The Virginia Avenue Project will honor Santa Monica community activist Consuelo Perez and the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division at a Commotion by the Ocean benefit at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 29th, at Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica.

Tickets are $150, $250 for couples, and $1,000 for a table for ten people.

The Virginia Avenue Project is a free after-school program that uses performing arts in conjunction with mentoring to help underprivileged children.

Children work in collaboration with adult mentors to develop life skills and give voice to their creativity.

Commotion by the Ocean will celebrate the project’s 13-year presence in Santa Monica.

Perez is the co-president of Spirit of Love/English Learners’ Advisory Committee, a Santa Monica High School parent group that engages Latino families and students in college preparation, school activities, and community politics.

All four of Perez’s children have been involved with the Virginia Avenue Project, and Perez introduced the project to other families and community members.

“She is a highly respected community activist, school advocate, and role model,” said Tom Carroll, project spokesperson.

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division provides resources for city arts programs and artists.

“They are passionate advocates of the arts, and their support of the project and other community arts organizations contributes to the vitality and vibrant cultural life in Santa Monica,” Carroll said.

Commotion by the Ocean will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction, entertainment by the Miles Mosley Band, and presentations of works by project children.

Reservations, (310) 264-4224.

Information, www.VirginiaAv enueProject.org

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