The Holiday Best, and Tea of Course

There was a whole “herd” of reindeer at the Lobero Theatre Associates Holiday Tea held in Betsy Lewis’s home. We didn’t need Santa to drive them because they were only about six inches tall, Stieff stuffed toys dating from the 1940s and ‘50s. They held court on all the mantels along with antique gnomes in the restored 1921 George Washington Smith home.

This was a totally girlie affair, with the music group Lamplighters dressed like my Victorian Christmas dolls singing Christmas carols. The dining table was laden with tiny sandwiches, lots of sweets and, of course, tea. But you could also have champagne! All the guests added to the atmosphere by looking exquisitely glamorous in their holiday finery.

The Associates hadn’t forgotten the children. Spilling out from under the Christmas tree were unwrapped toys each person donated. They were given to CALM to distribute for Christmas. Blair St. John was chair for this cozy Christmas-y event. President of the group is Lily Marx and her board was nearly all there: Robin Fell, Linda Vannier, Dominique Lacerte-Shea, Amy Lacerte Phillips, Jane Litchfield and Joan Crossland. Kate Gura handled RSVPs, Marilyn Schuermann was in charge of publicity and Colette Hartman underwrote many of the expenses for the tea.

Thanks go to Sally St. John for underwriting the Christmas decorations for the Lobero Courtyard and in front of the theatre. Ingrid and Fritz Ingram gave $10,000 to the Lobero in the name of the Associates to begin the campaign for new software.

Bridget Colleary and Elaine Stepanek were recently co-chairs for an Angel Project. Members who donated two tickets to State Street Ballet’s “Nutcracker” show received an angel pin. That’s what the Associates is all about – supporting the Lobero Theatre in many ways.

Palm Trees, Grass Huts in Winter Wonderland

Holiday in Paradise obviously means December in Santa Barbara, but it was also the theme for the Santa Barbara City College Foundation’s annual gala held at the Campus Center. President John Romo and wife, Mary, invited everyone to “enhance the life of a child by donating new books” and bringing them to the party. They will go to the children in the CARE program.

CARE stands for Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education and it provides support services for the academically under-prepared, low-income, single parents who wish to pursue an education and enhance their job skills and opportunities. CARE assists with childcare expenses, textbooks, school supplies, counseling, bus passes and more. More than 250 students are served each year.

As we entered “paradise” the books were stacked high. Instead of snow and reindeer, there were palm trees and grass huts all around but nary a hula girl to be found. There was, however, a hula teacher, Angelina Eller, and Hawaiian music. The culinary students had been busy carving a dolphin ice sculpture for a centerpiece and preparing all the goodies from sushi to sweets.

Among the folks filling the center were Foundation CFO Russell Green, CEO Barbara Ben-Horin, Chair of President’s Council Board Stan Fishman and wife, Roberta, who donated silver pens as a gift to the guests, board members Joe Scher and Lila, Stefanie Davis, Len Jarrott and Peg, Sue Colin with husband, J. W., Robert Egenolf and Judy, Des O’Neill with Carla, past City College President Peter MacDougall and Leslie and Foundation manager of marketing and communication Stefanie Davis.

If you would like to help out the SBCC Foundation and its programs call 730-4401.