More than $30,000 in funds to benefit the Tucson staple, Rialto Theater, were collected on Feb. 15 during the second-annual Rialto Theater gala.
As usual, the Rialto staff was welcoming and the event was well run. Dan Marries, from KOLD Channel 13 was the MC, and he kept the program on stage moving at a comfortable pace as the crowd intermittently listened and visited with each other..
The marquee sponsor of the event was the Jim Click Automotive Team and its purpose was to raise funds for the Rialto Theatre Foundation. The evening included snacks, beer and wine tasting, then a main course of food from a variety of local restaurants, including El Charro Café, Hub & Playground and Thunder Canyon Brewery, desserts from Bunz in the Oven Bakery and Hacienda del Sol, among others and then late-night snacks from World of Beer and Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch.
The food was wonderful, and it was great to see so many local eateries come together to support the Rialto.
During dinner, entertainment was provided by Gabriel Ayala playing classical guitar interspersed with visits from the lovely ladies of Black Cherry Burlesque. A live auction was held and then the audience was treated to the music of 60s Bandstand to close out the festivities
The business of raising funds was accomplished by silent auction, live auction and raffle prizes. The auction items were donated from a wide variety local businesses, too numerous to mention here. Items included gift certificates for a wide variety of goods and services from local businesses. The most eye catching part of the evening was all of the beautiful art work that was donated by local artists. The art and business communities came together to offer up a wide variety of prizes for the lucky winners.
The event was well attended, and judging from the tone of the conversations, everyone had a good time.