Tag archives: Andrew Firestone

An Ongoing Court Trial
By Richard Mineards   |   April 4, 2023

Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, is used to being in the limelight, but her current appearance in a Utah courtroom – where she is being sued for $300,000 over a 2016 ski crash on the slopes of the Deer Valley Resort in Park City – must be quite a new experience. Retired Soda Springs optometrist […]

A Saint Remy Courtyard
By Richard Mineards   |   February 7, 2023

Social gridlock reigned when the ubiquitous Andrew Firestone and his partner Jess Parker threw an opening bash at their new 122-room State Street hostelry, Courtyard by Marriott, formerly a La Quinta Inn. After imbibing wine, beer, and specialty cocktails on the roof, guests headed downstairs to Saint Remy, the Cearnal Collective-designed hotel’s new poolside eatery […]

A Legendary Night
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2022

The cavernous stage at the venerable Granada Theatre was socially gridlocked with more than 200 guests for the sixth annual Legends gala emceed by the ubiquitous Andrew Firestone. The recipients, who have illuminated and advanced the performing arts in a significant way, were philanthropists Palmer and Joan Jackson, who have contributed to hundreds of nonprofits […]

‘USS Santa Barbara’ Cruising Along
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2022

It was one hull of a night when 50 maritime mavens turned out for a commissioning bash for the USS Santa Barbara at the Summerland estate of Pat and Ursula Nesbitt. Emcee Andrew Firestone helped raise more than $350,000 to outfit the 127-foot trimaran hulled aluminum 70-crew vessel, the third to be named after our […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Is Dreaming Big
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 21, 2021

Each September, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) invites the community to join it in recognizing National Childhood Cancer Awareness month through its much-cherished Gold Ribbon Luncheon. After multiple cancellations last year, TBCF has announced a smaller luncheon event, to take place under a tent at the Hilton Santa Barbara’s Plaza Del Sol on Wednesday, October […]

Too Hot to Handle
By Richard Mineards   |   February 6, 2020

It was major social gridlock at the Rosewood Miramar when the Montecito Firefighter’s Charitable Foundation threw its second annual New Day gala with the 225 guests raising more than $150,000. Nina Terzian, Gretchen Lieff, Cathy Link, Beverlye Hyman Fead, and Wendy Foster were on the boffo bash’s steering committee, which was produced by Judi Weisbart […]

Seeing Red
By Richard Mineards   |   October 17, 2019

A record 260 guests were seeing red when United Way of Santa Barbara County threw its 23rd annual Red Feather Ball “Red State of Mind” at the Coral Casino, raising around $300,000 for the award-winning Fun in the Sun summer enrichment program and the United for Literacy Initiative. Montecito event whiz Merryl Brown draped the […]

Legends – The Granada Theatre
By Lynda Millner   |   September 26, 2019

As the stars in the sky illuminate our lives, so with the Legends to be honored this autumn night” – Carol Wilburn. The Granada always shines a light on its entertainment, but the annual gala called Legends is one of the biggest illuminations of the year. The honorees who shone were Carol Burnett, Opera Santa […]

StonePark Capital’s Latest Project Opens
By Richard Mineards   |   May 23, 2019

Ubiquitous charity emcee and auctioneer Andrew Firestone has joined the inn crowd! Andrew and his business partner, Jess Parker, who run five-year-old StonePark Capital, have just opened their fourth hotel property in San Luis Obispo, the La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham. The three-story, 102-room hostelry, formerly the Monterey Hotel, has a sky bridge […]

Sea-ze the Day
By Richard Mineards   |   April 21, 2019

Just three hours later the energized Andrew Firestone was at it again when he emceed Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 19th annual Blue Water Ball in the Deckers rotunda, with the 230 guests expected to raised around $185,000 for the popular environmental non-profit. The bustling bash, chaired by Kristin Larson, featured climber and world renowned adventurer Rick […]

Shanghai Nights
By Lynda Millner   |   January 27, 2019

The entire Santa Barbara Club was transformed in a time warp to Shanghai of the 1920s for the annual benefit of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara located at 632 East Canon Perdido Street. The dress was cocktail attire with a touch of Shanghai – fans, mandarin collars, and silk dresses with slits. […]