Last Thursday, April 7, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity hosted the “Chuck Jones’ Support the Yes” private fundraiser in Culver City. Animation art collector and long-time friend of the Chuck Jones Center David Lowenstein graciously hosted the event at his home where his impressive and extensive collection was on display for 35 guests, including Jim Linda Jones Clough (Chuck’s son-in-law and daughter) and Craig Kausen (Chuck’s grandson). Also attending the benefit were “the Dover Boys,” four of Chuck’s former mentees- Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, The Lion King), Jeff DeGrandis (Dora the Explorer), Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo & Juliet) and Chris Bailey (Hop). The four spoke during a panel discussion regarding their experiences with Chuck and their journey through the animation industry. They spoke about Chuck’s instrumental role in helping them get a start in the business, reviewing their work and networking them in the animation community.
Lowenstein’s beautiful private collection that he has been building since the early 1990s was another star of the evening. Among the many wonderful pieces is the original concept and layout art “Speechless”, a tribute to Mel Blanc created shortly after his passing in 1989.
The event benefitted the Center, raising funds to support classes in creativity, exhibitions of Chuck’s original art, presentations by Jones’ family members and other activities. We estimate that the Center has reached over a million people since its inception in 1999, and hope to reach another million (or more!) over the next few years. Great fun was had by all on a wonderful Thursday evening!
Pictures of the event can be seen by visiting our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chuck-Jones-Center-for-Creativity/50210972326.