Canary Hotel Hosts Party to Support United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund

Kimpton Canary and Finch & Fork Restaurant will host a rooftop cocktail party on Saturday, January 20, Community Cocktail for a Cause, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County’s Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.
The local United Way offices established the fund in December 2017 and recently extended it to benefit flood victims. One-hundred percent of the donations will support those in communities affected by the wildfires and flooding. The Community Cocktail for a Cause event will feature DJ Darla Bea and will be held on the Canary rooftop, from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, January 20. In addition to small bites from Finch & Fork Restaurant, the evening will include a community cocktail competition, featuring popular local bartenders/mixologists from The Good Lion and Test Pilot, music, a raffle, and a champagne toast to acknowledge and celebrate the first responders.
“Tragedies have hit our community one after another over the last month, but it has also been touching to see how community members and businesses are rallying together to support one another,” said Steve Ortiz, United Way of Santa Barbara County President & CEO. “We’re thankful for this support from the Kimpton Canary and Finch & Fork Restaurant, and we hope residents will be able to use this gathering as a brief escape from the recent destruction.”
Kimpton Canary Hotel General Manager Ryan Parker said, “After witnessing so much devastation in December and sadly now, too, we felt it was time to bring some of the community together to give back and say thanks for all you’ve done. We aim to raise some money from ticket sales for donations and have that welcome-to-the-New Year we haven’t gotten to really celebrate yet. The event is really going to be about the community, about giving back, and about being together.”
To date, more than $3 million has been raised for the Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.
Following the beginning of the Thomas Fire, local community partners determined that the United Way organizations, in both counties, are uniquely positioned and qualified to manage the disaster fund, accept contributions, make distributions, promote the fund and provide a report to the community on how the funds were used.
Community Cocktail for a Cause
Time Date: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, January 20,2018
Location: 31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United Way of Ventura County
In the aftermath of a disaster, United Way’s Ventura County Volunteer Center will serve as an online, call, and walk-in center for spontaneous volunteers. The Volunteer Center will register volunteers and coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to place them where they can do the most good for the community. 2-1-1 Ventura County will also be available 24/7 to register volunteers, answer questions, and connect those in need with the resources to help them.
United Way of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

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