Center for the Arts names main theater at “Enchanted” gala – YubaNet

The Grass Valley Center for the Arts held its annual gala on November 19 in its newly renovated theater. The theme of the evening was “Enchanted” with the venue taking on the ambience of a wonderful and sparkling fairyland.

The evening included a catered dinner by Antonio Ayestaran, a performance by the popular cover band Pop Rocks! and a live auction.

Thanks to the generosity of the evening’s attendees, the Arts Center raised $ 171,475 during the evening, an amount that will help fund the Centre’s ongoing mission to make the arts accessible to all and support the new educational program. du Center CRÉER – The Resource Center for education, the arts, theater and exploration.

Photo by John Taber

The highlight of the evening was the surprise announcement that the main showroom – formerly called Main Stage – will now be called The Marisa Funk Theater. Longtime supporter of the Center, philanthropist and founder of Mountain Peoples Warehouse (now known as United Natural Foods), Michael and Alicia Funk made a generous donation in memory of his recently deceased daughter, and the dedication was in his memory. The Center mourns the loss of Marisa, her family and friends.

Funk’s gift is the largest ever received by the Center and will name the Centre’s main theater in perpetuity. Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director, said: “I am deeply grateful to the Funks for recognizing the profound impact that the arts and this theater can have on our community. We are touched by this contribution to the memory of Marisa.

The Center for the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture within the community and aspires to continue its ‘arts for all’ campaign in County of Nevada and beyond. For more details regarding the gala and the Centre’s programming, please visit

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