Skills and Thrills

By Richard Mineards   |   November 1, 2018
John Daly, Key Class founder; Dr. Susan Salcido, SBC superintendent of schools; with hosts Bob and Chris Emmons, a Key Class director (photo by Priscilla)

Robert and Christine Emmons opened the gates of their charming ocean-view estate, Casa Cima Linda, for a high tea and champagne sunset soirée, catered by Seasons, to raise around $65,000 for Social Skills America, an eight-year-old organization that teaches students the manners and etiquette they need to succeed.

Since being launched by John Daly, executive director, more than 7,500 youngsters in Santa Barbara have been helped.

Kai Etz, a 17-year-old Santa Barbara High student and water polo player, took the key class two years ago and now works at the Helena Avenue Bakery as a barista, describing the help he got as “invaluable.”

Among the guests supporting the cause at the newly landscaped eco-friendly, four-acre estate were Anne Towbes, Hiroko Benko, Joyce Shaar, Chris Toomey, Alixe Mattingly, Susan Danielson, Barbara Ireland, Penny Jenkins, Joanne Holderman, Geoff Green, Neil Levinson, Ray Winn, and Peter Kavoian.

Dr. Susan Salcido with Key Class graduate and speaker Kai Etz (photo by Priscilla)
Virginia Castagnola Hunter and Chris Tommey (photo by Priscilla)
Social Skills America supporting The Key Class along with Maude Fall and Alixe Mattingly chatting with Key Class president Neil Levinson (photo by Priscilla)

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