Gaston Receives Cultural Treasure Award

Top photo: Posing around the qward plaque is Cheryl Jennings, Anchor of ABC7 KGO-TV, Felecia Gaston, Executive Director of Performing Stars and Marin Center Cultural Treasures Award winner, and Dr. Wyna Barron, memebr, Performing Stars Board of Directors. Lower photo: Supervisor Judy Arnold, Al Boro, former Mayor City of San Rafael and Marin Center Cultural Arts Commissioner Felecia Gaston, and Brian Snell, who was the drummajor for Drumline Live. (Photos by Godfrey Lee).

By Godfrey Lee Felecia Gaston, who has earned a reputation for bringing the arts to the community and especially to children who are underserved, on Friday, Jan. 11 received the 2013 Cultural Treasure of Marin County Award from the Marin County Cultural Services Commission. The award was based on Gaston´s contributions to her community in Marin City, to the community as a whole and also to the Marin County Fair. The ceremony took place in the Green Room at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium at an event attended by about100 people. Supervisor Susan Arnold and Cultural Services Commission Chair Al Boro talked about how much Gaston has opened up the arts to children living in Southern Marin through her organization, Performing Arts of Marin, which started in about1990. Gaston has collaborated with many county organizations, including Probation, Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender and cultural services, in her service to the community. She began her work, she said, because, “It was very important to know that Marin City had a bright future. There were many kids who needed opportunities, and Marin County had much to offer them. “We had to get out to make it happen,” said Gaston, who thanked individuals and organizations that helped her with Performing Stars. A plaque is hanging in the Green Room acknowledging Gaston as a Cultural Treasure of Marin County. The event featured a performance by Drumline Live, a touring group that is representative of the marching bands of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The performers are from 11 schools but mostly from Florida A&M University. Sheriff Seeks Information on Lavanial Williams Shooting Lavanial Williams, 17, was shot numerous times in the 300 block of Drake Avenue in Marin City early Friday. He died at the scene, lying on the sidewalk. Williams, who lived with his father in Weed, CA, recently arrived in Marin City to visit his mother Yolanda Arceneaux when the fatal shooting occurred. Arceneaux was still living in the apartment at which an unknown shooter fired six shots in July. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help of the community. They are currently looking for witnesses or anyone with information related to Williams’ murder. Anyone with information may call or text information to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Investigations cellphone at (415) 497-4245. Voice mail, text or direct contact with detectives will be accepted. This will be a 24-hour hotline. Or call the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (415) 479-2311, which will be direct to a dispatcher 24-hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous. All information will be investigated. Lavanial Williams Continued on Page 10 Jesse Jackson
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