MUSIC ACADEMY WOMEN’S AUXILIARY ANNUAL LUNCHEON

In the El Mar room of the Four Season’s Biltmore Hotel, the ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary celebrated the recent success of May Madness and extended a musical welcome to its new class of 2006-07. At the annual luncheon, each new member was introduced by her sponsor, who gave a brief history of their charitable activities and endeavors.

Elaine Toledo, May Madness co-chairman for the past two years, presented her sponsored new member, Jocelyne Meeker, a French woman who has served on other boards with Toledo. Active and sustaining members of the Auxiliary listed the accomplishments and endeavors of the 14 new women members presented at the luncheon.

Kathy Bielen, current Women’s Auxiliary chairman, will continue in her position for another action-packed year full of activities. Supporting Bielen will be Nan Holt as vice-chairman and Jane Catlett as recording secretary. This year’s assistant treasurer, Linda Chapman, was promoted as next year’s treasurer. Patricia Andersons joins Betsy Edwards to be Ways and Means co-chairmen, overseeing the resale clothing shop, The Rack, and antique shop, The Treasure House.

Music Academy President Nancy Bell Coe accepted a contribution made by the Women’s Auxiliary for two full student scholarships for the summer program. The Women’s Auxiliary supports the Music Academy through many venues, one of which is donating hours each month to help staff The Rack and The Treasure House. Active members during the summertime attend and collect tickets for masterclasses, concerts and events on the campus.

Montecito’s biggest estate sale of the year, May Madness, is also organized and manned by the ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary. A large portion of the funds raised at the various events are donated to the Music Academy Summer School and Festival, a full scholarship, eight-week course for aspiring musicians.