FSA Cancels Flagship ‘Cooking Up Dreams’ Fundraiser

Potential Attendees Asked to Raise a Virtual Paddle

In compliance with public health restrictions on events due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Family Service Agency (FSA) has canceled the 6th Annual Cooking Up Dreams fundraiser scheduled for April 17, 2020. Proceeds from the organization’s flagship fundraiser were slated to benefit services provided by FSA, Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center, and Guadalupe’s Little House By The Park.

“We’re extremely pleased that our sponsors have agreed to designate their sponsorship as a donation to support mental health and basic needs programs for at-risk children, families, and seniors throughout Santa Barbara County,” said Lisa Brabo, FSA Executive Director. “Given the impact coronavirus is having on our communities, we fully expect the needs of seniors and families to increase in the coming weeks.”

FSA is prepared to continue providing vital services in the safest manner possible and in accordance with public health guidelines. Therefore, the agency is asking potential attendees to raise a virtual paddle in lieu of the event. Donations can be made online at CookingUpDreams.org.

Event committee members are exploring the logistics of a virtual live auction for some of the wonderful packages that have already been donated to the Cooking Up Dreams event. We will provide additional information about this soon.

Sponsors include Hutton Parker Foundation; Tania and John Burke; Marni and Michael Cooney; Jill and John Bishop; Zora and Les Charles; Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center; Carole MacElhenny; Tisha Ford; Sandy and Dave Nordahl; Maryan Schall; Jane and Fred Sweeney; Union Bank; The Habit Burger Grill; Ginny and Tim Bliss; Lisa Brabo; Montecito Bank & Trust; Mary and Jim Morouse; Janet Nancarrow; Mary’s Free Range Chickens; Tricia and Craig Price; Price, Postel & Parma LLP; SBCC Foundation; Stephanie Wilson and Dr. Ron Ungerer; Liz and Andrew Butcher; Cathy and Bruce Milner; and Sybil Rosen.


Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County (FSA) is a nonprofit social service agency that has served the people of Santa Barbara County since 1899. Operating as Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center (SMVYFC) in Santa Maria and Little House By The Park (LHP) in Guadalupe, FSA helps the community’s most vulnerable children, families, and seniors meet their basic needs while simultaneously addressing mental health needs.

Through this holistic approach, FSA improves the strength and well-being of our county. All services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay. Visit fsacares.org or call (805) 965-1001 for more information.

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