Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Hosts Polynesian-Themed Gala, “An Evening in Bloom”

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will host “An Evening in Bloom” on Saturday, September 21 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm at the Girls Inc. campus, 5315 Foothill Road in Carpinteria.

This year’s Polynesian-themed gala will honor the late Ann Garcelon for investing in the future of local girls through Girls Inc.’s Legacy Society.

A successful journalist, Garcelon was invited to a Girls Inc. luncheon several years ago and was moved by the young women and girls who spoke passionately about their experience with the organization. While her health made it difficult for her to volunteer or become more involved with the nonprofit, she found another way to make a difference and leave a lasting impact.

Garcelon passed away on June 5, 2018 and left a generous bequest from her estate to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.

“We are grateful to Ann for her dedication to supporting local girls in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura County, ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to reach their greatest potential,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria. “While last year’s gala celebrated 25 years of providing lifechanging programming at our Foothill campus, this year we invite the community to join us as we look ahead to the future, and raise funds to benefit strong, smart and bold girls of tomorrow.”

An Evening in Bloom will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour, plated dinner catered by Food Liaison, hosted bar, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing.

This year’s event co-chairs are Stefanie Herrington and Ed Van Wingerden.

Tickets are $125 and all proceeds support Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s programs and services for local girls. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please call (805) 684-6364 or visit

An Evening in Bloom 2019 title sponsors include: Mike Palmer, CARP Growers, Ever-Bloom and Kaisa & Barry Brand.


Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With local roots dating to 1864 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. has responded to the changing needs of girls through research-based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights. We provide programs for girls 6 to 18 years old that focus on science, math, and technology; health and sexuality; economic and financial literacy; sports skills; leadership and advocacy; and media literacy. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, please visit
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