“With all that has happened to Santa Barbara in the past few months, we are beyond happy to be able to host our Gala event this year at the Maritime Museum. It is our signature fundraising effort for the League and S.A.F.E. House, as well as our way to celebrate our community,” says Junior League President, Danielle Hazarian.
The Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of fellow women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Chartered in 1924, JLSB has a local history, rich with projects—like that of the Sexual Assault Response Team Cottage, located at Cottage Hospital—that have changed the lives of many of our community members. Currently, the Junior League is facilitating the opening of a S.A.F.E. House (Saving At-risk youth From Exploitation), a 6-bed, residential shelter in Santa Barbara County for girls who have been victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. All $85,000 worth of funds raised from this year’s Gala are going directly to this project, launched a year prior at their Gala in 2017.
Along with enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the event also honored the League’s Woman of the Year: Santa Barbara District Attorney, Joyce Dudley.
“Ms. Dudley is a pillar in Santa Barbara, and has worked tirelessly in alignment with the goals of our focus area: improving the lives of at-risk young women by educating and empowering them to reach their full potential, while working to prevent exploitation and injustice in our community,” says Hazarian.
The Junior League thanks the generous sponsors and donors of its 10th Annual Gala, as they know, without them, an event like this would not be possible.
For more information about the Junior League of Santa Barbara, contact 805/963-2704, or visit JLSantaBarbara.org.