Peeps with a Cause

Miniature Golf and an Art Sale Raise Funds to Fight Cancer

This weekend I was once again reminded how uniquely caring, generous, and fun our community is. Friday had me taking part in the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Second Annual Urban Miniature Golf Challenge, and although, generally speaking, all things golf-with the exceptions of Caddyshack and the simulator at Copeland’s-strike fear and loathing into my soul, I had a great time. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, an organization that raises money for the families of children battling cancer, put on a wonderful event that had 200 or so people cruising in and out of various downtown locales, putting for a great cause. The holes were artfully designed by local landscaping and architectural firms, and manned by Teddy Bear volunteers, who were ready and willing to share the best ways to tackle their holes’ unique challenges. And unique they were. Take, for example, “The British Open Bowl,” found at the Press Room, conveniently located directly across the street from the makeshift clubhouse at Dargan’s. The appropriately named Bowl Hole featured some nasty traps: If your shot was not lined up just so, your ball was doomed to land in one of the two beer-filled toilet bowls lurking under the ramp. Ball retrieval involved a $5 donation and some help from the two lovely tartan-clad volunteers, known only as “Ball Grabber” and “Ball Washer.” I’ll leave the potty humor/Three’s Company-style double entendres to your imagination, but will note that the Press Room raised an impressive several hundred dollars for the Teddy Bear Foundation with its clever ball-busting scheme.

I spent my Saturday cooking dinner for a friend-a single mom of two-who’s currently battling lymphoma, before rallying to make it to an ArtCure benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society held at the Presidio Motel. Given my friend’s current struggle, which she is handling with more humor, grace, and strength than one might imagine is humanly possible, I wouldn’t have dreamed of missing the event, and I’m glad I didn’t. ArtCure, a very Santa Barbara endeavor conceived by photographer Leslie Andrus, raises money for the society to help fund research and recovery while giving up-and-coming artists valuable exposure-and, if this event was any indication, does it in a manner that’s hip, fun, and inviting. Motel proprietors Kenny Osehan and Chris Sewell donated their space, as well as their time and money, for the cause, stringing several pieces of impressive-often cutting-edge-artwork along the walkway of the motel’s balcony and inside one guest room. All of the art was for sale, and each artist offered a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Guests packed the balcony, braving the night’s blustery conditions and perusing the artwork while enjoying the tunes spun by DJ Corey, sipping generous glasses of wine poured by bartendresses Meagan and Molly, and dining on delicious snacks provided by Pascucci. Most of the pieces successfully found new homes, a good chunk of cash was raised for a worthy cause, and a fantastic time was had by all.

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