Tom and Julianna Dain opened the gardens of their picturesque Montecito estate for LifeChronicles 2022 Remarkable Life Award and Film Festival with 100 guests raising more than $75,000. The awards, with ubiquitous emcee Geoff Green, honored Journal columnist, entrepreneur, and futurist Rinaldo Brutoco and his wife, Lalla, and the popular organization, founded by Kate Carter in 1998 that produces legacy videos to assist families in healing and connecting as they cope with the passing of loved ones. Since its establishment, LifeChronicles has filmed more than 1,700 videos in 40 states and 333 cities. The oldest person filmed was 104 years old, the youngest, just 14 months.
“It’s a really powerful and therapeutic experience,” says Carter, executive director. “What we do is lead people into conversations they would likely never have.” Santa Barbara council member Oscar Gutierrez, who started with the charity as a teenager, recounted his experience with the organization, as well as producing the film. Among those turning out for the sunset soirée were Kerrie Smith, Harry and Judi Weisbart, Haley Conklin, Carol Marsch, and Caroline MacDougall.