Denim and Diamonds

By Lynda Millner   |   May 31, 2022
Habitat CEO Jessica de L’Arbre and board president Lora Fisher

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County invited everyone to their annual fundraising benefit, Denim and Diamonds, held at the Carriage House & Western Art Museum on Castillo Street. There was a passel of rhinestone cowgirls and cowboys everywhere. I’m not sure any of them could wrestle a steer but they looked good.

We were all there to raise money to support their mission of helping individuals and families in need build and improve a place to call home. There were many stories about the lasting impact of their new construction and home repair initiatives. President of the Board Lora Fisher welcomed the group, explaining, “Volunteers are the heart of our success.” Jono Shaffer from OceanHills Covenant Church gave the invocation.

Habitat CEO Jessica de L’Arbre explained the excitement in building and what the Paddle Raise can do. “We are small but mighty.” After margaritas and a down-home, Western tri-tip buffet, CEO from Montecito Bank & Trust Janet Garufis banged the gavel for the Paddle Raise. She did a good job because the total raised was $80,000. Yeehaw! Donations started at $100 for tools and supplies to $10,000 for predevelopment costs for Cota Street housing. One $5,000 bid even came over the telephone.

Kudos go to all the sponsors and event planners. For information call (805) 320-5744 or visit  

Habitat board members Jan Hubbell, Doug Wood, Das Williams with daughter Khaya, and Rhys Morris

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