Pacific Pride Foundation: Hollywood Stars Don Roos, Dan Bucatinsky Get Royal Treatment from Pacific Pride Foundation

Pacific Pride Foundation: Hollywood Stars Don Roos, Dan Bucatinsky Get Royal Treatment from Pacific Pride Foundation

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At annual benefit gala, Julia Louis-Dreyfus presents inaugural Advocacy Award for couple’s work on behalf of LGBTQ issues

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From left, Pacific Pride Foundation Royal Ball co-chairman Mark Appleton,  awardee Don Roos, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, awardee Dan Bucatinsky, and event co-chairwoman Joanna Kearns gather for a group photo as Saturday’s festivities get under way at Bacara Resort & Spa. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

Actress and Montecito resident Julia Louis-Dreyfus presented the Pacific Pride Foundation’s first-ever Advocacy Award to award-winning director/screenwriter Don Roos and Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Dan Bucatinsky for their support and commitment to LGBTQ advocacy.

The honor was bestowed Saturday night at PPF’s sold-out gala at Bacara Resort & Spa.

The annual Royal Ball attracted 600 supporters to the “Dream in Color”-themed fundraiser, which featured a fancy social hour, guest photo shoot, multiple gourmet dinner food stations, a premier music DJ, and dancing on the all-white dance floor until midnight.

The ball, produced by Merryl Brown Events, was emceed by the gracious and talented Jane Lynch, star of the hit TV series Glee.

Roos and Bucatinsky have helped change the scope of LGBTQ representation in Hollywood through both their presence as openly out celebrities and through their dedication to portraying and depicting LGBTQ characters in their work.

Both are exemplary role models, and, according to the PPF, the award celebrates their artistic vision and collaboration in film and television, their portrayal of gay characters, and their inspirational family that represents love, integrity and leadership.

The couple have lived in Montecito for more than a decade and have two children, Eliza and Jonah, who were on hand for the award presentation.

“Obviously, I didn’t read the invitation that said that white was the attire tonight,” quipped Lynch, who was rocking a stylish, all-black jacket and pants ensemble.

“This is such amazing turnout and support for the foundation’s important and incredible work for people with HIV and AIDS,” she continued. “The Pacific Pride Foundation does it all — community education, anti-bullying workshops, food pantry, free AIDS testing, case management, and so many programs and services for the LGBTQ population.”

A couple of guests spoke to Noozhawk about their involvement in the Pacific Pride Foundation. Jefferson Woeste, owner of J. Woeste in Los Olivos, and Bruce Cleveland were attending the Royal Ball for their sixth year.

“We got started with the foundation when we lost a dear friend to AIDS,” Woeste said. “We believe in supporting the organization because of all the vital work that they do in education and the much-needed food pantry.”

The event committee did a fantastic job in raising funds. Foundation officials said all sponsorship categories — $75,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 — were sold out, and the funds would be used to help support the organization’s programs.

The mission of the nonprofit Pacific Pride Foundation is to advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community; care for people living with HIV; and prevent the transmission of HIV.

Next up for the foundation is the 2015 Pacific Pride Festival on July 11 in De la Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara.

Click here for more information about Pacific Pride Foundation, or call 805.963.3636. Click here to make an online donation.

Check back with Noozhawk for complete iSociety coverage of the Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball.

— Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at [email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk@NoozhawkSociety@NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.


From left, Ashleigh David with sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust, actress and Royal Ball emcee Jane Lynch from the TV show Glee, and Cassidy Brewer from the Downtown Organization.


Part of the unique entertainment at the Royal Ball.


John Fishpaw and Davina dressed up for the Royal Ball.


Fun at the photo booth!


One guest got carried away — literally.


Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree and Terry Ryker.


There were lots of fun costumes and white attire at the gala.


Pacific Pride Foundation board vice president Michele Hock, right, and board member Jessa Riley.


