Life in the Fast Lane

By Tim Buckley   |   May 2, 2019
Bill Ceno drove Rally Car 89 while Vida Ceno navigated (photo by Priscilla)

Records galore were broken at the White on the Green Party at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, to mark the culmination of the United Boys & Girls Club Rally 4 Kids – a 150-mile plus trip with a record 74 cars, including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and a positive plethora of Porsches, which wended its way along a circuitous route including Malibu and back through the hills of Ojai.

Michael Baker, Jennifer Ngou, Alex Wilson, Michael and Misty Hammer, Andy Tymkiw, and Monty and Maria Wilson at the Rally 4 Kids party (photo by Priscilla)
Gathered around number 35 DRAGG car are Ursula Nesbitt, Arlene Montesano, Karla Parker, Tom Parker, and Pat Nesbitt (photo by Priscilla)

The popular six-year-old event, co-chaired by Monte and Maria Wilson, with a record nearly 400 guests, was expected to raise an impressive $300,000 for the nonprofit’s outreach program, which enables youngsters in less-affluent areas to attend the clubs.

Chief executive officer Michael Baker declared it: “The biggest and best rally ever!”

KEYT-TV anchors C.J. Ward and Beth Farnsworth emceed the event as Drew Wakefield auctioned off an Aladdin’s cave of items, including a weekend in Las Vegas with rocker Santana and a trip to Italy.

Among the melee of motorists turning up, forking out $1,250 per car to enter, were Michael and Misty Hammer, Tom and Karla Parker, Mark and Andrea Alfano, Dana and Andrea Newquist, Alan Porter, Brenda Blalock, Ryan and Lola Zinke, John Palminteri, Tom and Marsha Reed, Ginni Dreier, and Arlene Montesano.

Rally Car 58 driver Dan Wright and 007 driver and host Scott Perry (photo by Priscilla)
The Singing Waiters gave a surprise performance at the Rally 4 Kids gala
Overall winners of the rally are Connie Pearcy and Ginni Dreier (holding the trophy) surrounded by CJ Ward, Michael and Misty Hammer, and Michael Baker
Master of Ceremonies CJ Ward with Presenting Sponsor Michael Hammer (Armand Hammer Foundation) and Michael Baker
Rob Skinner (Rally Car 50) and Megan Orloff (Rally Car 9) on stage at the Rally 4 Kids party

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