BENEFIT GALA – Bring your shades and fedoras for an evening of “A Bowl Full of Blues” - With the 2009 Summer Bowl Season rapidly approaching, it’s time to mark your calendars for an evening of blues to benefit the Redlands Bowl Association.

Guests will be treated to excellent food, entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on exciting and unique items at a silent auction.  There will also be a live auction that promises to be the highlight of the evening.  Last year’s auctions were a smashing success and helped to raise a large portion of the $135,000.00 donated to the Redlands Community Music Association.

At the annual Redlands Community Music Association dinner, the theme was announced.  The benefit gala’s co-chairs, Lisa Topoleski, Chelle Russell-Heinze and Barbara O’Keefe announced the theme for this year’s event in full Jake and Elwood “Blues Brothers” regalia, with clues (Blue’s, of course).

Guests are invited to dress in the theme of the event.  The diversity of the “blues” in America should result in many creative costumes.  One of the memorable events of the gala is people watching – viewing and taking pictures of the attire guests are wearing to the event.

This annual event, which helps raise thousands of dollars in support of the Redlands Community Music Association’s Summer Music Festival is the premier party for supporters of the Redlands Summer Music Festival.  The associate’s first fund raising benefit dates back to 1957 and was held at the beautiful Arrowhead Springs Hotel.  Starting in 1965, the fund raising benefits have been held annually.  A variety of themes and locations have been used over the past few decades and the associates work intently every year to come up with new and exciting themes.

The Redlands Community Music Association was founded by Grace Stewart Mullen, whose vision was that “music is for everyone” and should be accessible to all, regardless of their ability to pay admission.  A brief encounter at a local grocery store brought together the support of Carolyn S. Pike, a newcomer to the Redlands Community.  Impressed by Grace’s zeal to expand and improve the Summer Music Festival, Carolyn S. Pike founded the “Associates of the Redlands Bowl” in 1950.  The purpose of this energetic group of women was, and still is, to assist the Redlands Community Music Association in fund raising and to be the official hostesses throughout the Music Festival.

This summer’s line-up opens with the traditional Symphony concert with Rita Coolidge, Maestro Frank Fetta will be conducting.  There are many more superb groups to follow from sounds of Riders of the Purple Sage to the Marine Band…a sure cure to the Summertime Blues.  (Please see for a complete schedule)

For reservations and further information, call (866) 999-BOWL.  Tickets are $95.00 per person and patron tables are available for $1,200.00.