Rona Barrett Foundation Annual Fundraiser is Back with Love, Italian Style at The Sunstone Villa

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Love, Italian Style: A Celebration of Italian Film, Food & Fashion, a themed event on October 9 will benefit low-income seniors through the work of The Rona Barrett Foundation


The Rona Barrett Foundation’s annual benefit event is set for a stunning new location after a three-year hiatus. Guests are invited to celebrate in style while supporting vulnerable seniors, at Love, Italian Style, hosted at the Sunstone Winery Villa in Santa Ynez from 4 p.m. to 7:30 pm on Sunday, October 9.

“We’re discovering our community is more eager than ever to join together around the important things in life, and ready to get out from behind our screens to do so in style,” said Tony Morris, Executive Director. “We’re grateful to our sponsors, volunteers and auction donors for setting the stage for Love Italian Style to be a great success.”


Proceeds from the event support the ongoing work of the nonprofit Rona Barrett Foundation to provide affordable housing and wellness services for low-income seniors residing at The Golden Inn & Village located in Santa Ynez, as well as assist with the development of Phase Two of the Golden Inn campus, “Harry’s House,” an affordable senior housing complex with age-in-place care services.


“We have so much to celebrate this year, toward our mission to lift up an often-forgotten population, most of whom have worked a lifetime to make our country and community a wonderful place to live,” said Rona Barrett, Founder and President. “With your help, we can continue to make sure seniors can live their golden years without a struggle for safe housing, meals and wellness.”


This year the Foundation achieved two major milestones: the fifth anniversary of its award-winning Golden Inn & Village, and the February groundbreaking for Harry’s House, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.


  • Event guests will enjoy a dinner catered by Chef Leonardo Curti and Leonardo’s Ristorante, and fine wines from Sunstone.
  • The live auction will feature: deluxe Palm Springs 5-night desert getaway; 3-night Pebble Beach golf package at the Links of Spanish Bay, Monterey; Santa Fe getaway trip; “famous Firehouse Dinner” for eight prepared by the Montecito Fire Fighters and served at the Montecito Fire Station; an Italian-designed Vespa Scooter; and more.


Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 and can be purchased online at ronabarrettfoundation.org.

Guests are encouraged to dress for fun! Wear your favorite Gucci, Pucci, Armani, Valentino or Versace outfit. Or show off your cool Italian shades and shoes. Think Marcello Mastroianni or Sophia Loren. Or play the part. La Dolce Vita!


Love, Italian Style Gala sponsors include (at press time): The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation (La Dolce Vita Sponsor); Ducati of Santa Barbara, Sunseri Construction, Sunstone Winery (House of Gucci Sponsor); Pacific Western Bank, Union Bank, (Under the Tuscan Sun Sponsors); Bacheller Charitable Trust (Ferrari Sponsor).


 The Rona Barrett Foundation
The Rona Barrett Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and supportive services for seniors-in-need. We do this by developing, expanding, and continuing operation of care homes such as the Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez, California. Residents benefit from a wide range of essential care services. With dignity, respect and love, the Rona Barrett Foundation presents residents with a broad variety of programs that meets their needs and enhances their lives. To learn more, please visit www.ronabarrettfoundation.org.

(Invitation Design: John Coulter)

1 Comment Rona Barrett Foundation Annual Fundraiser is Back with Love, Italian Style at The Sunstone Villa

  • November 5th, the comittee for Social Justice will be hosting our 2nd Annual Ken Williams BBQ. Great time to sit and break bread with each other. It will be held Saturday at Mesa Park picnic area.

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