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Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign Culminates with Awards Luncheon





100714-TeddyBear-630From left, Billy Baldwin, Gold Ribbon Luncheon Heart of Gold Award recipient; Tina Fanucchi-Frontado, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Board of Directors chair; Drs. Chris Landon and Francisco Bracho, Gold Ribbon Luncheon Humanitarian Award recipients; and Roberta Fishman and Stan Fishman, Gold Ribbon Campaign Visionary Bear Sponsors. (Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation photo)


By Flannery Hill for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation | Published on 10.07.2014

The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign, held throughout the month of September, sought to raise awareness about childhood cancer issues, and raise money to support TBCF’s emotional and financial programs.

Last Thursday, the efforts of the Gold Ribbon Campaign concluded with a special event — the Gold Ribbon Luncheon — where community members and supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore to support TBCF’s endeavours, as well as honor the special Gold Ribbon Luncheon Award recipients.

“We are here today to celebrate the finale of our second Gold Ribbon Campaign and to honor those who support Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation,” said Lindsey Guerrero, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation executive director. “The Gold Ribbon Campaign would not have been possible without community collaboration including our team of dedicated volunteers, our 2014 Gold Ribbon campaign spokesperson, Carol Burnett, campaign sponsors, generous donors, community partners and, of course, our children and families.”

Over 320 guests gathered at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore for the Gold Ribbon Luncheon. Highlights of the event included a silent auction, raffle, and live auction to raise funds for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s emotional and supportive service programs, as well as a ceremony to honor the Gold Ribbon Luncheon honorees:

» Dr. Francisco Bracho — Humanitarian Award

» Dr. Christopher Landon — Humanitarian Award

» National Charity League, Santa Barbara Chapter — Helping Hands Award

» Jeff and Erika Zamora — Pay-It-Forward Award

» Billy Baldwin — Heart of Gold Award

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

Foodbank Seeks Community Harvest Sites, Volunteers for Backyard Bounty Day





100514-Bounty-630All the food harvested during the Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty Day on Oct. 25 will go toward feeding people in need across Santa Barbara County. (Foodbank of Santa Barbara County photo)


By Amy Bernstein for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County | Published on 10.06.2014

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County seeks produce donors and volunteers for theFoodbank Backyard Bounty Day on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Foodbank is calling out to community members with harvest sites (orchards or gardens) in South Santa Barbara County, and volunteers to help harvest, with the goal of harvesting over five tons of produce.

Backyard Bounty Day is an opportunity to enjoy harvesting produce on beautiful ranches, historic estates, and backyards in our region, while helping Foodbank serve one in four people throughout the county.

“We are so lucky in Santa Barbara County to have such a wide variety of fresh produce growing nearly year-round,” said Niles Brinton, the Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty coordinator. “Our mission is to make sure that none of this produce goes to waste; to provide it to those who need it most.”

Since the Backyard Bounty program began in 2007, volunteers have harvested more than 500,000 pounds of fresh local produce for area residents in need. All together, the Foodbank provides over 330 member nonprofit partners with food support — half of which is fresh produce — annually feeding over 144,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 40 percent are children.

The program’s donors are happy to know that their excess produce will not be entering the waste stream or rotting on the ground, but instead be going to a good cause. Over 25 percent of our local landfill is food, while one in five children in Santa Barbara County are food insecure.

Backyard Bounty donations range from a single tree to large orchards, with South County donors stretching from the Goleta Valley to the hills of Montecito and Carpinteria.

“Without good people who share their overabundance of fruits and vegetables and the volunteers who dedicate their time, this program would not be possible,” Brinton said.

How to Participate

» Provide a harvest site: Visit backyardbounty.org and register trees or crops. Registrants will then be contacted directly to arrange for a harvest. All donations are tax-deductable, and protected under the Good Samaritan Act.

» Volunteer: Visit backyardbounty.org to sign up for upcoming harvests, including Backyard Bounty Day.

» Drop off produce: Visit the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse at 4554 Hollister Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For questions, contact Niles Brinton at [email protected] or 805.403.8327.

— Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Dedication ceremony set for Little Free Library in Isla Vista




Oct 6, 2014 6:39 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News


The Little Free Library at Isla Vista’s Children’s Park will be dedicated at a ceremony Monday.

The celebration is happening at 4:00 p.m.

