One SAFE Place among three local groups to benefit from Winston show

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By David Benda of the Redding Record Searchlight

 Tuesday when Grammy-award pianist George Winston performs in Redding.

Winston will play the benefit the concert at the David Marr Auditorium on Eureka Way. The show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the Foundation for Promoting Arts Education, the Good News Rescue Mission and One SAFE Place.

Dignity Health and Trilogy Architecture teamed up with the Foundation for Promoting Arts Education to bring Winston to Redding.

This is the second time the pianist has done a benefit show for the arts group in Redding, said Daria O’Brien, who founded the Foundation for Promoting Arts Education, the fundraising arm for Redding School of the Arts.

RSA has raised about $1.8 million for a children’s theater it wants to build. Originally dubbed The Raven and the Unicorn, the theater’s new name is Performing Arts Nexus, or PAN, O’Brien said. The money raised includes the land.

“I think a lot of people didn’t like the name Raven and the Unicorn,” O’Brien said of the name change.

The capital campaign for the 800-seat children’s theater was launched in 2013. The theater will be eco-friendly like the campus, which means it will be the first children’s theater in the world certified at the platinum level under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards, O’Brien said.

“We have gone out for grants,” O’Brien said. “So our grantors are very excited.”

But they have asked O’Brien’s group to do one more big fundraising pushes to see whether the theater is something the community wants.

“And I think it is,” O’Brien said, adding that they still need to raise about $7 million.

Meanwhile, One SAFE Place has raised about $3.8 million toward its goal of $5 million for the Sierra Center, the nonprofit’s new domestic violence shelter that opened in Redding last fall.

Jean King, One SAFE Place’s executive director, said she is starting to focus fundraising efforts on larger foundations and national organizations outside the area. All the money to date has come from within Shasta County.

Since the shelter opened, One SAFE Place has been able to accommodate more victims of domestic violence who are staying longer as they work to get established, King said.

“Nothing that we have ever done is better than doing that,” she said.

Tickets to the Winston show are $15 for students and $25 for adults, O’Brien said. They are available at the Shasta County Arts Council, 1313 Market St., in Redding; the Music Connection, 3086 Bechelli Lane, Redding, and 973 East Ave., in Chico; or by calling O’Brien at 530-515-1057.

They also can be purchased online at http://www.shastaartscouncil.org/support-arts/tickets/.