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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 1, 2012

CEC Hosts Award-Winning Green Gala

Winner of the International Special Events Society “Best Green Solution” in both 2010 and 2011, this year promises to outdo even last year’s phenomenal event


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The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is hosting the annual “eco-chic” party of the year, the Green Gala, on Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Held at the historic Santa Barbara Armory, at 700 E. Canon Perdido St. in Santa Barbara, the fundraiser is designed by Merryl Brown Events, who is transforming the site into a stunning, green space filled with wildly costumed performance artists, Green Greeters and a feast for the senses. The Green Gala regularly wins prestigious national awards for producing minimal waste and creatively incorporating repurposed and borrowed elements.

Guests will be welcomed by airbrushed Green Greeters and stilt walkers as they make their way through the beautiful room filled with trees hung with moss and dripping with LED lights. A Green Glam bar will feature henna artists, leafy accessories, and palm readers, and guests will be invited to bid in a carefully curated silent auction. Local, organic food is being provided by Full of Life Flatbread, drinks by Lieff Winery, Telegraph Brewery and 123 Tequila, and a dessert buffet featuring truffles, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, candies and selections from Santa Barbara’s own McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams. Throughout the night, rock star LA DJ Derek Montiero will spin his amazing mix of dance music. Step into the experience of the Rhythm Cave™– a “room” created out of LED screens that surround the dance floor with amazing images from nature, taking you from the middle of a forest, to underwater kelp beds, to a windswept mountain top. It will be a multi-sensory experience not to be believed!

The Green Gala is an annual fundraiser for the Community Environmental Council, whose mission is to reduce the Santa Barbara region’s dependence on fossil fuels in one generation (Fossil Free by ’33). Some of CEC programs include Solarize Santa Barbara (increasing the amount of solar installed on the South Coast), Plug In Central Coast (supporting the transition to electric vehicles in the tri-counties), Rethink the Drink (transitioning schools from disposable plastic water bottles to water refill stations), and the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival (annually organized by CEC on behalf of the community).

Silent Auction highlights include a week in a private home in Hanalei, Kauai; a Chef’s Holiday package to the Ahwahnee in Yosemite; a Platinum Pass to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival; several spa services from the Montecito Aesthetic Institute; a Shaun Tomson ‘surf package’; art from local artists Matti Berglund and Marc Gelinas and more.

The Green Gala is being coordinated by Merryl Brown Events for the fourth year in a row. “We are proud to partner with Merryl Brown Events; the three previous Green Galas she produced have won prestigious national awards,” said Sigrid Wright, Assistant Director, Community Environmental Council. These awards include the International Special Events Society “Best Green Solution” in both 2010 and 2011 and the Biz Bash West Event Style Award “Best Green Initiative for an Event” Finalist in 2011.

The event will take place on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at The Santa Barbara Armory, 700 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. Tickets to the cocktail attire event are $250 per person. To RSVP, please contact Kathi King at (805) 963-0583 x 108 or kking@cecmail.org.

For more information about the CEC, please visit our website, on Twitter @CECSB and on Facebook, Community Environmental Council (CEC).

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