2005 Gala

2005 Skaneateles Area Arts Council Gala Fundraiser

Grammy Winner Karla Bonoff headlined the first SKARTS Gala Concert

Accompanying her was Kenny Edwards, a leading LA session player and record producer.

With a career spanning four decades, Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. In addition to achieving chart success with her own recordings, Karla has seen her songs become hits for such stellar artists as Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt.

Bonoff has enjoyed a soaring career as a singer/songwriter. The late Timothy White, Editor, Billboard Magazine, in 1999 said “Bonoff is one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation, with many of her ballads having become classics of American pop songwriting in the second half of the century.” Bonoff’s hits include: “If He’s Ever Near”, “I Can’t Hold On,” “Lose Again,” “Home,” “Isn’t It Always Love,” “Baby Don’t Go,” “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” Personally,” “Like a Falling Star,” and “All My Life.” She has recorded over 13 albums, including recordings with the pop group Bryndle, comprised of Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold, and Wendy Waldman. Linda Ronstadt won a GRAMMY® in1990, for Best Pop Vocal, covering Bonoff’s song “All My Life.”


The Skaneateles Area Arts Council’s special event was held at the beautiful lakeside home of Robert Kiltz, M.D. and Gina Castro, on the east side of Skaneateles lake. Matt Mulcahy, anchor, UPN 6 News, and reporter WSTM-TV, was emcee. In addition to the Bonoff concert, the event included “dinner under the stars” by the Sherwood Inn, with desserts from the Aurora Inn and Icing-on-the-Cake.


Absolute Prestige Limousine, Aurora Inn, Bob and Sally Neumann, Cardiovascular Technology Resources, Clear Channel Radio, CNY Fertility, CNY Healing Arts, Context Printing Solutions, Creekside Books & Coffee, Donna and Bill Davis, Eagle Newspapers, Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Fleur de Lis Florist, Icing-on-the-Cake, Jim and Kimball Kraus, Julie and Joe Scuderi, Laurie Lillie Photographie, Linda Roche Real Estate, Michele Gardiner Design, Michael P. Falcone, Ozminkowski Lighting, Packwood House, Partners Trust Bank, Robert Kiltz, M.D. and Gina Castro, Skaneateles Properties, Syracuse.com, The Citizen, The Sherwood Inn, Thérèse Verley Strodel, University Hospital and Welch Allyn.