May 25: “Reaching for Stars” Evening of Fine Dining and Wines to Benefit Youth and Family Services YMCA

Funds raised provide local youth places to be safe and opportunities to thrive

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Santa Barbara, Calif., May 13, 2016– Join the Youth and Family Services YMCA for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary cuisine in a lovely setting, benefiting vital programs for local youth.

Enjoy tantalizing dishes prepared by Santa Barbara’s top chefs, paired with fine wines of the region. From passed hors d’oeuvres through the amazing five-course dinner, participating chefs will work in teams to create culinary masterpieces to share with event guests throughout the evening.

This popular annual event is an important fundraiser to benefit the children and young people in our community who are served by Youth and Family Services YMCA acclaimed programs: My Home, Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, Support and Outreach Services and the St. George Family Youth Center.

Individual tickets are $200. Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $10,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lynn Karlson at (805) 569-1103 x32 or, or visit

Participating chefs: 

Michael Blackwell (Chef Blackwell)

Jean Michel Carré, (Chocolats du CaliBressan)

Alessandro Cartumini (Four Seasons Biltmore)

Pete Clements (Cook Better Live Better)

Christine Dahl (Christine Dahl Pastries)

Michael Hutchings (Michael’s Catering)

Becca Iglesias and Team (C’est Cheese)

Greg Murphy (bouchon)

Stepanie Rapp (SBCC School of Culinary Arts)

David Rosner (Wine Cask)

James and Annie Sly (Sly’s)

Mossin Sugich (Santa Barbara Yacht Club)

Vincent Vanhecke (Valley Club)

Jamie West (Chef West Production)

Eric Widmer (La Cumbre Country Club)

Participating wineries and brewers:

Barefoot Wine

Brander Vineyard

Ca’Del Grevino

Fess Parker Winery

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Grassini Family Vineyards

Lucky Dogg

Oreana Winery

Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Sagebrush Annie’s

Touring and Tasting

Westerly Wines

Zaca Mesa Winery

Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. Event sponsors include: Star Sponsors: Marilyn and Steven Gutsche; Table Sponsors: Ann Jackson Family Foundation,The Whimsie Fund, Wendy and Harry Atterbury, The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians; Patron Sponsors: BB&H Benefit Design, Hutton Parker Foundation, Montecito Bank and Trust, Doyle-Morgan Structural Engineering (Phileen and Morgan Jones), The Storage Place, Venoco Inc.; Individual Sponsors: Bryant and Sons, Ltd., Jordano’s Inc., Anna and David Grotenhuis, Marsha and Al Roberson, Lynn and Roger Karlson, UCSB Office of Student Life, Ventura Rentals, Carolyn and Bob Williams.

 About Youth and Family Services YMCA

Youth and Family Services YMCA serves over 600 children and young people each year through Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Family Teen Center, My Home, and Support and Outreach Services. Children and young people in high-risk environments that participate in Youth and Family Services YMCA programs experience increased safety, health and wellbeing and they increase their capacity for self-sufficiency by building skills for independence and developing lasting relationships with adults who are committed to their success. For more information about the Youth and Family Services YMCA, visit or call (805) 569-1103.

Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA.


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