Two local leaders and a company will be honored for their support of the arts at a November fundraising gala staged by the Riverside Arts Academy.

The event will be the academy’s first in-person fundraising event in more than a year.

The honorees, who will receive Community Impact Awards, are:

Kathy Allavie, a Riverside school board member who led art projects such as Ghost Walk and helped bring the academy to the Riverside Unified School District
Assembly Member Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who pushed to win money to build the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture in downtown Riverside
Northgate Gonzalez Market. Miguel Gonzalez and his family have supported the academy with good deeds including the donation of 75 backpacks filled with school supplies to academy students. and past event sponsorships.

“Each one of these recipients has played a major role in orchestrating the arts movement in our region,” Collette Lee, Immediate past president of the academy, said in a news release.

The Spanish Nights Art of Giving Gala is set for Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Community Center in Riverside. The academy’s Riverside Youth Orchestra and Mariachi Juvenil de Riverside are scheduled to perform at the gala.

The evening also will include musical performances from academy students, Spanish-themed tapas and a live and silent auction. All proceeds will go to Riverside Arts Academy Music Project programs. Tickets are $50 per person and can be bought by visiting

The academy’s board of directors gives the Community Impact Awards to those in the Riverside region who have shown leadership with an emphasis on the arts.

The academy is a music and arts nonprofit organization composed of leaders in Riverside’s school districts, higher-education institutions, city leadership and the community. It offers free classes, mentoring and training.

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