SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Rescue Mission’s fifteenth annual fundraiser will be held at the historic Rancho Dos Pueblos estate on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s theme Blues on the Bayou features a casual outdoor afternoon event. Guests will select gifts from Santa Barbara’s finest silent auction, feast on sumptuous Louisiana cuisine by Lorraine Lim Catering and enjoy the sounds of saxophonist, Ron McCarley. This special benefit is organized by the Mission’s very own Women’s Auxiliary which consists of 65 dedicated members.
This year Silvio Di Loreto will be honored with the Léni Fé Bland Award. Silvio will be recognized for the important role he has played in the history of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and for his help securing the real estate where our facility now resides on Yanonali Street.
The funds raised at this event make it possible for the Mission to offer a successful 12-month residential recovery program, as well as provide for homeless guests. Last year, the Bayou event raised over $400,000 to assist people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Mission has helped over 679 people achieve recovery in the last 19 years.
Rolf Geyling, the Rescue Mission President, said “While only 21% of those completing treatment programs nationally maintain their sobriety beyond five years, we are proud that 51% of our graduates remain in recovery over this same time period.”
For more information or to buy tickets ($150), please call the Rescue Mission at (805) 966-1316 ext. 105.
About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Established in 1965, this 501(c)(3) organization brings physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to individuals and families in need. It is the only organization between Oxnard and Santa Maria that provides hot meals and overnight accommodations to homeless guests 365 days of the year. The Rescue Mission offers men’s and women’s 12-month residential recovery, outpatient treatment, family support, relapse prevention, men’s sober living, academic instruction and job skills training. Its residential drug and alcohol program has won regional and national recognition for its extraordinary effectiveness. The Mission receives no government funding.