A Divot-ing Dinner

By Richard Mineards   |   May 7, 2024
Brandon Mowery, Mindy Denson, Paige Beard, and David Asbell (photo by Priscilla)

Divotees were out in force as the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club hosted the second annual Dinner & Divots bash with 110 guests raising around $100,000 for Lobero Theatre Associates’ program to support underserved local youth music education, which also honored the popular theater’s 100th building anniversary.

The tented fun fête, a tiara’s toss from the rustic clubhouse, was co-chaired by Mindy Denson and Paige Beard, with entertainment from guitarist Maitland Ward and keyboardist George Friedenthal, who played with the ‘80s group Mr. Mister.

Bishop Diego sophomore Aria Bonski Evans sang the National Anthem before polo teams from UCSB and Westmont competed in a truncated game on the hallowed Holden Field announced by polo manager Melanja Jones, with Westmont winning 4-3.

Established in 1972, the dynamic women’s auxiliary has raised more than $1 million for the historic venue over the past five decades.

Among the tony throng were Jeep Holden, Charles and Barbara de L’Arbre, Chris Denson, Karen Byers, Stephanie Petlow, Denise Sanford, Jeff Scheraga, Carol Wathen, Robert and Sylvia Easton, Donna Reeves, David and Denise Asbell, and Trish Davis.


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