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Celebrating the Cherry, our annual summer fundraiser, will be held at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts on June 23rd, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Monies raised will help us continue to provide quality artistic, educational and cultural programs for the residents of Monterey County. The evening will feature food and wine, nonstop entertainment, and photos highlighting the Cherry Center’s 70 year history in Carmel-by-the-Sea.This year we are honoring Professor Emeritus Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Monterey Peninsula College, and Art Curator Amy Essick, Montage Health/Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, for their ongoing  contributions to the arts.

For more than twenty years, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts has provided instruction in creative writing and poetry through the Cherry Center’s programs. Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College where he taught composition, literature, public speaking and humanities for 32 years, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts has published two chap books of poetry and co-author of Bowing to Receive the Mountain:  Essays by Lin Jensen and Poetry by Elliot Roberts. White Fire, a collection of poetry, was published last year.

Amy Essick is the Art Curator for Montage Health – Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.  Her responsibilities include the art collection located at the hospital and 18 existing and in-progress facilities from Salinas to Carmel. Amy’s work with art and beauty in the healthcare environment connects our patients and staff with the dynamic creativity in our region. The collection is solely derived from generous donations and contains objects from professional artists, students from Monterey County schools and the artist within us all.

Please be sure to join us for this festive event! Tickets for the event are $40 general admission ($45 after June 1st) and $20 for students, available through brownpapertickets.com or by calling (831) 624-7491.



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