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.