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Lad Handelman, Shalhoob family honored at gala for stalwart support of community’s kids

UBGC_1Diana Starr Langley, board president of the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, with top sponsor Scott Wood, president of ERG Resources. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)


By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkNews | Published on 09.14.2013 11:55 p.m

What: Simply Elegant Mystery Gala and Auction

For: United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

Where: The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara

The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County hosted a unique “whodunnit” mystery gala and auction at the beautifully restored Granada Theatre. Guests enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the foyer before ascending the circular stairway to the silent auction and more specialty food bars, such as a mashed potato bar. More than 200 supporters enjoyed a friendly social hour before going into the main theater for the live auction and program.

Honored during the main program were the Shalhoob family and Lad Handelman, who was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of service to the United Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Going to the Boys Club in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., was the turning point in my life,” Handelman said. “It was a new way to be challenged and to be myself. My life was never the same. I turned away from gangs.

“This story is played out again and again in the streets of Santa Barbara today. This is why we need to support the United Boys & Girls Clubs.”

Former executive director Sal Rodgriguez and Boys & Girls Club alum and former UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland took the stage to direct the Stand up for Kids challenge.


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