Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) provides medical care and rehabilitates marine mammals with the goal of releasing the rehabilitated, healthy animals back to their natural, wild environment. Licensed and experienced veterinarians are responsible for the examination, evaluation and treatment of each patient throughout the rehabilitation process. CIMWI is hosting a fundraiser to support marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, education and research.

Guests will party the night away with live music by The Rincons (a surf and western band); enjoy wines from Salerno Winery, Metate Hill Vineyards, Windrun, Santa Barbara Winery and Kendall-Jackson as well as beer from the Brewhouse, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company and Karl Strauss; feast on appetizers from BBQ Master Robert Bonilla, Full of Life Flatbread Pizza, duo catering & events, Sojourner Cafe and Vino Metate; sample decadent desserts from Trufflehound’s Fine Chocolates, Rincon Catering and CIMWI Confectionaires Carol Hunsperger and Shelle Williams.

The fundraiser includes a raffle and silent auction, featuring donations from a host of local businesses including: Patagonia, West Marine, Deckers, Jedlicka’s, Latitudes Fine Art Gallery, Plum Goods, Bacara Resort and Spa, Boathouse, Alcazar, Milk & Honey, Eureka!, Di Santo Jewelry, Save Our Seas Jewelry, George Thompson Diamond Company,, Santa Barbara Zoo, Island Packers, Tri County Office Furniture, and many more.

The event will be held Saturday, October 5 at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara (129 Castillo St.) from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. All proceeds support marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, education and research.

Tickets are $50/person in advance, or $60 at the door. Admission includes two drink tickets (wine or beer), appetizers, desserts, and one raffle ticket. Additional drink and raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event.

Reserve your tickets today – space is limited! Book online at or call (805) 364-0411. Each event ticket is a tax-deductible donation to CIMWI (tickets are non-refundable).

About CIMWI:

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI, pronounced “sim-wee”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference through marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, research and education to promote ocean and human health. CIMWI is a part of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program under the direction of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

CIMWI’s facility is located at the historic Vista Del Mar Union School campus along the Gaviota coast in Santa Barbara County. CIMWI is the only authorized organization to respond to and rehabilitate pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) for Ventura County. CIMWI is an all-volunteer organization outside of one staff position. The organization’s daily operations and achievements are the results of the work done by this dedicated team of people.


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