Jefferson Woeste, left, owner of J. Woeste in Los Olivos, and Bruce Cleveland.


Actress Joanna Kearns, Royal Ball co-chairwoman, speaks at the podium.


The dance floor filled up at the end of the evening.


Pacific Pride Foundation Getting Ready for Royal Ball

Pacific Pride Foundation Getting Ready for Royal Ball

POSTED: 12:00 AM PDT Apr 24, 2015



Royal Ball Preps Underway

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -It’s one of the most anticipated parties of the year. The 2015 Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball is Saturday night. Crews are busy setting up for this elaborate night of white elegance with bright pops of color as this year’s theme.

The ball will be hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus will present the organizations first-ever advocacy award. It’s a way to bring the gay and lesbian community together and to celebrate the vital programs and services Pacific Pride offers the community.

Board Member John Duffy  says, “we’re the only non-profit organization helping out the LGBT community between Los Angeles and San Francisco.” Some of the services include HIV case management, youth services, free testing, education on bullying.

The event is Saturday night at Bacara Resort and Spa. It’s sold out with 600 people attending.
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Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation ‘Moments in Time’ Gala

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation ‘Moments in Time’ Gala


Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation ‘Moments in Time’ Gala Named for Program That Grants Requests for Kids


Amanda Jackson feels right at home in her newly renovated bedroom. (Mary Jackson photo)

By Flannery Hill for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation | Published on 04.23.2015 8:24 a.m.

Moments in Time, a new signature event for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, is aptly named after one of the organization’s most beloved programs, which grants special requests to children with cancer, such as special outings, meeting celebrities and uniquely themed parties.

The inaugural Moments in Time event will be “A Masked Affair,” a masquerade-themed fundraiser held on Saturday, May 2 at the Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala St. from 7 to 11 p.m.

“At Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, we provide a variety of support programs to families of youth up to age 21 with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties,” said Lindsey Leonard Guerrero, TBCF executive director. “Only through the generosity of our community can we continue to support the critical financial and emotional needs of the families we serve.”

This extraordinary event is coordinated by a hardworking and dedicated volunteer committee and will offer up a special night to enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a DJ party, and a one of a kind auction featuring items from Daniel Gibbings Jewelry, a private party with Kenny Loggins, VIP tickets to Dancing with the Stars and many more exciting items!

In 2014, TBCF supported 649 individuals and to-date has granted $1.3 million of financial assistance. Among their many programs designed to offer wrap-around assistance to families from initial diagnosis, during treatment and into recovery, TBCF’s Moments in Time program creates special “moments” for children and teens to provide an uplifting “emotional boost” during treatment and into their recovery period.

TBCF works with the hospital social workers and the child’s parents/family to organize fun events such as birthday parties in the hospital, attending concerts, meet and greets with celebrities, and family reunions. Some of the Moments in Time programs granted last year included requests from the following TBCF youth:

A New Room for Amanda

Amanda Jackson, 20, was going through an extremely difficult time, battling cancer for the fourth time and wanted a new bed and new wall color. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation teamed up with one of its generous donors and Taylor House Interiors to create a full room makeover, including a brand new full-sized bed frame, mattress, headboard and bedding; a fresh coat of  paint; a new ceiling fan; a brand new custom designed closet instillation; crown molding installation, two night stands, and many special extras!

Maddy Gets a Surprise Princess Party

Six-year-old Maddy missed her princess party at home because she got very sick and had to be airlifted by helicopter from her home in Paso Robles to Cottage Children’s Hospital. She spent nine days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in a medical induced coma and in the months after, had to do physical and occupational therapy to learn how to walk and talk again. When she regained her strength, TBCF surprised her with a very special princess party at Cottage Children’s Hospital.

For information on these or other Moments in Time stories, or other TBCF programs or about purchasing tickets to Moments in Time “A Masked Affair,” please contact Bryan Kerner at 805.962.7466 or click here.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.

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