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It was yet another amazing success for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission 15th Blues on the Bayou, held on the grounds of Dos Pueblos Ranch, owned by Henry & Dundie Schulte in Goleta, California. Guests were greeted by event hosts and live music by Ron McCarley as they entered the beautiful grounds of the historic estate.
Silent Auction Action

Silent Auction Action

The renowned SBRM auction offered trips, dinner certificates, wine, jewelry, art, tickets to special events, a milieu of divine gift baskets and much more. Guests enjoyed wine and beverages as they perused the large collection of auction items, and chatted with friends. SBRM President Rolf Geyling was warmly welcoming guests and making introductions. “This is an organization I wish to support, and I am very impressed with the work they are doing,” said Jerry Jordano, co-owner of Central Coast Home Health.
Rolf Geyling and Gerd Jordano welcome guest Jerry Jordano

Rolf Geyling and Gerd Jordano welcome guest Jerry Jordano

Silvio Di Loreto, Santa Barbara real estate mogul, was honored wit the Leni Fe Bland Award for the important role he played in the history of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, and for his help securing the real estate where the facility now resides on Yanonali Street. Introduction Honoree Gerd Jordano shared her own stories on first meeting Silvio in the real estate business in Montecito, and presented Silvio Di Loreto with the 2016 Leni Fe Bland Award.
 Silvio Di Loreto, Leni Fe Bland Award Recipient

Silvio Di Loreto, Leni Fe Bland Award Recipient

Dianne Davis, Decorations Chair, again presented a picture perfect luncheon & awards garden setting, where a beautiful parade of blue umbrellas by the auxiliary members was a highlight. The blue theme was everywhere and so tastefully done. Each year Dianne and her team design a colorful theme for the dinner that is awesome, and transform the front lawn of the 1920s mansion to a dream venue.
Event Beverages

Event Beverages

The funds raised from this event make it possible for the Mission to offer a successful 12-month residential recovery program, as well as provide for homeless guests. Last year the Bayou event raised over $400,000 to assist people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Mission has helped over 679 people achieve recovery in the last 19 years. Rolf Geyling, the Rescue Mission President, said “While only 21% of those completing treatment programs nationally maintain their sobriety beyond five years, we are proud that 51% of our graduates remain in recovery over this same time period.” Special thanks to program graduate and keynote speaker Ian Bond for his inspiring share on the wonders of the SBRM program.
Speaker Ian Bond with SBRM Staff L.B. Chandler, Rebecca Weber and Jill Dixon

Speaker Ian Bond with SBRM Staff L.B. Chandler, Rebecca Weber and Jill Dixon

Caterer Lorraine Lim served a family style Louisiana inspired chicken dinner with vegetables and Cajun rice, green salad, cornbread and pecan pie that was simply outstanding. A variety of beverages were served to enjoy with lunch including Vogelzand wine, assorted waters, soda, Stella Artois and Bud Light beer. The tables and flower designs, all in shades of blue, were picture perfect thanks to the 65 member SBRM Woman’s Auxiliary who planned and presented the 15th Annual Blues on the Bayou. I was thrilled to take home a gift certificate for movie tickets donated by the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
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About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission:
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Established in 1965, this 501(c)(3) organizations brings physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to individuals and families in need. It is the only organization between Oxnard and Santa Maria that provides hot meals and overnight accommodations to homeless guests 365 days of the year. The Rescue Mission offers men’s and women’s 12-month residential recovery, outpatient treatment family support, relapse prevention, men’s sober living, academic instruction and job skills training. Its residential drug and alcohol program has won regional and national recognition for its extraordinary effectiveness. The Mission received no government funding. For additional information or to make a donation please visit: www.sbrm.org.
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By Bonnie Carroll

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Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News (www.lifebitesnews.com), does travel and food reporting on local Radio/TV, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. She is a member of IFWTWA and NATJA. Contact her at writebc@aol.com.