Tag archives: luncheon

Mad Hatter Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2022

It’s been three long years since Transition House Auxiliary has been able to have their Mad Hatter Luncheon. This year the theme was “Roaring ‘20s Revisited,” and indeed it was. The Rosewood Miramar ballroom was filled with fascinators, fringe, and feathers. Carolyn Sweet took home the most beautiful chapeau, Scott Seltzer went away with most […]

Women of Inspiration
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2022

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria celebrated empowering women and girls at its annual Women of Inspiration luncheon recently. And what could be a more powerful example than a NASA rocket scientist, Tracy Van Houten, to give the keynote speech? Tracy is a lead engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She calls herself a STEMinist (Science, […]

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, […]

Carpinteria Girls Inc.
By Lynda Millner   |   May 6, 2021

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria recently held its annual Women of Inspiration luncheon via Zoom. The luncheon is always inspirational to those of us who attend. Who doesn’t like to hear success stories? This year the keynote speaker was health guru and motivational coach Jenny Schatzle. She is the creator of Bond Fitness (formerly the Jenny […]

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 […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Cancels Luncheon
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 4, 2020

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in our community that provides financial, educational, and emotional support to local families who have a child with cancer. The organization also has a reputation for its signature events, as a way to raise much-needed funding. Their flagship event, the Gold Ribbon Luncheon held at Four […]

Women United
By Lynda Millner   |   March 12, 2020

Little Women, a Classic Storybook Luncheon, was the theme of the Women United’s second annual luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore for United Way. Event chair Andrea Kahmann and her “gang” looked smashing in their Victorian dresses complete with corsets. Andrea commented, “I’m so glad we don’t have to wear these anymore.” The décor fit […]

Thrive Fashion Show
By Lynda Millner   |   December 26, 2019

Ladies still do lunch and love a fashion show! We know because the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort changed their ballroom into a luncheon with runway and lights to showcase six models. They were all breast cancer survivors who had gone to the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) for support. Prior to the show in […]

California Missions Foundation
By Lynda Millner   |   October 31, 2019

A little known secret in Santa Barbara is the California Missions Foundation (CMF). I went to a lovely fall fundraiser luncheon at Tyde’s restaurant at the Coral Casino arranged by CMF executive director/CEO David Bolton and his staff. The sun was shining off the ocean, a slice of heaven with about 50 of us enjoying […]

The Path Of Most Resistance
By Lynda Millner   |   October 17, 2019

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara gave its 18th annual celebration luncheon at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Their theme was “The Path of Most Resistance: Effecting Change Through Perseverance.” The emcee for the event was Sofia, who has been a Girls Inc. gal since kindergarten and it shows with all her confidence at […]

Gold Ribbon Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   October 10, 2019

The paddles never stopped going up during “the ask” for dollars for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF). In all the 25 years I’ve covered non-profit events, it was amazing. All the proceeds go to help children with cancer and their families in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. TBCF was founded in […]

Lobero Theatre Associates Annual Luncheon
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 3, 2019

In September the Lobero Theatre Associates held their annual luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club, treated to lunch and informal modeling courtesy of Giuliana Montecito and exquisite jewelry from Oliver & Espig Gallery.  The mission of the Lobero Theatre Associates is to raise money for the Lobero Theatre Foundation in its efforts to serve the […]

Music & Moms
By Lynda Millner   |   June 6, 2019

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) focused this year at their annual Mother’s Day luncheon not on fashion but on “Music & Moms” at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The honored mother was Sharol Siemens and the remembered moms were Faviola Belnitz Calderon, Josie Gower, Alice Mitchell, Marilyn Ramos Benitez, and Rebecca Riskin, all […]

Spring Fling
By Lynda Millner   |   May 30, 2019

The Transition House Auxiliary held its 21st Mad Hatter Luncheon and for the first time at the new and elegant Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito in the Chandelier Ballroom. What a treat to be in a ballroom with windows. The day began with tours of the new resort which most of us had not seen. The […]

By James Buckley   |   May 30, 2019

Montecito resident Lawrence Dam‘s son-in-law Jason Baffa, who lives in Summerland, is the director and director of photography of the film Loopers, which opens Friday, June 7 at the Hitchcock Cinema & Public House on Hitchcock Way in Santa Barbara. The film takes on a subject I kind of know and absolutely love: golf. And, […]

Women in Communication
By Lynda Millner   |   May 2, 2019

This was the 12th annual Women of Achievement (WOA) awards luncheon.  It was given at the El Paseo Restaurant – a luncheon honoring women “Who Make a Difference with Stories that Matter.” The Association for Women in Communications (AWC-SB) is the only chapter in the state of California. Their membership includes authors, journalists and broadcasters; […]

Museum of Art Sustainers
By Lynda Millner   |   April 25, 2019

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board has another group it couldn’t do without and that is the Sustainers who give continual financial support for their Board’s many projects. These are Museum members who have been active on the board in many capacities and then choose to “retire” or at least not be active […]

Hats Off to Hattie!
By Lynda Millner   |   April 25, 2019

The Lobero Theatre Associates have a winning event every year when they present the Hats Off luncheon in the Loggia Ballroom at the Santa Barbara Biltmore. The members rummage through their closets for those little worn items, a dress hat, dust them off and then tip them to the honored keynote speaker. This year that […]

Celebrity Authors Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   April 4, 2019

In 1970, my friend Susan Gulbranson’s mom, Clair Miles, who was a nurse and doctor’s wife, learned of a young father under extreme stress who killed his eight-week-old son. She put a special telephone in her home and instructed her young children to never answer if it rang. Thus was born Child Abuse Listening Mediation […]

A Storybook Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   March 21, 2019

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” René Descartes When I was a little girl (a thousand years ago) the big collectible was Storybook dolls. They were a little smaller than a Barbie, which came later, and arrived in white boxes with either blue or […]