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Sara Miller McCune, Citrix honored for community contributions in benefit held at historic Fleischmann estate

9-20-2013 3-06-12 PMFrom left, Melissa Petersen, board chairwoman of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County; Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin; event designer and major sponsor Susan Dempster; and Pamela Lewis, executive director of the Hutton Parker Foundation. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkNews | Published on 09.15.2013 5:50 p.m.

Midday Sunday proved to be a magical time for a creative fundraiser for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. More than 150 guests gathered at Pacifica Graduate Institute, located at the historic Fleischmann estate in Carpinteria, for the second annual Table of Life Gala.

The entirely outdoor event featured early refreshments and wine in Pacifica’s organic gardens, a wonderful boxed luncheon by Rincon Catering served under umbrellas on the upper lawn, and live music by the Alex Marshall Band. Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree served as honorary event chairwoman, assisted by honorary and host committees.

The benefit recognized philanthropist Sara Miller McCune and Goleta-based Citrix for their contributions to the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition.

Major sponsors included Susan Dempster (who created the event’s theme and design), Hutton Parker Foundation, Connie and John Pearcy, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, SAGE Publications, Orfalea Foundation and Citrix.

Proceeds benefited the Foodbank’s Feed the Future programs, a sequential series of innovative programs that foster nutritional health and independence in children of all ages. These programs have been nationally recognized for their approach to making long-term change in their lives of recipients.

Check back with Noozhawk for full coverage of the event.

Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at [email protected] . Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk or @NoozhawkSociety. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.


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