Unite to Light holds first annual fundraising event, kicks off effort to distribute 100,000 lights

September 26, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA— Unite to Light (UTL) is hosting Light Up the Night, its first annual soiree, on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00p.m. Held on the Channel Cat, the largest luxury sailing catamaran ship in Santa Barbara Harbor, the fundraiser is a unique opportunity for guests to cruise the Santa Barbara coast in comfort and style and learn about Unite to Light’s mission.

At the event, guests will enjoy a variety of local wines and beers, and delicious appetizers while watching for dolphins, whales and pelicans set to the backdrop of our beautiful coastline and the Channel Islands. Following sunset, guests will have the opportunity to head inside the catamaran for a short program detailing the international work of UTL as we cruise back to the harbor.

Light Up the Night is the first annual fundraiser for the Unite to Light. UTL has distributed over 70,000 highly durable, low cost, rechargeable, solar powered reading lamps to those without access to electricity. UTL has worked in over 60 countries worldwide serving to enhance educational opportunities, increase access to health care, reduce indoor air pollution and address natural disasters. By giving a student a light, we have seen 30 percent increases in graduation rates.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. on the Channel Cat at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Tickets are $125 per person. To RSVP, please contact Megan Birney at or go to to buy tickets.

For more information about UTL, please visit, on Twitter and Instagram @UnitetoLight and on

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