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Founder of Civic Ballet SLO honored in 4th annual Swanson Fund Brunch

Posted at 7:48 PM, Mar 24, 2019

The San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center hosted their fourth annual Swanson Fund Brunch on Sunday. This year’s event honored the founder of theCivic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, Lorilee Silvaggio.

Silvaggio founded the program from her garage in 1970. She’s retiring after spending years with the ballet.

In honor of her impact on the local arts community, the event included a special dance program dedicated to Silvaggio.

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center (FPAC) event also raised money for a grant that gives Central Coast residents the opportunity to get involved in the arts.

The fund is named for retired Cal Poly music professor Clifton Swanson.

Swanson was the founder the SLO Mozart Festival (now Festival Mozaic), a conductor of the SLO Symphony for 13 years and a long time FPAC board member. He was also an original member of the planning committee that led to the building of the PAC.