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                            David and Jan Crosby are the first Golden Star contributors to Golden Inn & Village.

August 13, 2015 12:10 pm  •  Mary Ann Norbom [email protected]


David Crosby is the first celebrity to become a “Golden Star” as part of the Rona Barrett Foundation’s new Golden Stars campaign for the Golden Inn & Village (GIV).

The Santa Ynez Valley resident — a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, plus a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee — and his wife Jan, have chosen to honor the memory of her mother as the first Golden Star. They will have a permanent plaque naming one of the 60 affordable senior apartments at the GIV.

After spending three decades as a pioneering entertainment journalist interviewing Hollywood’s top celebrities, Barrett is now reaching out to the stars in a new way — to become Golden Stars and support the GIV.

“Having David and Jan on board is a very nice start to this campaign,” said Barrett. “It’s wonderful of them. I’ve known them both for a very long time, well before we all became neighbors here in the Valley.”

With the Valley becoming a magnet for celebrities, especially for those in the music industry, Barrett is hoping Crosby’s involvement with GIV will inspire others to also donate.

The GIV is now under construction in Santa Ynez. It will be the Valley’s first affordable residential senior housing facility. The goal of the Golden Stars campaign is to have each of the 60 affordable senior living apartments within the GIV sponsored by a Golden Star within the entertainment industry, which will then be named in their honor.

“I am thrilled that David and Jan have chosen to participate in my Golden Stars campaign and help our vulnerable seniors access housing that allows them to age in place,” said Barrett. “The campaign provides an exciting opportunity for people to really become involved in the future of the Golden Inn & Village.”

For more information about the Rona Barrett Foundation and GIV, visit




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