Sustainable Table Raises Funds and Awareness
The Sustainable Table fundraiser for Explore Ecology was nothing short of magical. Over 130 community members came together at the Cabrillo Pavilion on October 26th to support the our impactful work.
The evening’s festivities started with a sunset cocktail hour on the veranda where attendees savored farmers’ market-inspired cocktails and enjoyed music by acoustic artist Sam Adams. Artist Kevin Gleason was also there, creating a painting inspired by the ocean view, which was later auctioned off to raise money for the cause.
The Cabrillo Pavilion looked reached new heights of elegance for the event, thanks to the creative vision of Floral Designer and Explore Ecology Board Member James Cunningham and the generous contribution of flowers and props by Hogue & Co.
James Cunningham, renowned for his exquisite floral creations, lent his artistic touch, transforming the venue into a botanical wonderland. His gorgeous flower arrangements and thoughtfully curated table lighting elevated the ambiance, creating an enchanting atmosphere that resonated with the spirit of Explore Ecology’s mission.
Guests enjoyed a delectable farm-to-table dinner where they gained insights into the farmers, chefs, and fishermen and women responsible for the meal’s culinary delights. Guest speakers Clara Cadwell of Tutti Frutti Farms, Glenn Fout of Lorraine Lim Catering, and Kim Selkoe of Get Hooked Seafood, all passionately shared their experiences and commitment to sustainable practices. The dinner served as a powerful testament to the importance of supporting local agriculture and fostering an eco friendly food ecosystem.
Emcee Geoff Green brought charisma and energy to the stage, setting the perfect tone for the evening.
The live auction was conducted by Andrew Firestone whose ability to connect with the audience and convey the importance of their contributions greatly contributed to the success of the fundraiser.
One of the most touching moments came from teacher Katie Lopez, who shared stories about the garden at her school, highlighting the impact that school gardens have on children’s lives. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd when she talked about a child whose love for Kale earned him the nickname of the “Kale King.”
Sustainable Table not only raised money, it raised awareness about our vital programs- Environmental and Watershed Education, Waste Reduction, School Gardens, Art From Scrap, and the EE Makerspace.
We thank our sponsors, in kind donors, and everyone who attended the event for making Sustainable Table a night to remember.
Thank you, Sustainable Table Sponsors: Gleason Family Farms, David Edelman Philanthropic Consulting, Village Fleurie, The Record Lompoc, Marborg Industries, Brighten Solar, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, SBCC Foundation, American Riviera Bank, Montecito Bank and Trust, Tisha Weber Ford, Susan Tompkins, Bryan Kerner, Nancy & Michael Martz, Rachael Reed, Beth Vos, Richard Banks, Cherry Sadler, Ron & Melissa Brooks, Michael Hamman, Joanne Hollister, and Danielle Glynn.
Thank you, In-Kind Donors: James Cunningham, Cutlers Artisan Spirits, Hogue & Co., American Riviera Bank, Tutti Fruitti Farms, Get Hooked Seafood, Luxe Transportation, El Zapato, Pacific Pickle Works, Chaucers Books, Joey Cunningham, Acme Hospitality, Lorraine Lim Catering, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Au Bon Climat, Kevin Gleason, Oat Bakery, Ventura Rental, Oniracom, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, Margerum Wine Co., Third Window Brewing Co., and Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards.
Check out the magical moments captured by Sarita Relis in the Gallery below.