The BOOM! Festival raised approximately $35,000 for the Family Partnership Charter School, which has a local chapter in Solvang and serves Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

BOOM! Festival supported Family Partnership Charter School and young artists

 

The event sold 150 VIP tickets and approximately 270 general admissions.

One hundred percent of the money raised will be used for the school’s computer technology and enrichment activities, according to Tom Goodman, executive director of the school.

The school is an independent home-study charter school, a kindergarten through 12th grade public school that has about 150 pupils this year from the Valley. Thirty-two seniors graduated this year.

“Different people are there for different reasons,” said Tom Goodman, executive director. “Our focus is on making it work    you’ve got to make it work for the kids and families. Each child that comes in gets an assessment and an individualized learning plan. A prime example would be a fourth grader in pre-algebra; we take them from where their skill level is, and we carry them forward from there. Some of the students are enrolled in classes at Alan Hancock. We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities, such as archery, tennis, cooking and art.”

 

 Elisabeth Galvin, one of the event organizers and sponsors of BOOM!, said “it was a great evening, really nice. Everybody that came wanted to participate in the festival, and people stayed a long time — three hours or more. The kids had a blast and thought it was a good idea.” Elisabeth and her husband John own and operate the ceramic studio Le Studio of Solvang and gourmet dessert and snack food companies Delyse and Snackaroo.

Elisabeth also said that she was thanked profusely by the young artists, who enjoyed the venue and the chance to perform on stage. The event gave them the opportunity to be real performers, with stage makeup, lights and cameras. The Galvins’ own daughter Gina, 9, is “And” in the trio Sweet And Sour with two other nine-year-olds, Stephanie Davidson (Sweet) and Kaley Thatcher (Sour). Sweet And Sour performed a song, “Horizon Sun,” which they wrote themselves and performed a capella.

Elisabeth, who also works as a French teacher at the school, said, “I always tell children that ‘your dreams can come true. You are what you think, and what you wish can come true.’ This was really fun for them, to see their dreams come true.”

 

The performers were local artists Jackson Campbell and The Drive, Dylan Schmidt, Sweet & Sour, Antonio Barrett and Dane Anderson, Alec Hanna and Jordyn Shellhart. Nashville twins Kate and Kacey Coppola, who recently took fourth place in the first series of the TV show “Can You Duet?,” said that they were excited to be invited to perform in the Santa Ynez Valley and enjoyed the venue. The entertainment was organized by promoter Rick Barker.

Not all the performers were children. Cowboy Poet Dan Hess of Missouri recited two original poems.

The Coppola twins are Colorado natives, and were born Feb. 18, 1983. They have been in Nashville about a year and a half and have signed with a publicist. The rock and blues band Jackson Campbell and The Drive members are all neighbors on a “Drive” in Santa Barbara that formed a band, hence the name. Dylan Schmidt is a Carpenteria musician and outfitter that Elisabeth heard playing guitar by the campfire on a recent excursion. 

 

“I would like to give a special thank you to Michael Schoff and Jeanne Hollingsworth of MJ Ranch for providing a fantastic setting for the event. I also want to send out a special thanks to Doug and Sue Herthel; Matt and Laura Drammer; John and Katherine Krska; Celi and Burt Ribbet; Joe and Alice Olla Pat Roberts; Ken and Allie Anderson; my husband, John, and to all the volunteers and sponsors that made the first Boom Festival possible,” added Elisabeth.

A few of the live auction items are still available, such as Alan Murray paintings and the Tahitian black pearl jewelry.

If you are interested in bidding on these items, contact Elisabeth Galvin at 688-8440.

For more information on the Family Partnership Charter School, visit http://www.sbceo.org/~fpcs or telephone (805) 686-5339.