With over 1,000 participants, live performances from The White Album Ensemble and local teen bands, fantastic spaghetti feed, raffle of amazing prizes, including a James Durbin autographed guitar, and over $10,000 raised for the Santa Cruz Teen Center, CruzaPalooza was a great event! Once again, the Santa Cruz community stepped up. The big turnout is indicative of our community’s generosity and commitment to our youth. Special thanks go out to the major sponsors—Zoccoli’s Deli, who made this event possible, Studio Holiday, Polar Bear Ice Cream, and The White Album Ensemble.
The CruzaPalooza fundraiser will help keep the Teen Center available to our teens. The Teen Center, located in the Louden Nelson Community Center on Center Street, is a recreational facility dedicated to creating a safe and diverse environment for our teen community. The Teen Center empowers youth, provides positive mentorship, fosters creativity and promotes alternative forms of education through activities, programs and trips.