Legendary Music Icon Johnny Mathis Supports Local Seniors Through Special Event Sponsorship

Rona Barrett Foundation announces sponsorship opportunities and first four sponsors for annual fundraising event benefiting the Golden Inn & Village

Santa Ynez, Calif., July 28, 2016— The Rona Barrett Foundation is honored to announce legendary singer Johnny Mathis as the Sentimental Journey sponsor for the Big Band Celebration Ball in Santa Ynez on Saturday, October 8th to benefit the Golden Inn & Village and its program services.

The first four major sponsorship packages have been reserved by: legendary Johnny Mathis (Sentimental Journey sponsor), Dignity Health (In the Mood sponsor), El Rancho Marketplace (Begin the Beguine sponsor) and Vincent Vineyards (Begin the Beguine sponsor).

“I consider Johnny Mathis the prince of romantic singing of all time and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his ‘60th Anniversary 2016 Concert Tour’ to delight audiences of all ages,” said Rona Barrett, Founder & CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation. “We are so grateful for his generous support and the commitment of each of our first wave of event sponsors who are now helping to build a future for seniors in need.”

Mathis, with roots in the Santa Ynez Valley, is also supporting the Rona Barrett Foundation through the nonprofit’s Golden Stars campaign to be commemorated with a permanent plaque on the door at one of the 60 Golden Inn & Village apartments.

The Big Band Celebration Ball is the 4th annual fundraising event for the Golden Inn & Village, opening this fall as the first affordable senior housing campus in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, and a model solution to community-based housing for low-income seniors. The gala event will support the Golden Inn & Village by funding its program services.

Event guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a wine/cocktail reception with live music from The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke and a dinner catered by New West Catering. Other festivities include a “Bucket List – Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience” live auction, ballroom dancing, fabulous ‘40s theme and Rona Barrett’s birthday celebration on the date she was actually born, as she enters the “Age of Octogenarius.”

Throughout the evening, guests will also be treated to The Ole Skool Crew, a professional all-female dance revue performing choreographed swing, jive dance solos and performances in collaboration with The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke. Performers are members of the LA Sparks’ professional cheerleading ensemble with all members older than 50 years.

Event sponsorship packages will ensure that the Golden Inn & Village is a premiere residency campus for seniors who are at-risk and/or in-need. Sponsorship tiers include: Tuxedo Junction at $20,000, Sentimental Journey at $15,000, In the Mood at $10,000 and Begin the Beguine at $5,000.

To secure a sponsorship or for more information, please contact Darlene Ramirez at (805) 688-8887 or email info@ronabarrettfoundation.org.

The Rona Barrett Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a solution to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of the Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place. To become a Golden Star or learn more about the Golden Inn & Village, please visit www.ronabarrettfoundation.org.


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