PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fundraiser to Benefit Marine Mammals - November 1

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) provides medical care and rehabilitates marine mammals with the goal of releasing healthy animals back to their natural, wild environment. Licensed and experienced veterinarians are responsible for the examination, evaluation and treatment of each patient throughout the rehabilitation process. CIMWI is hosting a fundraiser to support the organization’s marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation work.

Held at Carriage and Western Art Museum in Santa Barbara on Saturday, November 1, 2014
Proceeds Support Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation

Guests will party the night away with live music by The Rincons (lively local band that plays surf and western music); enjoy wines from Carivintâs Winery, Salerno Winery and Windrun Wine as well as beer from The Brewhouse and Firestone Walker Brewing Company; feast on appetizers from Pure Joy Catering, BBQ4ALL, Petrini’s, Three Pickles, Sojourner Café, and others; sample decadent desserts from Trufflehound’s Fine Chocolates, Rincon Catering and Santa Barbara Chocolate Fountains.

The fundraiser includes a raffle and silent auction, featuring donations from a host of local businesses including: Patagonia, Jedlicka’s, The Wharf, Plum Goods, Kimberly Vyn Designs, Bacara Resort and Spa, Alcazar, Milk & Honey,, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Island Packers, The Wharf, Aspen Helicopters, Progressive Equine, Parameters Custom Framing, Vino Divino, and many more.

The event is on Saturday, November 1 at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara (129 Castillo St.) from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. All proceeds support marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation. Tickets are $60/person in advance, or $75 at the door. Admission includes two drink tickets (wine or beer), appetizers, desserts, and one raffle ticket. Additional drink and raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event.

Reserve your tickets today – space is limited! Book online at or call (805) 364-0411. Each event ticket is a tax-deductible donation to CIMWI (tickets are non-refundable).

About CIMWI:
Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI, pronounced “sim-wee”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference through marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, research and education to promote ocean and human health. CIMWI is a part of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program under the direction of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

CIMWI’s facility is located at the historic Vista Del Mar Union School campus along the Gaviota coast in Santa Barbara County. Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute is the only authorized organization to respond to and rehabilitate pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) for Ventura County. CIMWI is experiencing an exponential and consistent increase in the need for its services. CIMWI is an all-volunteer organization outside of one seasonal staff position. The organization’s daily operations and achievements are the results of the work done by this dedicated team of people.

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