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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, August 22, 2016

CEC to Host Award-Winning Green Gala

August 10, 2016, SANTA BARBARA, CA—The Community Environmental Council (CEC) will host its annual “eco-chic” party of the year, the Green Gala, on Friday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. Held at The Lark, 131 Anacapa St. in Santa Barbara, the fundraiser is the only ‘close-out’ event this year at the Funk Zone’s hottest restaurant, named by Wine Enthusiast as one of America’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2016.

In the spirit of both The Lark and CEC’s eco-ethic, the décor will feature repurposed materials, guided by the award-winning Merryl Brown Events, creative consultant and longtime Green Gala partner. This dedication to creative reuse with minimal waste is a hallmark of the annual fundraising and awareness raising event, along with an emphasis on local food, water conservation, reusable products and waste reduction.

At the reception, guests will enjoy a variety of local spirits and delicious appetizers while posing for fun eco-portraits, courtesy of Outrageous Booths. Following the cocktail hour, guests will indulge in a seated three-course dinner custom designed by The Lark’s chefs for the event. Served family style, the sustainably-minded feast will highlight wine and food from local farms and vineyards.

This year’s program will be emceed by local media personalities John Palminteri and Spencer Fischer with non-profit favorite Geoff Green acting as auctioneer. The Green Gala Committee is chaired by CEC Partnership Council Member Laura McGlothin, and Neil Dipaola is Honorary Chair.

Tickets to the cocktail attire event are $275 per person. To RSVP, go to http://www.cecsb.org/events-page/green-gala/green-gala-2016/ or contact Kathi King at (805) 963-0583 x108 or kking@cecmail.org.

About Community Environmental Council
Since 1970, CEC has used its voice wisely and thoughtfully to push for systemic change in areas with the biggest impact on our environment—such as energy, transportation, waste, and food systems. In addition to public education and advocacy, CEC provides direct support to the community on practical solutions such as driving less, choosing high-efficiency electric vehicles, adding solar to homes, ditching single-use plastic, and making food choices that support the environment.

For more information on CEC:
• Find CEC on the web at CECSB.org
• Like CEC on Facebook at Facebook.com/CECSB
• Follow CEC on Twitter @CECSB and on Instagram @CEC_SB
• Call CEC at 805-963-0583 ext. 100

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