After several years’ hiatus putting on the event (thanks to North Fresno Rotary for taking the baton), Storyland & Jazz came home to CARC August 17, 2013. It was a rousing success.
Raising a net of more than $25,000, jazz musicians headlined by Karen Marguth, the After Dinner Mints, and Rumba 32 entertained the crowd during the evening. Guests were greeted by the college group The Jazz Extension, bid on silent auction items ranging from a Captain’s desk to art to jewelry, and enjoyed food from more than 15 local restaurants.
Club members spent hours and days preparing the park for the guests, helping clean up Storyland, adding flowers and landscaping elements, and painting the dragon and other characters enjoyed by all. We thank sponsors Dan Martin, Ann and Nat Dellavalle, and Granville Homes for their support. WATCH FOR AUGUST 2014 DATE COMING SOON!
Elizabeth began to study music in 5th grade at KIPP Academy. To challenge herself, she taught other struggling students and learned to play various woodwind and percussion instruments. She earned multiple summer music camp scholarships and a one-year scholarship to study with Dr. Riggs at Fresno State, where she learned the oboe.
Growing up working in the fields with her parents, until the age of 12 she lived in a two bedroom apartment with 20 people. She also faced the hardship of a tractor driving over her legs at age nine while working in the olive groves, but continued to attend school on crutches.
Her long-time teacher, Dr. Christine Montanez, describes Elizabeth’s initiative as “extraordinary” and notes her “hunger, humility and hard work coupled with her keen intelligence have elevated her to one of the finest students at ACEL.”
As a freshman at Big Picture High School, she found ways to attend music, anthropology, and archeology classes at City College. In April 2013, the Northern California Boys and Girls Club region recognized her as Youth of the Year.
Elizabeth is at University High School for her 2013-14 senior year and studying clarinet with Dr. Montanez’s own mentor while on the Fresno State campus. Elizabeth intends to attend and graduate from an Ivy League school as an engineer and also play clarinet at Carnegie Hall. Now she has her own clarinet for the journey.