PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Table of Life Fundraiser October 17

Santa Barbara, CA, September 15, 2015 — Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is bringing together the local food industry, chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and foodies to celebrate Santa Barbara County’s finest, and provide nutritional meals to children. This year, the Foodbank is proud to honor Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree and Sherry Villanueva for their leadership and steadfast commitment to improving food security. The Table of Life Gala will be held on October 17, 2015 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Jim & Stephanie Sokolove’s Montecito estate. Proceeds will support the nutritional health of our community through building and inspiring our next generation of culinary talent through the Foodbank’s Feed the Future programs.

Now in its fourth year, the Foodbank’s Feed the Future programs (Food Literacy in Preschool, Kid’s Farmers Market, Picnic in the Park, Teens Love Cooking and Healthy School Pantry) teach nutritional independence and health in children from infancy to young adulthood. Practicing good health — including the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into one’s diet — at a young age helps set a standard for lifelong nutritional decisions and advocacy. A single ticket of $1,000 sponsors 20 children within the Feed the Future programs ensuring they receive local, fresh produce and nutrition education year round.

The Sokolove’s are personal Foodbank supporters who are generously opening their home to allow the community to indulge in a spectacular afternoon and learn more about moving from hunger into health. Their estate will be the backdrop for a garden party featuring live music from the Doublewide Kings, wine and spirits and food stations featuring local favorites:

Michael Hutchings, Christine Dahl, Stephanie Sokolove, The Lark, Driscoll’s Berries, World Cuisine Express Organic Kitchen, Edie Robertson, Liz Santa Barbara Caterer, Catering Connection, Pete Clemens, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Tri-County Produce, Shalhoob Meat Company, Nimita’s Cuisine, Bacara Resort and Spa

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Event Details
A Garden Party

Date: October 17, 2015

Time: 4 PM – 7 PM

Host/Location: Jim & Stephanie Sokolove’s Montecito Estate

Co-Chairs: Marybeth Carty and Arlene Montesano

Honorary Committee: Michael & Tracy Bollag, Citrix, Ann Daniel, Bob & Christine Emmons, Dr. Stephen Aizenstat & Dr. Maren Hansen, Carla Hahn, Perri Harcourt, Natalie Orfalea, Alison Wrigley Rusack & Geoff Rusack, Ken & Jo Saxon, Richard & Maryan Schall, Michael & Anne Towbes, Fielding Graduate Institute

Host Committee: Marybeth Carty, Ann Daniel, Arlene Montesano, Nancy Paley, Nancy Sheldon, Stephanie Sokolove, Nina Terzian, Judi Weisbart

School of Knowledge Sponsor

The Bank of Santa Barbara
Michael & Tracy Bollag
Lillian Lovelace
Arlene Montesano
Chuck & Missy Sheldon and Mike & Nancy Sheldon
Jim & Stephanie Sokolove
Warren & Mary Lynn Staley
Sherry Villanueva
Feed the Future Supporter

Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Blue Star Parking
Cottage Health System
Robert & Christine Emmons
Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Montecito Bank & Trust
Orfalea Foundation
Sage Publications
Ken & Jo Saxon
Richard & Maryan Schall
Venoco, Inc.
About Foodbank Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 300 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 146,000 unduplicated people of whom nearly 35% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food — half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit


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