Executive Director Betsy Oltmann and Founders Barbara Pekema and Sonia Chapa pose for a photo following accepting an award for 2018 Champion of the Arts Monterey County through the Arts Council for Monterey County. Photo courtesy of KRKC Country Radio Station.

Betsy Oltmann accepting on behalf of Sol Treasures. The award was presented by Supervisor Salinas of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

Sol Treasures was honored at the Arts Council for Monterey County’s Champion of the Arts Gala.  The annual gala was complete with a Red Carpet, paparazzi, television coverage, musical performances, and dazzling and glamorous guests dressed in their finest. Sol Treasures was recognized as the Champion of the Arts Non-Profit of the Year – an honor to be selected among their peers in the art community throughout all of Monterey County.“This event is like the academy awards of the regional art world,” commented Janene Norum, the organization’s Vice President.

Sol Treasures was presented their award to the audience of 435 guests by Supervisor Simon Salinas, of Monterey County Board of Supervisors, District 3. Dignitaries from throughout Monterey County introduced each of those honored for the evening,

The presentation included a professional video by Ahearn Productions, an introduction by Supervisor Salinas, and an acceptance speech by Sol Treasures represented by Executive Director Betsy Oltmann.

Attending the Gala in support of Sol Treasures were Founders and Officers Sonia Chapa and Barbara Pekema; Board members Janene Norum accompanied by her husband, David; John Munsee; Belinda Hendrickson; Renata Funke; TJ Plew and Brad Hearne; Jeff Hinderscheid accompanied by his wife, Sarah; and Brandi Borzini, accompanied by her husband, Roger. Completing the group were Betsy and Steve Oltmann and Program Manager Debra Cobb of Sol Treasures.

Also seated with Sol Treasures were Supervisor Simon Salinas; Jazmin and Chris Lopez; Juan Sanchez; Gaby Lopez; Debbie Howitt; Don Reynolds and Christina Zaro Reynolds; Katie Mackin; Toni Ungs; Jane Allen; Carly Resendez; Alexi and Elaine Gherman; and Anita and Edwin McKean.