Meet the Warburtons, a Q&A With the Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2014 Thousand Oaks Arts Festival

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Catherine and Patrick Warburton, 2014 Thousand Oaks Arts Festival Honory Co-Chairs.

The 11th annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival committee announced last week that actor Patrick Warburton and his wife, Catherine, a visual artist, will serve as the honorary chairs of the event taking place September 20 and 21.

Patrick is well-known for his role as Elaine’s boyfriend David Puddy on the 90’s hit television series Seinfield and his starring role as Jeff Bingham in Rules of Engagement from 2007-2013. With his distinctive deep voice, Warburton became an in-demand voice over actor working on a variety of projects including TV series like The Venture Brothers and Family Guy, as well as movies such as The Wild, Bee Movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and the just released Planes, Fire and Rescue. His movie roles includeMen in Black II, Get Smart, and Ted. He is also featured in the “preboarding” film shown to guests at Soarin’ Over California in California Adventure Theme Park and at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.Cover of Casa Pacifica’s Wine and Food Festival by Catherine Warburton.

Catherine is an artist who enjoys painting murals at schools as well as various medical centers including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Her artwork recently graced the cover of Casa Pacifica’s Wine and Food Festival’s printed program. She has participated in a number of art exhibitions including Visions of the Past and Present: CSUCI Alumni Painters in 2013 and the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at Pepperdine University in 2010.

“People love to come out to meet the stars,” said Richard Williams, co-chair of the festival. “And we are grateful to have [Patrick and Catherine] this year. They draw people who may not ordinarily come to the event.”

The following is an email Q & A between Conejo Valley Happening and Catherine Warburton, who discusses her family’s involvement in local charities and the community.

 CONEJO VALLEY HAPPENING: Do you live in Thousand Oaks?

CATHERINE WARBURTON: We do not live in TO; we live in the Santa Rosa Valley. However, we do everything in TO.Our children have all attended TOHS, and our oldest son currently attends CLU.

CV Happening: How/why did you become involved with the arts festival?

CATHERINE: We were asked to become a part of the Arts Festival and we are very honored! Creativity is so important, and whether that is holding a paintbrush, acting..or even cooking- it’s so important.

CV HAPPENING: Tell us about some of the other charities you are involved with and why?

CATHERINE: We are very involved with St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.It is so rewarding raising funds for one of the most cutting edge children’s hospitals anywhere.The strides that SJCRH has made, and continues to make, in the arena of finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases is inspirational. We will be holding our 5th annual golf tournament/music fest in March 2015 and each year it gets bigger and better thanks to our tourney chair Clarke Rheney and our amazing board.For more info, check out: http://patrickwarburtongolf.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/WarburtonGolf.

Locally we have been getting more involved with Senior Concerns.We moved my folks into our home in June, and Senior Concerns has proven to be an invaluable resource for us. Every person or company they have recommended has been outstanding! Recently I attended a caregiver summit presented by Senior Concerns. With Andrea Gallagher at the helm, they are pushing for an unprecedented amount of community knowledge regarding the “tsunami” of senior citizens in need that is on the horizon. As you can imagine, raising funds for this NPO is very important, which is why we will be attending the upcoming Ultimate Dining Experience in September. It’s going to be a great night! Delicious food, great music and so many fun things being auctioned off. Please check out their website for more info.

We have also supported the Conejo Valley Boy’s and Girl’s Club Gala, and Patrick participated in the TO Police Charitable Foundation Golf Tourney.
CV HAPPENING: Will you both be attending the two days of the event?
CATHERINE: I will be attending both days.Patrick is currently scheduled to fly home on that Saturday from Boston, so we will keep our fingers crossed! That is a very busy weekend! We have the Arts Festival, the Senior Concerns UDE, then Scott Medlock’s golf tourney and jam session on Monday. Scott is a dear friend and an amazing artist! He partners with Robby Krieger of The Doors to put on one of the best local musical events around, and it benefits St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital! Even if you don’t golf, the musical performances are amazing! They really put on a first class show..locals need to go! Tommy Thayer from KISS will be there, plus so many more. Check out their website:  http://scottmedlockgolf.com/ to find the line up of musicians scheduled to play.
CV HAPPENING: Why should the community turn out for the arts festival?
CATHERINE: The community should attend this event because it celebrates creativity, and it’s a great way to have fun with the family. You can support local artists at the same time exposing your children to fun arts and crafts projects.
CV HAPPENING: Does Patrick have any upcoming projects you can share with our readers?
CATHERINE: Patrick will be shooting the sequel to TED in September. He is currently starring in a new series called Sequestered, found online at Crackle. Hoovey is a wonderful family film that is going to be released soon. The Woman Chaser is being released on Netflix Sept. 20, and you can find him voicing Pulaski in Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue now in theaters.
For a complete schedule of events for this year’s arts festival, go to http://toartsfestival.com/index.html.
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