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OTC to Honor Ralph Johnson & CJ DiMento at 2024 Gala

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September 21, 2024

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm • The Seabird Resort

Actor Ralph Johnson, was selected for OTC’s second annual Lifetime Theatre Achievement Award. Last year’s award winner and OTC Advisory Board Member, Kathy Brombacher enthusiastically championed Johnson’s selection and will present him with the award at the Gala. Among other connections to OTC, Johnson most recently played The Man in the Chair in the 2023 production of Lucky Stiff, a co-production with Scripps Ranch Theatre directed by Brombacher. 

Johnson has appeared in more than 100 productions in San Diego and beyond since his first local acting gig in Christian Community Theatre’s 1990 production of Fiddler on the Roof. “Ralph has worked everywhere in San Diego over the past 30 years and delighted audiences all the while,” explained Board President John McCoy.

Longtime advocate for the arts in Oceanside, CJ DiMento will be honored with this inaugural Hattie “Sunshine” Brooks award. DiMento has worked as a public librarian for 20 years at the Oceanside Public Library and was appointed the Director in 2022, endeavoring to improve people’s lives through community building and librarianship. As staff liaison to the Oceanside Arts Commission, she spearheaded the effort to have Oceanside designated one of the first Cultural Districts in California.

In addition to many other leadership roles including as Library Division Manager and City staff liaison to the Arts Commission, DiMento serves as the television host of KOCT’s Oceanside Spectrum, a monthly program spotlighting non-profit organizations from North San Diego County.

Join us in celebrating these two arts champions at our fun-filled gala on September 21. The afternoon will include live entertainment, refreshments, a silent auction and a live auction with host Ted Lange from TV’s “The Love Boat.”

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