Friendship Center to Hold 20th Annual Festival of Hearts–The Emerald City!

(MONTECITO, CA) Friendship Center is hosting its 20th Annual Festival of Hearts on Saturday, February 9th from 11:30am–2:30pm at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. This festive pre-Valentine’s Day event features an elegant sit-down lunch and local wines, with live music by Montecito Jazz Project.

“Emerald is the traditional gem for a twentieth anniversary,” said Heidi Holly, Friendship Center’s Executive Director. “So our theme this year is The Emerald City!  There will be some fun surprises, and we anticipate our guests will have a good time dressing up as Oz characters… or you could just wear something green! And it is always incredible to see the hearts our amazing artists create.”

Since the first Festival of Hearts, the centerpiece of the event has been the exquisite Heart-art created by local artists and celebrities, including Jeff Bridges and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and sold at silent auction. Provided with a blank papier-mâché heart, these brilliant “Heart-ists” paint, sculpt, and decorate in any way imaginable to create these unique works of art.

Live auction highlights this year include a trip to Seattle, nicknamed “The Emerald City,” and verdant Vancouver, a Jade Oasis getaway with a dinner of fresh local lobster and white seabass in an extraordinary private home, and a stay at the newly rebuilt Rosewood Miramar Beach—your friends will be green with envy!

A portion of proceeds from this event support Friendship Center’s HEART (Help Elders At Risk Today) Program, subsidizing the cost of adult day services for low-income aging and dependent adults and their families.

For tickets, $135 each, visit or call 805-969-0859 to purchase by phone with a credit card. To purchase tickets by check, mail to Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane, Santa Barbara, CA  93108. 

Major sponsors include:

˜ Casa Dorinda, HUB International Insurance Services, Inc., MarBorg Industries, Union Bank 

˜ Cal-Western & Pacific Tree, Nancy Newquist-Nolan

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