Actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka, Iron Chef Cat Cora and her wife Jennifer Cora, 20th Century Fox Television’s Chairman Gary Newman and his wife LA talent attorney Jeanne Newman, actress Jane Lynch and her wife Dr. Lara Embry, writer/producer/singer Shaun Cassidy and his wife Tracey, as well as Committee members Rob Lowe, Joanna Kerns, and writers/producers Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane.

The fabulous Royal Ball will be filled with glamour, opulence, magnificent music and alluring guests, all in support of Santa Barbara’s vitally important PPF. Royal butlers will serve cocktails and delectable canapés on silver trays, while the Royal Court entertains. A lineup of dancers, extreme stilt performers and phenomenal torque acrobats, along with acclaimed LA DJ Mike Bryant will keep the crowd dancing until 1:00am.

“People are still talking about last year’s larger-than-life event which brought guests on an epic adventure of unexpected beauty and delightful decadence on a scale that has never before been seen in Santa Barbara. This year’s event will even be more extraordinary,” said nationally renowned event planner Merryl Brown, “If the chatter on Facebook and in the community is any indication, we will probably sell out sooner than we did last year,” said Brown.

The Ball will bring together a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight supporters to share a memorable evening while helping to financially support PPF. For 36 years, PPF has been the only organization on the central coast providing the community with HIV and AIDS services and education, LGBT counseling and recovery services, programs for questioning youth, sensitivity training for law enforcement, a food pantry, and advocacy work related to violence against LGBT community, suicide prevention among gay youth, and the continued struggle for full legal equality.

Royal Ball Sponsorships are in full swing with one Emperor and Empress Box already sold at $50,000, 2 King and Queen Royal Boxes sold at $25,000 each, 4 Prince and Princess Royal Boxes sold at $10,000, 6 Duke and Duchess tables sold at $5,000 each and scores of VIP supporters as well. Ticket sales are pouring in and the event will sell out so supporters are encouraged to buy tickets early. There are a limited number of Royal Boxes and tables left so please call 963-3636 for information.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of our community. These sponsorships will ensure that funds raised will go to our critical services in Santa Barbara County,” said David Selberg, Executive Director, PPF.

The Royal Ball will also feature a spectacular live and silent auction featuring items such as: Bacara Resort & Spa Commitment Ceremony package with event planning by Merryl Brown Events (value: $45,000), an original painting by renowned LA artist Baret Boisson that pays tribute to the events that took place at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969 (value: $7,500), and a beautifully restored, classic 1954 ‘Cherry Red’ Ford V8 Pickup Truck (value: $20,000+).

Tickets for the Royal Ball are available at or by calling (805) 963-3636.


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