WINTERFEST CELEBRATION DINNER 2021
New West Symphony’s Winter Fundraising Event
A Pre-concert Celebration
Join us for WINTERFEST, a celebration dinner before the Saturday, December 4 TALES OF WINTER concert, as we honor our long-time supporters and volunteers, Pat & Harry Croner and Marilyn & Stan Sutton. Appetizers, wine, and dinner under twinkling lights will begin your evening and set the “stage” for the brand-new and original holiday concert to follow.
Help us bring in the season!
Save the Date
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 5:00 PM
Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks
Please contact Stephanie Wilson for sponsorship information (805) 435-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All Sponsorship levels include tickets to
WINTERFEST Celebration Dinner
and TALES OF WINTER Concert
YOUR SUPPORT CHANGES LIVES
This Celebration Dinner supports New West Symphony and its education programs including the annual Symphonic Adventures concerts and the Laby Harmony Project for under-resourced youth.
Honoring Pat & Harry Croner and Marilyn & Stan Sutton
PAT & HARRY CRONER Originally from the East Coast, Pat and Harry Croner have been married 66 years and counting, moved to California 48 years ago and then to Westlake Village in 1973. Harry had a career as a CEO of an electronic services company and Pat worked as a college career adviser at Agoura High School and was also an active community volunteer. She served on numerous boards and task forces until she retired in 1991, at which point she then created The College Match, a college advisory service for students and their parents. After his retirement in 2000, Harry became a volunteer at New West Symphony and has been Treasurer of the NWS Association Board for over 10 years. Pat has served on the NWS League Board as co-President with Marilyn Sutton and on numerous committees. She has been the League representative to the Development Committee of the NWS Board. Pat and Harry are humble about their contributions to NWS, and they attribute their positive experience to great friends and dedicated staff within this special musical community.
MARILYN & STAN SUTTON Stan and Marilyn Sutton, longtime supporters of New West Symphony, met in Sacramento as teenagers and have resided in the Conejo Valley since 1970. Here Stan built a local business with Marilyn’s help as they raised their four children. Marilyn pursued her love of art by studying with world-renowned artists and forming local arts groups here in the Conejo. After Stan retired, both he and Marilyn became active members of the NWS League, Marilyn in various leadership roles, and Stan as Chair of Ways and Means. The Suttons’ love of travel took them to every continent in the world, and eventually led them to spearhead international trips for NWS concertgoers to places such as Budapest, Prague, Portugal, Spain, China, and Russia. These trips raised thousands of dollars in support of our symphony. Stan continues to serve as a NWS board member and remains committed to participating in guiding the future of our wonderful, world class orchestra. Read their full story below!
Winterfest Sponsorship Levels
PREMIER PRESENTING SPONSOR: $50,000
This sponsorship includes 10 premium tickets to both the Winterfest Celebration Dinner and the extraordinary Tales of Winter holiday concert, as well as the opportunity to be a sponsor for the guest artist series and one concert during the year. This sponsorship also includes 10 premium tickets for the 2022 season, a full-page ad in all concert programs and sponsorship acknowledgment throughout our 2022 season.
SYMPHONY PATRON SPONSOR: $25,000
This sponsorship includes 8 premium tickets to both the Winterfest Celebration Dinner and the extraordinary Tales of Winter holiday concert, as well as the opportunity sponsor one guest artist and one concert during the year. This sponsorship also includes 8 premium tickets for the 2022 season, a full-page ad in all concert programs and sponsorship acknowledgment throughout our 2022 season.
DECK THE HALLS SPONSOR: $15,000
This sponsorship includes 6 premium tickets to both the Winterfest Celebration Dinner and the extraordinary Tales of Winter holiday concert, as well as the opportunity to sponsor one guest artist or one concert during the year.
SILVER BELLS SPONSOR: $10,000
This sponsorship includes 4 premium tickets to both the Winterfest Celebration Dinner and the extraordinary Tales of Winter holiday concert, as well as the opportunity to sponsor one concert during the year.
RED BOW SPONSOR: $5,000
This sponsorship includes 4 premium tickets to both the Winterfest Celebration Dinner and the extraordinary Tales of Winter holiday concert, as well as the opportunity to sponsor one soloist during the year.
WINTERGREEN SPONSOR: $2,500
Be a part of New West Symphony’s holiday celebration as a sponsor of Tales of Winter and Winterfest. This sponsorship includes 4 premium tickets to both the Winterfest Celebration Dinner and the extraordinary Tales of Winter holiday concert.
Tickets to WINTERFEST & Concert: $300
Individual Dinner Tickets: $250
Please contact Stephanie Wilson for sponsorship information: (805) 435-2775 or email@example.com
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Stan and Marilyn Sutton
Marilyn Sutton was born in San Gabriel, California and growing up went to 13 schools from the west coast to Ohio and back. The longest time she lived in one place was here in the Conejo Valley. She was able to spend her four high school years at the same school in Sacramento, and that is where she met her future husband. Stan.
