Celeste White of Napa, Robert White of Napa Open Historic Theater with Zach Williams Profit Live performance | Oakland Information now

Napa Valley CA – Celeste White from Napa and Robert White from Napa, ardent Salvation Army supporters and part of a public charity called the Lux Forum, opened the doors to the newly remodeled historic theater in Yountville.

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Grammy-winning country musician Zach Williams made the debut artist opening the newly restored Historic Theater in the heart of California’s wine country as part of a special event benefiting the Salvation Army Culinary Training Academy in Napa.

Celeste White and husband Dr. Robert White and her team have restored the theater, which serves as the venue to fulfill the Lux Forum’s mission of connecting intellectually curious people with spiritual ideas. The theater was originally relocated from the former Mare Island naval shipyard in Vallejo in 1950.

The theater is the new home of the Lux Forum, the events arm of Yountville Community Church. The forum offers lectures and conferences by nationally recognized speakers on topics from science, art and business.

The non-profit Lux Forum founded by the whites began with a major restoration of the theater and church.

“We are proud that Lux Forum can provide this beautiful space for people to experience the talents of an artist as renowned as Zach Williams while supporting the Salvation Army’s Napa Valley Culinary Training Academy,” said Lux ​​Forum co-founder Celeste White. “The work of the academy is so important to give people a second chance and to feed so many of our neighbors. It’s the kind of work the entire Napa Valley community can celebrate. “

“We’re excited to bring this restored gem to the residents of Yountville and the Napa Valley region as a whole,” said Robert White, Co-Founder of Lux Forum. “This space will serve as a place where the curious come together to meet, explore and discuss important contemporary topics that are illuminated by the knowledge of the times.”

On the occasion of the public opening of the restored theater space, Lux Forum sponsored the Williams benefit concert in August. Since his solo appearance in 2016, he has received two Grammy awards: in 2018 for his album “Chain Breaker” and in March when his song “There Was Jesus” was awarded Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance / Song with Dolly Parton. In addition to his performance, Williams conducted a “meet and greet” with concert-goers.

Proceeds from the concert and event support the work of the Napa Valley Culinary Training Academy as the only certified professional education program in Napa County specifically designed to provide actionable skills to adults recovering from addiction, trauma, or homelessness. The program provides both training and support for graduates for up to two years. Students participate in daily meal preparation and service for Napa residents in need, serving more than 600 meals each week.

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