The Little Free Libraries are located at the Children’s park, the Isla Vista Co-op, the Isla Vista Teen Center, and the Peoples’ Self Help Housing Unit on Phelps Road.

Little Free Libraries aim to provide easy access to books and reading materials for people of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

There are no late fees or memberships.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Table of Life Gala Fights Hunger Locally


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Annual benefit at Pacifica Graduate Institute sets the table for vital Feed the Future program

31-630-fbsbc-rrFrom left, Kathleen Barry, Maren Mansen, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County executive director Erik Talkin and Ann Daniel at the nonprofit organization’s Table of Life Gala on Sunday at Pacifica Graduate Institute. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)


By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkSociety | Published on 10.05.2014

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara Countyhosted its third annual Table of Life Gala on Sunday at Pacifica Graduate Institute’sLambert Road campus. The 2014 eventhonored the agricultural community and those who play a big role in the Foodbank’s hunger to health philosophy.

The afternoon fundraiser benefited the Foodbank’s “Feed the Future” programs, a series of initiatives that foster nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. This year’s gala honored Missy and Chuck Sheldon and Driscoll’s with help of honorary event co-chairwomen Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano.

The Sheldons are personal and corporate supporters whose participation allows the community access to tens of thousands of tangerines yearly through Backyard Bounty, a tremendous source of the program’s growth.

Driscoll’s, longtime supporters and leading global distributors of fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, are dedicated to helping the local community while working to create a healthy international workforce. With its Sembrando Salud program, Driscoll’s aims to reduce obesity and diabetes in the United States and Mexico by teaching farmers and their families how to live a healthier lifestyle through cooking, awareness and exercise.

Carty is the community partnership manager for Venoco Inc., directing the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic outreach and assisting up to 150 nonprofit organizations per year. Montesano, a fashion and restaurant industry entrepreneur, is extensively involved with several local philanthropic organizations, and has a passion for nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

Event committee members included Ann Daniel, Sue Dempster, Phyllis De Picciotto and Stan Roden, Brigitte Guehr, Joyce Howerton, Amanda Kramer, Cynder Sinclair, Stephanie Sokolove and Nina Terzian.

This year’s theme focused on the major role that agriculture plays on both the nutritional and financial health of Santa Barbara County. The Foodbank relies on more than 1 million pounds of donated produce locally as well as bringing in another 3 million pounds of fruits and vegetables from other counties. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has made fresh produce a focus, with food, education and community development programs that emphasize fruits, vegetables and good nutrition.

Now in its third year, the Foodbank’s Feed the Future program aims at teaching nutritional independence and health in children from infancy to young adulthood. Practicing good health — including the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into one’s diet — at a young age helps set a standard for lifelong nutritional decisions and advocacy.

Additionally, the Foodbank’s Backyard Bounty program invites local individuals and families to be part of the farm-to-table movement by donating excess or unwanted produce, which is then repurposed through Foodbank programs.

“The contributions of volunteers, businesses, individuals and others involved in our efforts to provide nourishment to those in need is remarkable, and deserves our thanks and recognition,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “This year’s honorees are examples of how individuals and large-scale organizations can participate and help better the nutritional food cycle throughout Santa Barbara County.

“Hunger is a reality here in Santa Barbara. I met a girl sitting on a wall in Santa Barbara’s Westside. Her name was Louisa and she was 15. She described to me how the family struggles to feed her and her two younger siblings. She said ‘my hunger is a hole digging in my stomach.’”

Those helping the cause Sunday included a number of Table of Life Sponsors.

Fruit of the Earth Champion

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

School of Knowledge Sponsors

Armand Hammer Foundation, Tracy and Mike Tracy Bollag, Curvature, Missy and Chuck Sheldon, and Stephanie Sokolove

Feed the Future Supporters

Blue Star ParkingCKE Restaurants, Christine and Bob EmmonsSara Miller McCuneMontecito Bank & TrustOrfalea FoundationSage Publications, Anne and Michael Towbes, Venoco Inc. and Wells Fargo

Feed the Future Friends

Deanna and Jim GP Dehlsen, Susan Rose and Allan Ghitterman, Martha and Peter Karoff, Arlene Montesano, James Nigro, Susan and James Petrovich, Nina and Eric Philips, Katrina Rogers, Peter Sadowski, Maryan and Richard Schall, and Leslie and Robert Zemeckis. Other contributors included Tom Henderson, who provided artwork. and Peter MacDougall.

