Neil DiPaola, CEC Partnership Council, Community Environmental Council and Helene Schneider, Mayor, City of Santa Barbara. Photo by Erin Feinblatt.
For more than 40 years, the Community Environmental Council has been a local pioneer for a national movement – giving shape to the dream of a healthy, sane, safe future for the world. Last weekend the CEC celebrated its achievements at the “eco-chic” party of the year: its Green Gala event at the historic Santa Barbara Armory.
Merryl Brown Events coordinated the Green Gala for the third year in a row, transforming the armory into an exotic gypsy village, complete with fortune tellers and tarot card readers to foretell the future for CEC supporters and ignite a collective vision for the community. After dinner (and the shortest live auction ever), the talented Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles rocked the house under a fiery gypsy sky.
Here are some fun party photos taken by Erin Feinblatt, who just happens to be a frequent contributor to Santa Barbara Seasons, and one of our favorite people to boot!
Suzette Curtis, CEC Partnership Council and Green Gala Committee member and Jordan benShea, CEC Partnership Council Co-chair, Community Environmental Council and Green Gala Committee member. Photo by Erin Feinblatt.
Eric Lohela, CEC Partnership Council Co-chair, Community Environmental Council; Bruce Heavin; Lynda Weinman and Jeff Carmody, Board Member, Community Environmental Council. Photo by Erin Feinblatt.
Monica Kollins; Laura McGlothlin; Neil DiPaola, CEC Partnership Council, and Russ McGlothlin, CEC Board Member. Photo by Erin Feinblatt.
Gwyn Lurie, Green Gala Honorary Committee and MUS School Board Member and Les Firestein (her husband). Photo by Erin Feinblatt.
Steve Brown, Edible Santa Barbara; Kerry Allen, Board Member, Community Environmental Council; Clark Staub, owner, Full of Life Flatbread and Krista Harris, Edible Santa Barbara and CEC Partnership Council. Photo by Erin Feinblatt.
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