GALA and Parties with a Purpose

The San Luis Obispo Symphony Gala Fundraiser was an evening to savor!!

Fun was had by all and we are so grateful for the support of those who attended, donated Live and Silent Auction items, are hosting a Party with a Purpose, bid on all of the great auction items, contributed to the Fund-a-Need and our volunteers and staff. We hope to see everyone again next year and more!! And if you want to join the Symphony fun, scroll down and buy a ticket to a Party with a Purpose - great events that support your San Luis Obispo Symphony.




Every year, an exclusive collection of delightful "Parties with a Purpose" are available for purchase at the Symphony GALA Fundraiser.  Donated by generous, fun-loving fans of the Symphony, these one-of-a-kind events are a great way to party with your friends and support the Symphony all at the same time. We are listing some of our Live Auction items to entice you to buy a ticket to the GALA.

Now, we are sharing our wealth of popular parties with everyone - and that means YOU! Join in the fun, purchase your tickets NOW and support your Symphony! Questions, please call Callie Cross, Patrons Services Manager, at (805) 543-3533

Arabian Nights

April 29, 2017
12 guests at $150 per person

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.” –  Kahlil Gibran

Enjoy an evening of Arab hospitality, delicious Levantine cuisine, friendship and laughter. The evening will start with traditional mezze appetizers and drinks while enjoying the stunning views from a private home. Dinner will be served barra (outside), weather permitting, and will feature small plates of several regional dishes. Fragrant desserts and cardamom spiced Turkish coffee are sumptuous ends to a perfect evening.  Ahlan wa Sahlan (welcome)!

Location: Private Residence in Arroyo Grande, CA
Hosts: Yousef and Michelle Hanafiah, Chase and Katie Martin





Kentucky Derby Day - A Day at the Races

May 6, 2017/1:30-4:30 p.m.
30 guests at $80 per person

Grab your hats and place your bets for the 143rd Kentucky Derby – “the greatest 2 minutes in sports.”  You’ll be in the garden of one of San Luis Obispo’s homes of distinction, but you’ll feel like you have been transported to Kentucky for the fun and excitement of an afternoon of Churchill Downs Derby races and betting. While you watch the races you will be savoring tasty appetizers and libations. Prizes for the best hats, Kentucky Derby trivia and winning race cards.

Location: Home of John and Deb Spatafore, San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Cindy Marie Absey and Barbara Nicholson




Piano Concert with Rei Hotoda

May 7, 2017
25 guests at $250 per person

Finish the Symphony season with an extraordinary musical treat. Accomplished pianist and conductor finalist Rei Hotoda will perform a solo piano recital at a private home for a few select guests. Repertoire for the concert will be Gershwin's Three Preludes, Albeniz's Evocation and El Puerto from Iberia Book I, Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse and Copland's Hoe Down from Rodeo. Not only is Ms. Hotoda a gifted pianist, but she is also the conductor who will lead the orchestra in the season’s final concert on May 6. Join Symphony friends for light refreshments and wine as you savor both epicurean and musical pleasures. This soiree promises to be the perfect venue for engaging this artist and celebrating the end of a successful season.

Location: Private Home, Los Osos (details will be provided to concert-goers prior to event)
Hosts: Ursula Fitzgerald and Michael Bell


We Love Rock n' Roll

July 22, 2017
30 guests at $100 per person

Get ready for a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, entertaining afternoon of rock and roll music. The band Backpages will take you back to the 60’s and 70’s with their retro sounds. Whether you sit back and listen or stand up and dance, you’ll be carried back in time.  Bring a healthy appetite because your dining selections will include improved versions of yesterday’s favorites along with a selection of beer and wine. Whether you come for the music, the food, or the camaraderie, you are sure to have a delightful experience.

Location: Home of Chris and Ann Slade, Bassi Ranch, Avila Beach
Hosts: Michael and Diane Draze, Judy Kambestad and George Shepherd


A Cuban Pig Roast

August 5, 2017
25 guests at $75 per person

You don’t have to go to Cuba; we’ve brought Cuba to you. Join the festivities and show as master pig roaster Michael Framberger roasts a whole pig in his Cuban roasting box. If you have not experienced this one-of-a-kind dinner, you are in for a treat. It’s crisp and slightly charred on the outside, fall-apart tender on the inside. Your unique meal will be accompanied by sauces and sides, adult beverages, and lip-smacking desserts; all served in the historic and recently refurbished parish hall of the Mission. This is one finger-licking, delicious dinner.

Location: Mission San Luis Obispo Parish Hall
Hosts: Liz and John Summer, Connie and Michael Framberger, Francie Levy, Diane Heath, 
Maurice and Susie Wedell


Perseid Meteor Dinner at Windrose Farm

August 12, 2017
24 guests at $125 per person

Join friends at Windrose Farm in rural Paso Robles for a night under the stars. Begin the evening with with beverages and a stroll around the farm that combines peace, harmony and organic farming. Following this leisurely beginning, the evening progresses with a succulent dinner prepared by hosts Barbara and Bill Spencer using their organic produce and locally-raised meat. Then as lights dim, sit back, relax and look to the skies to view the spectacular meteor show. You will be awe-struck by the wonders of nature that are revealed in this idyllic space.

Location: Windrose Farm, Paso Robles
Hosts: Barbara and Bill Spencer


The Ultimate Performing Arts Center Tour

August 27, 2027
16 guests at $100 per person

You won’t find another tour of the San Luis Obispo’s Performing Arts Center like this. Your afternoon will begin with a satisfying lunch catered by chef Rochelle Friedman.  After lunch Clifton Swanson will provide an entertaining presentation on the history of the Performing Arts Center. Following this presentation, you go to the PAC and see the building with new eyes as you understand more fully why it is so successful and why it is one of the finest and most flexible halls in the state. You’ll get to go everywhere and do everything. This entertaining afternoon will forever change your appreciation of the PAC.

Location: Home of Pam Dassenko and Cohan Center, Cal Poly
Hosts: Clifton Swanson, Pam Dassenko, Rochelle Friedman


Sip, Saunter and Sounds on San Luis Drive

September 10, 2017
20 guests at $125 per person

Enjoy Sip, Saunter and Sounds - a progressive dinner at three beautiful homes in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in San Luis Obispo. Begin the evening with tasty appetizers at one house, then move to another home for a mouth-watering main course. Finish the evening at the third home for dessert. Each course will be accompanied by select wines or after dinner drinks. Add a musical performance and you’ll agree that this is a must-do party. Your evening will combine the best of food, ambiance, libations, and conviviality. Marian Gilbert will perform on piano,

Location: three homes on San Luis Drive
Hosts: Jeff and Melodee Brady, Jeanne Potter, Ron Tilley, Kathryn Rogers



Brunch in a Secret Garden

October 1, 2017
12 guests at $100 per person

Beyond a tall, ivied wall and through a charming iron gate, lies a lovely secret garden. For Deb and John Spatafore, it’s the heart of their home and the location for a not-to-miss Sunday brunch. Both the Spatafores and their co-hosts, the Drazes, love to cook and entertain, and together they will prepare a cornucopia of gourmet delights using locally-sourced produce and meats, as well as libations from a well-stocked mimosa and bloody Mary bar. Musical entertainment will enhance the garden’s magical setting and the delicious array of brunch selections.

Location: Home of Deb and John Spatafore, San Luis Obispo
Hosts: Deb and John Spatafore and Dianne and Michael Draze