PAL Party

By Richard Mineards   |   April 18, 2019
Juan Macias, Andrew Gomez, Diego Chavez, Yara Martinez, Officer Beth Lazarus, Andy Diaz, Frida Zavala, Roxanne Orta, (2nd row) Will Preble, Sage Bernstein, Jose Navarro, and Romeo Lopez (photo by Priscilla)
Stina Hans, Ginni Dreier, Amil Garcia, Kristin Wilson, Francisco Castro, PAL Executive Director Michelle Meyering, and Tami Macala (photo by Priscilla)

The Pacific had some competition when a sea of blue descended on the Coral Casino for the 20th annual Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL) Putting Kids First! gala, which raised around $200,000 supporting after school programming, leadership training, and summer camps for more than 1,000 local youth annually.

The 210-guest bash, which honored former PAL liaison officer Bryan Kerr, featured an auction conducted by ubiquitous emcee Andrew Firestone, including a barbecue for 40 at the Solvang ranch of Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts.

Among the tony throng were police chief Lori Luhnow, Peter Hilf, Janet Garufis, George Leis, district attorney Joyce Dudley, Ginni Dreier, Beverley Jackson, Lee Luria, Greg Huron, Mike and Nicole McGrew, Dana and Andrea Newquist, Ronnie Mellen, Bob Bryant, Jim and Pat Stretchberry, Craig and Laura Case, Jeff and Margo Barbakow, Beno and Kandy Budgor, Richard Auhll, and Bruce and Judy Anticouni.

Richard Auhll, Joyce Reed, Chaplain Chuck Reed, Pamela Geremia, and Linda Page at the Coral Casino (photo by Priscilla)
Kent Wojciechoski, PAL Board President John Van Donge, Lee Luria, John Dixon, Susan Lomeli, and Jim Stretchberry (photo by Priscilla)
Janet Garufis, George and Laurie Leis, Meredith Tynes, (2nd row) Noel and Lisa Rivas, Matt and Debbie Dawson, Rhonda Henderson, and Dacia Harwood at the Putting Kids First! gala (photo by Priscilla)

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