Two volunteers honored for La Jolla Art Festival work

Carol Holland and Ronn Rohe have been awarded the 2010 Robert E. Metz La Jolla Festival of the Arts Distinguished Service Award by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation.

The award is presented to honor a volunteer who used his or her talents “with exceptional spirit and attitude in producing the annual festival.” The award was established in 1995, when Metz was the named as the first recipient.

Holland, who lives with her husband Barney and children Amanda and Joseph in El Cajon, joined the Kiwanis Club “to meet good people” after buying a Visiting Angels franchise in 2008.

With the help of other volunteers, she organizes the festival’s silent auction, which is made up of art pieces from the show’s participants. With her leadership, the auction generated nearly $20,000 for programs for people with disabilites — that’s up from $1,500 two years earlier. She has been a part of the festival for the past three years.

Rohe, a business and marketing communications consultant, lives in Clairemont with his wife, Carol. He started out as a volunteer 11 years ago and has since held many positions, including 2009 Festival Chairman. Rohe joined the Kiwanis Foundation in 2001 and served as its newsletter editor, vice president, and as president 2007-2008.

He has spearheaded the development of the festival’s website and helped evolved a second stage pavilion featuring authors, book signings and cooking demonstrations.

The festival, now in its third decade, started as a small fundraiser and since has blossomed into a much-anticipated regional event raising some $1.75 million for those living with disabilities. Weekend-long attractions include the Calle Color chalk art exhibition, book signings and demonstrations from local celebrity chefs and authors, a classic car display, live stage music, food and an interactive kids zone.

La Jolla Festival of the Arts will present its 25th anniversary show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-19 on the UCSD east campus at Genesee Avenue and Regents Road. Admission is $10; free for ages 10 and under. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, visit or call (858) 586-1202.

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