(Left) Doors drummer John Densmore and his longtime companion Ildi Sinnappan at the Autumn Stars Dinner, Auction, and Concert
We have always supported the efforts of our old buddies at TRAP, otherwise known as The Rhythmic Arts Project, an educational program that employs percussion to help people with disabilities learn basic life skills. Of course, fundraising plays an enormous role in TRAP’s ability to provide services, and its most recent effort took place on Sunday, November 14th, when the organization held its first annual Autumn Stars Dinner, Auction, and Concert at The Woman’s Club in Carpinteria, California. Conceived by Claud Mann, master chef of Dinner And A Movie fame, and his wife, Perla Batalla, Grammy nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger, the event was hosted by TRAP Board Members, actor/activist Edward James Olmos and Doors drummer John Densmore. We’re happy to report that the benefit was sold out and packed to the rafters, raising more than $25,000, which will be used to sponsor classes in mainstream special education throughout Santa Barbara County.