orange County artists on display.
After the concert, guests proceeded to the Irvine Bowl to enjoy a special performance of the Pageant of the Masters hosted by actress Sarah Drew. Drew is best known for her roles as Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Hannah Rogers on WB’s Everwood, and the voice of Stacy Rowe on MTV’s Daria. After a brief introduction, Sarah Drew then pulled the winning ticket for the Festival’s summer-long raffle. The winner of 2019 Acura RDX was Lisa Schabloski from Scottsdale, Arizona. After the winner was announced, guests enjoyed a captivating performance of the critically acclaimed Pageant of the Masters production of “Under the Sun.”
The gala event grossed approximately $200,000 for future arts programming and the Building Fund for improvements of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters facility.