The Laguna Playhouse is celebrating its 90th anniversary and outstanding contributors to the theater's financial and artistic stature are being honored at special events throughout the year.
Saturday was Vern Spitaleri's turn.
Patriot, publisher, patron of the arts, parent — Vern Spitaleri has done it all and he's done a lot of it in Laguna Beach.
The former Laguna News Post publisher served as president of some of Laguna's most prestigious organizations, including the Laguna Moulton Playhouse.
"Anyone who has sat in the balcony should say thanks to Vern tonight," said theater General Manager Karen Wood.
However, Spitaleri's service to the Playhouse during the expansion to the Broadway location is but one reason he was honored.
Spitaleri served as president of the Laguna Beach Boys Club, Friends of the Library, the local group that morphed into Opera Pacific, the Afghan Amity Society, the Laguna Beach Historical Society and the Emerald Bay Assn., where he lives with his wife, Cherry, and raised their sons, Marc, Eric and Kris and daughter, Lynn — not to mention a menagerie of animals.