Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to Host Jane Austen-Inspired Gala, An Evening in Bloom

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will host An Evening in Bloom: Bloomington, on Saturday, September 24 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Girls Inc. campus, 5315 Foothill Road in Carpinteria.

This year’s Jane Austen era affair will honor the “diamond of the season,” Carpinteria resident Kevin Baird, for his dedication to local girls through his many years of support of the organization. Baird was first introduced to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria by Ralph and Betty Brown more than 30 years ago, and soon after was asked to serve on the Board of Directors. Over the years he has attended and supported countless events for Girls Inc. in addition to spreading awareness of the nonprofit’s mission to other community members. Baird recently re-joined the Board and just completed another six-year term.

“Kevin’s dedication to our organization and local girls over the years is something we are truly grateful for. We are thrilled to honor him at this year’s gala,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria. “This year’s Jane Austen era event also pays homage to one of the most famous and beloved writers in English literature, who inspired countless women and truly embodied the words ‘strong, smart, and bold.’ We look forward to celebrating with the community at Bloomington while raising critical funds to support our mission.”

A Carpinteria resident for 32 years, Baird has been actively involved with many other local and regional organizations including the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Mentor Match, Carpinteria Education Foundation, Klein Bottle Youth Programs, Rotary International, Boy Scouts of America, Carpinteria Little League and the Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria. Over the past 15 years, he also adopted a two-mile stretch of Highway 101 from Rincon Point to La Conchita to help keep the oceans and rivers clean, another passion of his since he and his sons spend a lot of time kayaking and scuba diving.

As president and founder of Baird Wealth Strategy Group, he helps clients plan for a financially successful retirement and brings more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry to Girls Inc.

An Evening in Bloom will feature a gourmet dinner catered by The Food Liaison, hosted bar, and silent and live auctions. Jane Austen era dress is strongly encouraged.

All proceeds support Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s programs and services for local girls, with a BOLD goal to raise $200,000 through the event this year. For more information, or to make a donation, please call (805) 684-6364 or visit

Bloomington 2022 title sponsors include: S & S Seed, CARP Growers, and Chevron.


Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our programming focuses on the development of the whole girl: we deliver life-changing programs and experiences designed to equip girls to overcome serious barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming prepares girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives and become role models in their community. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 1100 youth in the Carpinteria Valley, from Pre-K through 12th grade. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, please visit

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