Shining On

By Richard Mineards   |   December 17, 2020
Entertaining the event are the "Ukelele LuLus" Clara Cassin, Ellie Johnson, Paula Cassin, James Padden-Rubin as Santa, Ann Rudolph, Marlene Riemel, Gail Campanella, Jan Inouye, Mary Jane Cooper, and Suzy Pelorsky (photo by Priscilla)
Members of Hillside leadership team are Jose Silva, Gail Metzger, Michael Padden-Rubin, Michael Rassler, and Erin Kelley (photo by Priscilla)

Hillside House’s fourth annual Shining Light on Abilities was decidedly illuminating!

More than 100 cars, with drivers and passengers staying in their autos, turned out to see the holiday lights and decorations at the 75-year-old charity’s headquarters on Veronica Springs Road where 59 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities are housed.

Nearby properties join in the Yuletide fun and the area is a regular stop on the Santa Barbara Trolley, Rock Star, and Land Shark tours.

“It was so gratifying that so many turned out in these difficult times,” says Michael Padden-Rubbin, director of development. “The only real difference this year is we encouraged everybody to stay in their cars rather than getting out for photographs.”

Truly negative times…

Aboard Santa’s sleigh is the Curiel family: Julian, Ezekiel, Kelsee, and Fil (photo by Priscilla)

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