By Richard Mineards   |   November 14, 2019
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel gala co-chairs Natalie Strahl, Angela De Bruyn, Cristina Ricci with principal Tracie Simolon (photo by Priscilla)

It was a record turnout when Montecito’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel School threw its 75th anniversary gala in the chandeliered ballroom at the Rosewood Miramar.

The school, which started off with 30 students and now serves more than 200, raised around $200,000 for scholarships from the socially gridlocked fête for 350 guests co-chaired by Angela De Bruyn, Cristina Ricci, and Natalie Strahl.

The boffo bash also honored Eustacchio Guadagnini from the class of 1956, with him and his wife, Merle, sending their sons, Christopher and Silvano, to the Hot Springs Road school as well.

“The church and school have given me much happiness!” he declared.

Honoree Eustacchio Guadagnini surrounded by family and friends (photo by Priscilla)

Auctioneer Tony Branquinho sold a cornucopia of items at Gatling gun speed, including a week in Bali, Indonesia, snapped up for $8,000, a three-day vacation at the Hyatt Regency in Lake Tahoe, which went for $3,000, and the use of a $35 million private racetrack in Las Vegas, choosing from a host of exotic cars including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, which sold for $2,500.

Among the supporters were principal Tracie Simolon, Teresa McWilliams, Beverley Jackson, Ron and Andra Macleod, Christopher Toomey, Sean and Monica Senn, John Palminteri, Dean and Linda Coldiron, Nate and Gina Flint, Jim and Pam Langhorne, Brian and Cornelia McGrath, Dacia Harwood and Billy Mandarino.

Mike and Margaret Burchiere, Nikkie and Josh Cook, Gina and Nate Flint, Candice Figueroa, Karrinne and Robert Galle, and Angela De Bruyn at the OLMC fundraiser (photo by Priscilla)
Mt. Carmel teachers Erin Kim, Amy Zoltoski, Lisa Lim, Teri Leon, Larissa Feramisco, Dianne Duva, co-chair Natalie Strahl, Robert Aswad, Gloria Solano, Kyla Rightmer, Mary Beth Lee, Carly Van Eyck, Emily Albarran, and Jennifer Buur (photo by Priscilla)
At the podium are Honoree Eustacchio Guadagnini with longtime friend David Borgatello (photo by Priscilla)

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