Tag archives: Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Patti and Pizza for a Cause
By Richard Mineards   |   September 20, 2022

Justine Roddick and Tina Schlieske opened the gates of their charming Montecito estate for a special concert by iconic singer-songwriter Patti Smith. More than 120 guests turned out for the Merryl Brown-organized boffo bash, which raised $135,000 to be split equally between the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and CADA – the Council on Alcoholism and […]

Gratitude Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2022

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) gave its 11th Annual Gratitude Luncheon, this time at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. We were outside in the Rotunda under a tent. The occasion was to shed light on the Mentor Program, where an adult volunteers to mentor a young person, usually once a week, […]

A Rockin’ Good Time
By Richard Mineards   |   September 14, 2021

Social gridlock reigned at the Montecito home of Justine Roddick and Tina Schlieske when the dynamic duo hosted a Coney Island-themed, sold-out bash for 120 guests, raising nearly $200,000 for CADA (Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse). The fun fest, entirely underwritten by local real estate magnate Earl Minnis, featured singer-songwriter Patti Smith, 74, dubbed […]

New House
By Lynda Millner   |   December 1, 2020

What many alcoholics need in Santa Barbara is a new house, on a new street, in a new city, for a newfound recovery.” – Elmo Little Elmo was one of the leaders in establishing a rehab place in Santa Barbara. It is called New House and is 64 years old. The idea that alcoholism is […]

Takin’ it to Zoom
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 25, 2020

If the novel coronavirus hadn’t brought the world to a halt this spring, Michael McDonald wouldn’t have been available to participate in the concert for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) taking place this Thursday evening, June 25. That’s because the longtime Santa Barbara resident would have been out on the road as […]

CADA Cares Concert Combats COVID-19 Fundraising Shortfall
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 18, 2020

The unprecedented stay-at-home orders because of the pandemic have been a double whammy for service nonprofits such as the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, whose mission is to provide services for preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse to youth, adults, and families throughout Santa Barbara County. Not only has 70-year-old CADA had to […]

Pre-Ball Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   February 5, 2020

CADA – The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – hosted a kickoff party for its 34th annual Amethyst Ball Motown at the Miramar on March 27. The bash in the ritzy Rosewood hostelry’s library was to find underwriters for the various components of the popular ball, including invitations, car parking, the band, and decor, so […]

The Stars Aligned
By Richard Mineards   |   November 21, 2019

Renowned Croatian soprano Lana Kos, who was scheduled to sing in her debut at Santa Barbara Symphony’s Mozart to Mahler concert at the Granada, had to cancel at the very last minute because of bronchial problems. But luckily help was at hand locally with Anya Matanovic, who recently moved to our tony town and was […]

Nashville Nights
By Richard Mineards   |   April 18, 2019

The Council on Alcoholism and Drugs Abuse’s 33rd annual Amethyst Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara was a real gem! The bold-faced name-filled bash attracted nearly 360 glamorously garbed guests, many in Western outfits, and raised around $650,000 for 70-year-old CADA, which has an annual budget of $5.6 million serving more than 8,600 people with 23 […]

CADA at Coral
By Richard Mineards   |   March 14, 2019

Social gridlock reigned at the Coral Casino’s La Pacifica ballroom when CADA – the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – hosted an underwriting party for its annual Amethyst Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara next month. The beachside bash attracted 90 well heeled guests and raised around $100,00 to cover costs associated with the glittering […]

CADA Celebration
By Richard Mineards   |   February 14, 2019

CADA – Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – held its 8th annual gratitude lunch at the Biltmore, with more than 80 guests raising nearly $100,000 for the nonprofit’s 24-year-old mentor program, which matches fourth and eighth graders with adult help. Ed Stonefelt, president and CEO, described the 25-year-old program, which has helped more than […]

Gratitude Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   July 5, 2018

CADA (Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse) gave its 7th annual Gratitude Luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore to honor the mentors in our lives. The event is the primary fundraising source for CADA’s long-time Mentor Program, which is a school-based prevention program to encourage positive development and education for thousands of students. As the […]

What’s Cookin’
By Richard Mineards   |   June 14, 2018

Ensemble Theatre Company has clearly found the recipe for success with the fifth and final show of its season at the New Vic. Cookin’ at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter, a production about the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman infused with jazz and blues, is written, directed, and choreographed by […]

Checking in
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2018

An avalanche of amazons descended on the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, formerly Fess Parker’s, for the 14th annual presentation of grants by the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara. Checks totaling $535,000 – $50,000 more than last year – went to seven local non-profit agencies, voted on by the membership of 868 women and were […]

Twistin’ at The Ritz
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2018

Shades of yesteryear! Does anyone remember the Twist or Chubby Checker? He was here with his Wildcats band at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara and so were his fans or new fans. The occasion was the 32nd Amethyst Ball “Twistin’ at the Ritz” given by CADA (Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse). Dress was black tie or […]

Having a Ball
By Richard Mineards   |   April 26, 2018

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s 32nd annual Amethyst Ball at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara was a real gem! The socially gridlocked bash attracted around 350 glamorously garbed guests and raised more than $500,000 for the 68-year-old charity, which has an annual budget of $5.6 million serving more than 8,600 people with 23 programs for […]