For immediate release (3-6-2004):

Wilkie Legacy to be remembered as
Bonnie & Jon Henricks Chair FIESTA FINALE

The legacy of Wilkie Fiesta parties will be remembered this August as Honorary Chairs Bonnie Wilkie and Jon Henricks host the 5th annual Fiesta Finale at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on August 8th, 2004.  The event includes a Costume Contest, Fan Project, and performance in the Sunken Garden including members of the State Street Ballet, and Opera Santa Barbara, recreating favorite paintings that come to life.

Produced by the Profant Foundation For The Arts, a nonprofit 501c-3, the Fiesta Finale Gala raises scholarship funds for Santa Barbara artists of all ages, in the fields of art, dance, music, theater, literature and film making.  Through the support of individuals, foundations and local businesses, over $90,000 has been given to artists in the past 4 years.  Recipients and event coverage is available at

A note from Bonnie:

Dear friends,

Ever since my parents made Montecito their permanent home, my mother, Adele Wilkie, transformed our garden into a colorful Fiesta party filled with her many friends and relations.  Her love of theme parties was legendary, and as Fiesta was her favorite theme of all, her Fiesta parties were works of art.

A few years ago she shared her extensive Fiesta memories with the Profant Foundation so that they could keep the elegant traditions of Fiesta alive and through Fiesta provide support for the arts.  We are now  thrilled to be able to see my motherís traditions carried on and expanded by the Foundationís Fiesta Finale.

I hope you will join Jon and me this year as we honor the legacy of Fiesta so loved by my mother.  Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the incredible ambiance of the Courthouse Loggia at twilight and its gardens under the stars surrounded by beautiful architecture shown to its best advantage as the stage for romantic Latin dancing.  All of these elements combine to set the stage for an unforgettable program that - as mother put it - "could be taken around the world on tour!"

Weíve asked our friends in Lake Forest to join us in this celebration where art truly does come to life in the living tableaus of dancers and musicians.  This show is the best kept secret of Santa Barbara, and your generous support benefits local artists of all ages and mediums!

We look forward to sharing this experience with you.  Be sure to call early for the best seats and come prepared for the Costume Contest!

Viva la Fiesta!
Bonnie Wilkie Henricks,
Honorary Chair, Fiesta Finale