Tag archives: fundraiser

15th Annual St. Vincent’s Fashion Show Luncheon
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 5, 2023

The much-loved St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara annual fashion show luncheon took off with all the holiday flair of the season at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Ballroom on Saturday, November 25. This year was their 15th annual event, and saw 300 guests with a wait list, indicating the growth of the event over the years, since […]

Lotusland Forever
By Richard Mineards   |   November 28, 2023

Lotusland, the 37-acre botanical paradise that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, received a Happy Birthday gift from Mayor Randy Rowse, when he presented board members of the historic estate with a colorfully inscribed vellum proclamation on behalf of our Eden by the Beach. The tony twosome, Laura Bridley and Jeanne Anderson, joined the […]

Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter 2023 Honorees
By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 28, 2023

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter celebrated National Philanthropy Day with a Philanthropy Awards presentation on Tuesday, November 14, at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The event was led by their President Lauren Trujillo, her co-chairs Molly Kemper and Gerry Pantoja, and the event committee: Karen Y. Kawaguchi, Megan Nuss, Hannah Quiroz, Shannon […]

Music Academy Auxiliary 2nd Annual Sip and Swap Fundraiser
By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 21, 2023

The beloved Music Academy’s (MA) Auxiliary held its 2nd Annual Sip and Swap Fundraiser at the MA’s Marilyn Horne Main House on Thursday, November 9. The event saw both its members and their friends joining for a lovely evening of libations and top tier swapping of one or more treasured items from one’s closet to […]

FSA’s Turn to Serve
By Richard Mineards   |   November 21, 2023

The Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County got into quite a pickle at the Montecito Club at the weekend. The popular charity, founded in 1899, hosted its inaugural pickleball tournament with 68 players organized by local realtor Natalie Collins-Smith, raising $20,000 for senior service programs and youth mental health with sponsorship from Farmers & […]

Surfing for Support at FisHouse
By Richard Mineards   |   November 21, 2023

A tsunami of supporters turned up at the FisHouse for a Heal the Ocean sunset soirée to thank donors for helping raise a most impressive record $350,000 from its fourth consecutive imaginary Silver Anniversary gala. “It’s the perfect kind of event,” enthused Hillary Hauser, president and executive director of the popular charity. “Very little overhead […]

Explore Ecology Annual Sustainable Table Fundraiser
By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 7, 2023

Explore Ecology’s (EE) Annual Sustainable Table Fundraiser was held for the first time since 2019 on Thursday, October 26, at the Cabrillo Pavilion. The lucky 120 guests were treated to an extraordinary dinner event that was warm and welcoming, with many longtime friends of the organization reuniting. Seen at the event were EE’s Art from […]

75th Anniversary of the Assistance League of Santa Barbara
By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 7, 2023

The Assistance League (AL) of Santa Barbara celebrated its 75th Anniversary with an afternoon reception at its Veronica Springs Road offices on Thursday, October 26. The local chapter, the 10th of 120 chapters nationally, was founded post-WWII in 1948 by 15 society women who saw a need to help the community in ways beyond compare. […]

Hillside House Hosts 2nd Annual “Friend-raiser”
By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 7, 2023

The Hillside House organization held its 2nd Annual “Friend-raiser” event to bring their work out to the community in an open program event on Sunday afternoon, October 29, at the Carousel House at Chase Palm Park.  There were mini-info tables all around the rotunda with staff members providing information on the various programs of the […]

22nd Annual St. Vincent’s Golf Classic Fundraiser at the Montecito Country Club 
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 31, 2023

Monday, October 16, saw the 22nd Annual St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara Golf Classic at the Montecito Club, a charity tournament supporting single mothers and young children in the Family Strengthening Program. There were 20 teams with 80 players who competed for grand prizes in over five categories. The event commenced at 10 am with breakfast, […]

Lunch’ing for a Cause
By Richard Mineards   |   October 24, 2023

Domestic Violence Solutions, founded in 1977, hosted its 15th annual lunch at the Montecito Club with 150 guests raising over $90,000 for the cause, which offers safety, shelter, and support for victims. Last year the organization’s advocates answered more than 4,000 calls to its crisis line, provided 110 children with immediate safety at its emergency […]

22nd Annual Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Fundraiser
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 17, 2023

The beloved Santa Barbara Rescue Mission (SBRM) held its 22nd annual major fundraiser, Big Waves on the Bayou, on Saturday, October 7 at the Dos Pueblos Ranch with the ocean waves as the backdrop.  Over 300 guests sported beach resort attire. The event décor by Decoration Chair Dianne Davis complemented the shoreline with coral tablecloths, […]

Rona Barrett’s 87th Birthday and Beatles-  themed Fundraiser
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 17, 2023

Rona Barrett celebrated her 87th birthday in style with her annual birthday fundraiser, this year Beatles themed and titled, “I Rona Hold Your Hand!”The event saw an intimate guest list at the Santa Ynez Historical Carriage Museum on precisely her birthday, Sunday, October 8 – which is the same as John Lennon! Here, all things […]

1st Annual Casa del Herrero Estate Sale
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 17, 2023

In its 1st Annual Estate Sale, the team at Casa del Herrero saw six months of love and labor come to fruition to pull together the most exquisite estate sale for our town with sale proceeds to benefit the organization’s mission. There were two sale dates, a private pre-sale party on Friday, October 6, and […]

Sun, Bread & Roses
By Richard Mineards   |   October 17, 2023

Oenophiles and gourmands were out in force when the Fund for Santa Barbara hosted its 30th annual Bread & Roses event for 520 guests at Elings Park after many years at the QAD headquarters in Summerland. The bountiful bash, co-hosted by Eric Cardenas and Julia Hamilton, raised more than $200,000 for the 43-year-old charity that […]

CADA’s 36th Annual Amethyst Ball
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 10, 2023

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) held its 36th Annual Amethyst Ball at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum on Friday, September 29. The Ball’s theme this year was “The Great Gatsby,” and guests were in full-on brilliant 1920s vintage frocks, with women in colorful sequined dresses, silks, matching cocktail gloves, feathered velvet headpieces, […]

MOXI’s Annual Gala Fundraiser
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 10, 2023

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, held its Annual MOXI@Night fundraising gala at the museum on Saturday, September 30. The theme this year was “A Celebration of Sound + Light,” utilizing both throughout the museum with multi-genre live music and light show entertainment experiences. Funds raised are dedicated to the museum’s STEAM education […]

A Rawr-ing Good Night
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2023

Party guests at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network gala got an early taste of Halloween with its theme Wild Night Out: Nocturnal. Many of the 225 party animals dressed as Dracula or sported bat wings at the beastly bash at the historic Santa Barbara Club that raised around $150,000 for the popular 35-year-old nonprofit, […]

Gala Goes Green
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2023

Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council hosted its annual Green Gala for more than 200 guests at its new 10,000-square-foot Environmental Hub on State Street, just a tiara’s toss from the Granada Theatre. The handsome property, formerly the home of the Unity Shoppe, underwent a major $3.5 million renovation, with the boffo bash, which brings together […]

A Royal Rockin’ Time at One805LIVE!
By Richard Mineards   |   October 3, 2023

One805LIVE!, the organization founded in 2018 after the mudslides that devastated our rarefied enclave, is now By Royal Appointment! For the second consecutive year, Oscar winner Kevin Costner opened the gates of his 10.25-acre Carpinteria oceanside estate, just a tiara’s toss from his $145 million beach compound, which attracted a record 3,000 guests and raised […]