She was seventeen and it was the “Happy Days” era, when the most popular thing to do on a Saturday night after the school football games was to cruise the main street of town. Marilyn and her girlfriend, donned in their red pleated wool skirts, white buck shoes, and their white V-neck sweaters with a big block S on the front, cruised the main drag in their cat eye Chevrolet convertible. Alongside them, in a green 1958 Pontiac, came two friendly boys, and the tall, handsome one in the 3-piece suit caught her eye. They all agreed to meet at the A&W Root Beer where the car hops on roller skates took your order, and that’s where their relationship began. Three years later, they married, and fifty-eight years later they have four children, ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Stan was working at a men’s clothing store (thus the three-piece suite) and this was one of the last “jobs” that he had. By the time he turned 23, he was a self-employed business owner and never looked back! He and Marilyn moved to the Conejo Valley in 1970.
Marilyn always had a penchant for art and studied with many well-known artists. Raising the children and helping Stan build his business, she always found time for the arts, joining a popular local artists’ group as a volunteer and eventually becoming president. Marilyn later formed a group of amateur artists, calling themselves the Ruby Hat Painters, who continue to meet once a year for a week to paint plein air in various places around California.
When Stan retired in 1998, they both decided to do more social things as a couple. They both enjoyed music and became involved in fundraising and volunteering for the New West Symphony League. Travelling is a passion for Stan, who has been to every continent on the planet. In fact, their introduction to the Symphony was with a group on a wonderful cruise of the Mediterranean, where they loved how music became the focus of each port of call.
But they mostly loved how everyone was friendly and shared not only their love of music but their interest in helping their local community support a world class symphony orchestra.
They continue to travel to this day, and Stan has organized international trips for concert goers and friends to exotic locales such as Canada, Budapest, Prague, Portugal, Spain and even China and Russia. These trips have raised thousands of dollars in support of New West Symphony.
Stan continues to serve as a NWS Board member and is committed to participating in the guidance of the future of our wonderful, world class orchestra, ensuring its place in the fabric of our local community and in the minds and hearts of future generations.
Marilyn is more involved than ever as a volunteer for the New West Symphony League, since her early days when she served as co-President with her good friend, Pat Croner. She continued to enjoy not only the social aspects of this wonderful groups of people, but she feels she is making an important contribution by helping to support this outstanding symphony orchestra and its programs through the New West Symphony League’s fundraising efforts. And, she says the very best part is that it’s really fun!
Pat and Harry Croner
Harry met Pat in Baltimore at a Hopkins Mixer Dance. She wrote her Mom about this cute guy she met at the dance. When Pat was a Junior at Arcadia University, Harry called to say he was “cleaning out his address book” and came to see her. The rest is history and they married upon her graduation in 1955.
Harry graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. While working for General Electric he received his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. They lived in The Boston area, Ohio, Philadelphia, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. They returned to Connecticut as he was named Assistant to the President of International Silver Company. The company sent them to California in 1973 for Harry to be Executive VP of a local subsidiary.
Pat and Harry both found opportunities to apply their business and education skills to serve as volunteers. Pat was College Career Advisor at Agoura High School and when she retired in 1991 she started The College Match, assisting area high school students and their parents in applying to appropriate colleges. Numerous NWS children and grandchildren met with Pat. She became a board member of the Chamber of Commerce chairing the Education Committee.
Harry retired as President and CEO of Electronic Conventions Management in 2000. He did not realize how quickly his volunteer life would develop especially with New West Symphony. Shortly after retiring Harry was invited to join Westlakers, chaired the Scholarship Committee and then became President. He joined SCORE to counsel small business companies with Bob Machon, as his partner. He serves on the Conejo Las Virgenes Future Foundation Board and was appointed to the Westlake Village Community Foundation Board of Directors. Harry served on a special committee with the late Bill Bang and former NWSA President Karl Klessig to restructure the symphony organization. Jennifer Zobelein was appointed President and Natalia Staneva Executive Director in 2008. Harry was asked to serve as Treasurer at that time.
Pat was recognized as Woman of the Year for the Chamber in 1999. She was one of the founders of the Holiday Homes Tour for the Wellness Community. A chance meeting with guest Nancy Israel introduced Pat to the NWS League. Within a month, Pat was mentored by Nancy to Chair the Pre-Concert Dinners, which she did for 10+ years. Sharing the Co-Presidency of the League with special friend Marilyn Sutton was a great experience. Another special experience is their relationship with Adopt-a-Musician violinist Lisa Dondlinger. Pat and Harry were named as Senior Citizens of the Year for Westlake Village in 2018 for their work on various task forces.
Pat and Harry have three children, five grandchildren and one very amazing great grandchild. They lost their daughter Julie in 2020 from complications of radiation therapy for Hodgkins Disease as a teenager. Family has always been the heart of their lives. They really appreciate the many friendships developed over the years with New West Symphony.