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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, March 24, 2015

KEYT’s Meredith Garofalo Named Chair Of “Cooking Up Dreams”

SANTA BARBARA, March 18, 2015 – Family Service Agency is pleased to announce that Meredith Garofalo has been named Event Committee Chair for Cooking Up Dreams, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County and Family Service Agency. The event is scheduled for 6:30-10pm on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Montecito Country Club

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“I am tremendously honored to take on this leadership role,” said Garofalo. “As a former Big Sister and Director of a Big Brothers Big Sister program in Florida, I know first hand the life-changing benefits mentoring provides. Our dedicated event committee is putting together a very unique event that will knock your socks off! Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday night than having a great time while helping at-risk kids achieve their dreams!”

Rather than the traditional sit-down dinner, Cooking Up Dreams will feature a free flowing, culinary extravaganza with delicious samplings created by leading local chefs and restaurants, a full hosted bar, exquisite wine, Dream BIG Auction, photo booth, and dancing to DJ Scott Topper. Featured chefs and restaurants include Arlington Tavern, Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach, Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina, Cielito Restaurant, Cinnies, Finch & Fork, The Lark, Chef Jean Paul Luvanvi, Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop, Montecito Village Grocery, Pane e Vino, Santa Barbara FisHouse, and World Cuisine Express. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor with reserved seating, please visit www.cookingupdreams.org

Garofalo is a Meteorologist and Reporter for Newschannel 3 where her forecasts can be seen every morning on KEYT from 5-7, Fox 11 from 7-8 AM and on KEYT Midday at 11. She also produces a weekly segment every Friday, Meredith’s Weekend Picks, which highlights community events and works on other feature reports for the newscasts.

Garofalo is very passionate about giving back to the community, and donates her time and talents to many causes including Big Brothers and Big Sisters (where she is also an Advisory Council Member), Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, Make-A-Wish, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and the American Red Cross. Garofalo also enjoys giving classroom talks to students including career days at local high schools. She is an accomplished singer and actress, performing different venues of music at local charity and community events. In September 2013, she starred as “Rizzo” in “Grease” and was a finalist in the 2014 Star Voice Competition.

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ABOUT FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY

Family Service Agency has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County’s most reliable and effective nonprofit organizations. Established in 1899, FSA continues to improve the health and well-being of the community’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors through their transformative and essential programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Senior Services, Family Support Services, Youth & Family Behavioral Health and School Counseling Services. Their programs combine clinical expertise, bilingual and bicultural staff, and close collaboration with other agencies. At FSA, all services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay. For more information, please visit fsacares.org or call (805) 965-1001.

Contact

Melinda Johansson (805) 965-1001 x256 mjohansson@fsacares.org

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