Merry Chrismans

By Richard Mineards   |   July 5, 2021
Enjoying the success of providing healing care and release of wildlife are Kaitlin Lloyd, SBWCN program director; Haley and Hal Conklin, Polaris II hostess Sarah Chrisman; Ariana Katovich, SBWCN Development director; Annette and Richard Caleel (photo by Priscilla)
The party revelers on Roger and Sarah Chrisman new 78-foot cruiser, Polaris II (photo by Priscilla)

The party animals were out in force when Roger and Sarah Chrisman hosted a nautical bash for the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network on their new 78-foot cruiser, Polaris II.

The 30-year-old nonprofit, which cares for 3,400 animals each year and has more than 200 volunteers, has just launched a $1 million capital campaign to build a new center on its 2-acre Goleta foothills site, with $750,000 having to be raised by June next year to secure a challenge grant of $250,000 from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

Highlight of the party, which raised more than $20,000, was the release of a pelican from the stern of the boat, which had been restored to health after being found emaciated and dehydrated.

Among the animal lovers showing their support were Gretchen Lieff, Richard and Annette Caleel, Bilo Zarif, Tom and Eileen Mielko, Hal Conklin, Tom and Heather Sturgess, Kristi Newton, Ted Bauer, and Roland Bryan.

Celebrating the Pelican to be released in the Santa Barbara Harbor are Roland Bryan, SBWCN president; Polaris II hostess Sarah Chrisman; patron Gretchen Lieff; host and captain Roger Chrisman; Eileen and Tom Mielko and having opened the release door is Elaine Ibarra, Animal Care coordinator and admin assistant (photo by Priscilla)
Supporters and patrons of Santa Barbara’s Wildlife Care Network Donna Kall, Ted Baer, Peter Halper, Paris Vanden Akker, veterinaran VCA Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital; David Gibbs, Colleen Lehman, and Kat Halper (photo by Priscilla)
Ross Anderson, Edie Caldwell, Miles Hartfeld, Polaris II yacht captain Roger Chrisman, and Elaine Ibarra, SBWCN Animal Care coordinator (photo by Priscilla)

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