Stephanie Sokolove served as keynote speaker at the event. She is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur and pioneer of the “Sophisticated Comfort Food” movement.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of more than 350 member nonprofit partners.

In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank — more than 104,500 unduplicated people, of whom 44 percent are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals, half of which was fresh produce.

Click here for more information about the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, or contact Diane Durst at [email protected] or 805.967.5741 x104.

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


nh_food_1_637_478_s_c1Table of Life Gala guests view the food garden before their lunch.

nh_food_2Contractor Richard Heimburg and Karen Schloss-Heimburg strike a pose at the outdoor photo booth.

nh_food_3 Foodbank CFO Carrie Wanek, board president Melissa Peterson with husband Brad, and community outreach director Bonnie Campbell.

nh_food_4_Brian_King,_Lady_Leslie_Ridley-Tree,_and_Montecito_Bank__Trusts_Janet_Garufis.Brian King, top sponsor Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, and Montecito Bank & Trust president and CEO Janet Garufis.

nh_food_6_Event_co-chairs_Marybeth_Carty_and_Arlene_Manasanto_with_Driscoll_Berries Narded Eguiluz, who accepted the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s award for Driscoll’s, is flanked by event co-chairwomen Marybeth Carty, left, and Arlene Montesano.

nh_food_8_Singer_Chris_Beland_performs_at_the_luncheon._621_800 Singer Chris Beland performs at the luncheon.

nh_food_10_Under_canvas_umbrellas_for_lunch_on_Pacificas_campus. Under canvas umbrellas for lunch on Pacifica’s campus.

nh_food_11_Foodbank_supporters_Evon_de_Meistre,_her_daughter_Angelia_Hammer_with_husband_Viktor_Armand_Hammer.Foodbank supporters Evon de Meistre, left, and her daughter and son-in-law, Angelia and Viktor Armand Hammer.

Four Atascadero homes go solar in annual Central Coast Solarthon



Oct 5, 2014 1:54 AM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

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While some people are ready for a break from high temperatures on the Central Coast, others are taking advantage of the sun’s strong rays.

Four homes in Atascadero’s El Camino neighborhood went solar this morning. It was part of the third annual Grid Alternatives Central Coast Solarthon event.

The event also celebrated the organization’s 500th solar installation.

The four houses that made the transition to solar were People’s Self-Help Housing homes.

“Most, if not all of them have young kids who are really excited about not just building their own homes here in this development,” Grid Alternatives Regional Director Anna Lisa Lukes said, “but also having us put solar on those homes to help them keep their houses energy efficient and it enables them to save money.”

The Solarthon also provides job training skills to many of the volunteers who helped install the solar panels, including Cal Poly students and US Coast Guard troops.

East LA high school surprises janitor with Dodger tickets



Students in East Los Angeles surprised their janitor with two Dodger tickets to the National League Division Series opener Friday.

By Rob Hayes

Saturday, October 04, 2014


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Alliance Media Arts and Entertainment Design High School is a big name for a small school of just 300 students all planning one big surprise.

The campus was a sea of energy Friday as kids rolled out their signs, lined up in the sun and waited to surprise their high school janitor.

Mr. Wilfredo Burgos, the high school’s plant manager, is simply the man these students have come to love and respect.

“He’s such a great guy,” student Leo Aban said.

“Sometimes we put a lot on him leaving our trash out, but he never complains about it, he’s always doing it with a smile,” another student said.

That smile and attitude really paid off for the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers fan. He was given two Dodgers tickets to Friday’s National League Division Series opener.

Brent Camalich is the CEO of DUDEbenice.com, a clothing company with a charitable bent that funded this whole event.

“The DUDE.be nice project is a platform for young people to say thanks to a person in their community in a really fun and creative way, and they said we have the perfect person for you,” Camalich said.

Burgos said he “never expected to go to a playoff game.”

Burgos isn’t the only one on the receiving end. Organizers say all these students are also getting something, a valuable lesson. It’s what Camalich calls a “helper’s high”.

“We want to get kids addicted to this helper’s high where they go and do things positive for people, and I think in turn that creates a positive community on campus,” Camalich said.

It’s a test these kids won’t have to study for. As Burgos left early for the Dodger game, the students agreed to finish up his work for the day.