CCA gala pays tribute to Beatles

About 380 supporters of Canyon Crest Academy attended the sold-out Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s annual gala, “Across the Universe: A Tribute to the Beatles,” May 16 at CCA’s Proscenium Theater. The gala recognized the 10th anniversary of the school and the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut in the United States.

A proclamation from County Supervisor Dave Roberts also commemorated CCA’s 10th anniversary. Members of the San Dieguito Union High School District Board and Superintendent Rick Schmitt also attended the event. The gala was “the most successful one-day fundraising event ever for the CCA Foundation, raising a net of approximately $125,000.” The funds raised allow the Foundation to “enrich the experience of every student, every day.”

In the style of an old Hollywood opening night, guests walked the red carpet, posed for the paparazzi, participated in an auction, and feasted on Beatles-themed treats as they made their way through an “Octopus’s Garden” to the show. The musical, theatrical and artistic extravaganza featured songs from the Beatles and students from CCA’s Envision programs for cinema, dance, digital and fine art, instrumental music, theater, and vocal music.

Laurence Juber, internationally-recognized as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney’s band, Wings, made a special appearance at the gala. Juber has played with three of the Beatles.

Photos by Jon Clark