A Dedication Ceremony for the Berti Family Building Celebrates a Permanent Home for the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center
On Friday, November 6, a dedication ceremony was held for the Berti Family Building, to celebrate a generous gift from Richard and Marguerite Berti that paid off the mortgage on the building at 1111 Garden Street, providing a permanent home for the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center.
Bob and Patty Bryant, Marguerite and Richard Berti, and CADA's CEO, Ed Stonefelt at the dedication ceremony.
The celebration was attended by local dignitaries as well as the many individuals who have gone on international fundraising climbs over the past fifteen years to raise money for the building and the programs of the Center. The journey began when Bob and Patty Bryant hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2000 to begin fundraising for the Center, which led to a series of local and international "Summit for Danny" climbs since.
The treatment center began as a dedication to the Bryants' son, Daniel, who died in 1995 of a drug overdose at the age of 36. The Bertis have been long-time family friends of the Bryants and knew their son Danny. Their gift was an affirmation of their belief that helping young people "break the cycle" of their unhealthy habits with drugs and alcohol is vital to bettering the future of the community.
The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is very grateful to the Berti Family for their generous gift. With the mortgage on the building paid off, all of the funds raised for the Center can now go directly into services to young people and their families, which include our Teen Court diversion programs, substance abuse treatment programs, and Parent Program.
>Read the Santa Barbara News-Press article on the dedication ceremony
2015 Summit for Danny Climb Reaches New Heights!
Thank you to everyone who supported and came out to hike this year’s Summit for Danny, dedicated to the memory of beloved KEYT News Anchor Debby Davison. Our 2015 Summit for Danny Community Climb, on Saturday, October 24, was one of the most successful ever! Nearly 350 hikers climbed their choice of three trails through the beautiful Elings Park. Together, we raised over $121,000 and counting! It was an exquisite day of hiking, followed by an awards ceremony. Hikers enjoyed a delicious barbecue prepared by the Kiwanis Club as they listened to live music performed by the Honeysuckle Possums, led by CADA CFO Lisa Macker.
Congratulations to Montecito Bank & Trust with the largest team—66 people. Also, congratulations to Marcel Meier for winning this year’s John Herzog, Champion of Recovery Award. Marcel was credited with working for over 20 years for CADA in the recovery community. He is CADA’s Early Identification Specialist and runs our Drug Court Program!
Funds raised at the Summit for Danny go directly to the Daniel Bryant Youth & Family Center, supporting local teens struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. >Read More
For additional photos, please check out the Summit for Danny Community Climb Facebook Page.
Climbers, there is still time to enter the Summit for Danny Photo Contest. To be eligible you must tage the Summit for Danny Community Blimb Facebook page in the ost and guest post to: www.facebook.com/summitfordanny. The photo with the most "likes" wins a SONY DSC-H300 Professional Camera Package. Winners announced on November 6th! Feel free to tag yourself in the photo to get even more exposure.
Thanks to our Title Event Sponsors: Montecito Bank & Trust and the Towbes Group!
Early morning hikers gather before their climb at the 2105 Summit for Danny in honor of Debby Davison.
The Honeysuckle Possums, led by CADA CFO Lisa Macker, entertain hikers at the awards celebration.
A special thanks to The Kiwanis Club for preparing a delicious barbecue for the hikers.
Congratulations to Kids Fight Drugs
Poster Contest Winners
Each year we ask South Santa Barbara County (K-8) students to design and submit posters that express their commitment to living a drug free lifestyle. The poster contest serves as a prelude to Red Ribbon Week and provides a year round anti-drug message delivered through the Kids Fight Drugs Calendar. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.”
A standing-room only crowd including kids and proud parents filled the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara City Courthouse on Sunday, October 18, for the awards reception. The crowd enjoyed an amazing performance by Teen Star, Mary-Grace Langhorn and a speech by Mayor Helene Schneider.
