Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert Honors Patty, Arthur Newman

Gala coincides with Arthur Newman's 90th birthday celebration



(From left) Jean Carrus, Arthur and Patty Newman, and Donald Osborne at the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert gala Jan. 26 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort.

Sherri Breyer

 

Philanthropists Patty and Arthur Newman have been two of the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert's most consistent supporters, and their efforts were trumpeted at the "Singing The Praises Gala" Jan. 26 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort.

Added fun was the announcement that the evening also celebrated Arthur Newman’s 90th birthday, and was held on what would have been the birthday of his brother, Academy Award winning actor Paul Newman. 

Both Patty and Arthur have had a desert home for 33 years. Arthur, former member of the Rancho Mirage City Council, is a retired film executive and a life member of the Directors’ Guild of America. He is a former member of the Joslyn Center board which named its theater after him. He is credited with encouraging the city of Rancho Mirage to develop its Public Library. He also forced a ballot measure to change the original concept for the site that is today The River.

Patty has served on many non profit boards in leadership roles including chairmanship of two Rancho Mirage City Commissions, former secretary of Palm Springs Art Museum Board of Trustees, Chair of the former Community Blood Bank and current Chair of Coachella Valley Wellness Foundation.

They are major contributors to Palm Springs Opera  Guild of the Desert and the Opera Guild’s annual Opera In The Park to be held April 6 at Sunrise Park. They are also affiliated with Newman’s Own Foundation started by Arthur’s brother. With a mission of “Giving It All Away,” Newman’s Own has given over $350 million to non-profit organizations worldwide since its inception in 1982.

Terry Hendrix, president, welcomed guests to the Singing The Praises Gala. Co-chairs Jean C. Carrus and Donald Osborne arranged entertainment by tenor Rodell Rosel accompanied by Mona Lands at piano.

The unusual (for an opera group) program was called “Musical Gold, Laughter and High Jinks” with songs from “New York, New York” to “My Way” and nary an opera aria sung by Rosel, an Opera Guild vocal scholarship winner in 2001 who has since performed with opera venues including The Metropolitan Opera in New York and LA Opera.

Dancing followed to Pat McCaffrey & The Whiz Kids Band and a huge after dinner birthday cake found all attendees singing "Happy Birthday" to the celebrant.   

The fun evening’s Platinum Sponsors were Newman’s Own and Joanne Woodward Newman. Gold Sponsors were Helene Galen, Harold and Dorothy Meyerman, Madeline Redstone, Jean Carrus, John and Amy Jo Gottfurcht-SSI Investments, Terry Hendrix, Donna MacMillan, Ann and Bill Scheffler, and Arline and Fred Simon.

Add your comment:
Desert Scene

Related Articles

Pets on Parade Celebrates Animal Lovers and Their Work

More than 400 animal lovers arrived July 13 at the Doral at Desert Princess Hotel to support Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and the Humane Society of the Desert, beneficiaries of the 16th annual Pets On Parade awards luncheon.

Palm Springs Life Unveils August Cover at Pets on Parade Event

The 16th annual Pets on Parade awards luncheon provided the perfect backdrop for announcing Palm Springs Life's Cutest Pet Award winner, who will grace the August 2014 cover.

AIDS Assistance Program Raffles Off 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet

AIDS Assistance Program is raffling off a 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet from Desert European Motorcars’ Audi Rancho Mirage to support the organization’s food voucher program.

Cool Jazz on a Hot Summer Day at Mission Hills Country Club

A hot summer day was the perfect time for more than 150 supporters of ACT for Multiple Sclerosis to gather at Mission Hills Country Club for cool jazz.

Palm Springs Modern Committee Honors PSUSD Students at Annual Scholarship Reception - June 17, 2014

Palm Springs Modern Committee celebrated three PSUSD high school graduates who were each awarded a one thousand dollar scholarship during a reception at the historic Desert Star.

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Enter your “Cutest Pet” photo in the Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest. Online users will be able to like the Cutest Pet photos from six (6) categories.