Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara raised almost $300,000 when 150 guests attended the organization’s 34th annual scholarship event at the Goleta Valley & Teen Center, with Emmy-winning KEYT-TV anchor Beth Farnsworth as guest host, leading a lively panel discussion with current and former members about the lasting impact of their experience.
The Biltmore-catered bash in the cavernous gymnasium was preceded by cocktails on the terrace and an entertaining performance by youngsters in the facility’s theater.
Girls Inc. awarded $477,233 in financial assistance in the form of sliding scale scholarships and sibling discounts last year, enabling 461 girls to attend after-school and CAMP IGNITE summer programs.
Among the gaggle of girlie groupies at the fun fete, co-chaired by Stina Hans, Caroline Thompson, Sarah Stokes, and Carrie Lundquist, were Ginni Dreier, Helene Schneider, Bill and Lois Rosen, Steve and Amber Ortiz, Gregg Hart, Paige Beard, Barbara Ben-Horin, MaryAnne Contreras, Geoff Green, Richard and Andrea Hutton, and Diana Villanueva.
Wedding Bells at Rosewood
Meghan Markle‘s ex-husband, Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson, 42, tied the knot with his 31-year-old fiancée Tracey Kurland at the Rosewood Miramar at the weekend.
It is almost a year to the day that USC graduate Engelson’s ex-wife walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, to marry Queen Elizabeth‘s grandson, Prince Harry, 34, becoming Duchess of Sussex.
Engelson proposed to Kurland, a nutritionist, last June on a tour of California wine country.
His previous marriage to the Suits actress lasted from September, 2011, to August, 2013, after they wed during a four-day affair in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, after dating for six years and getting engaged in 2010.
Santa Barbara Symphony said au revoir to its 65th season at the Granada with a concert under veteran conductor Nir Kabaretti with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.
The late local Oscar-winning composer Elmer Bernstein’s Songs of Love and Loathing, which the symphony premiered in 1989, was admirably sung by mezzo-soprano Leann Sandel-Pantaleo.
The concert concluded with Dvorak’s euphoric Symphony No. 8.