Winners from each grade level and the first, second, and third place overall winners will have their artwork featured in the annual calendar distributed to local schools in December. The calendars are funded by drug seizure monies provided by the City of Santa Barbara Police Department, the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Congratulations to First Grader Diego Pacheco from Isla Vista, who won first place.
>Read More About Red Ribbon Week
18th Annual Mission for Mentors Telethon
Recruits 80 Mentors!
Each year the Fighting Back Mentor Program and KEYT Channel 3 team up to produce the “Mission for Mentors” Telethon. This prime-time media event recruits mentors for the many children in Santa Barbara who are waiting to be matched with a positive adult role model. Filmed live at Center Court in the Paseo Nuevo Mall, the Telethon provides the perfect opportunity for the community to come together in support of Santa Barbara’s youth.
We thank our community leaders and volunteers who turned out to man the phones on a windy evening, the first Thursday in October. This year's event resulted in 80 new mentors for the program, representing a total of 4,160 hours of mentoring.
The Fighting Back Mentor Program matches at-risk area youth with adult mentors who provide academic, social, and emotional support. Anne Smith Towbes founded the Telethon and calls the Mentor Program “one of the most vital in Santa Barbara County, changing our community one child at a time."
Thank you to our event sponsors: BMW of Santa Barbara,
Venoco, KEYT, Paseo Nuevo, Eyman-Parker Insurance Brokers,
and Dodson Land Surveying, Inc.!
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Dine Out for CADA Kids a Success!
Our heartfelt thanks to the 31 restaurants who participated in our Dine Out for CADA Kids event on Tuesday, June 30th, and to all of you who dined out that evening. In Santa Barbara's largest dining event of the year, participating restaurants donated 15-25% of food sales to CADA Kids. The event raised nearly $15,000 for CADA’s prevention programs for youth in Santa Barbara County. Click here to view a list of participating restaurants.
Summit for Danny Spain Climbers
Exceed Their Fundraising Goal
Our team of intrepid climbers are back from their journey to Spain, where they walked the legendary trail of Camino de Santiago. For over one thousand years, the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, has attracted countless spiritual and adventure-seeking pilgrims alike. From May 18 - 28 they logged in over 90 miles of walking!
Climbers pay all of their own expenses, so every dollar raised goes to support subtance abuse treatment for teens. We thank all of you who donated to the climb, which to date has raised over $110,000 to support treatment services for teens at the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center.
Amethyst Ball Soars to New Heights
with the British Invasion!
The 2015 Amethyst Ball rose to new heights this year as 400 guests packed the Bacara Resort and Spa's main ballroom on Saturday, April 11 for a star-studded gala: The British Invasion. Guests arrived in an entertaining mix of black tie and 60's mod fashion, and were greeted by royal impersonators. The crowd sported Beatles wigs, British Flag mini-dresses and white boots, and various psychedelic outfits.
A sumptuous meal was capped off by a bread pudding dessert—a favorite of Princess Diana— created especially for the evening by Darren McGrady, former chef to the royal family.
The dance floor was packed till the last number as guests were entertained by Peter Noone and his Herman's Hermits band, Eric Burdon of the Animals, and Alan Parsons, known for the Alan Parsons Project and for working with the Beatles and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road.
The event's success was due to the creative planning and hard work of honorary chairs Peter Noone and his wife Mireille, and event chairs Bob Bryant, Susan Neuman, Holly Murphy, Betsy Turner and Anne Towbes. Thanks also to our numerous underwriters and patrons, and to all of those who bid on our silent and live auction items and donated to our special appeal to support CADA's school-based Youth Service Specialists. Special thanks goes to Peter Hilf for his generous gift of $100,000 to support CADA's programs.
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Learn More About Our Youth Service System in Santa Barbara Schools
At this year's Amethyst Ball, guests were moved by these heart-felt interviews with our Youth Service Specialists who work with students in local junior high and high schools to support them in dealing with a variety of mental health, behavioral, school, family, and substance abuse problems. >READ MORE