Friday, April 18, 2014


WHAT A GREAT event in Santa Barbara last week! Thank you Diane Hamilton of the Santa Barbara-and Solvang-based event production firm, Relevé Unlimited, and Dean A. Palius of Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People -- for having me play golf badly at the  “Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend” kick-off event, the “Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend Golf Tournament”, held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the oceanfront Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, California. 

The tournament was hosted by “Sideways” author and playwright, Rex Pickett, as a nod to the 10-year anniversary of the Oscar-winning film. My fellow celebs included  Richard Karn of “Home Improvement”, Kathleen Bradley of “The Price Is Right”, and Santa Barbara resident and former Los Angeles Lakers NBA pro, Don Ford.

A portion of sponsorship and 100% of raffle proceeds benefiting local charity, Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People. PHP’s philosophy is to give families and individuals a ‘hand up” to achieve self-sufficiency.  PHP has a ‘model service delivery program,’ integrating services for infants, children, youth and adults into a “one stop shop” that has multiple neighborhood access points.  Clients can make a single contact with a PHP Family Services Coordinator at a Family Resource Center at area schools, receive any of PHP’s 17 program services and/or receive help in obtaining services from other non-profit or government agencies.  This system minimizes costs and maximizes getting help to those who need it

Major Programs include:

Basic Needs: Food and Emergency Services (Rent/Mortgage Assistance, Mobile Home Repair, Utility Assistance)

Health CareCommunity Health Access Resource Team (CHART), Children’s Dental Fund
Youth Programs: Buellton After School Youth Program, Mentoring, Student Action Prevention Network (SPAN), Youth Coalition, and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling
Family Support: Domestic Violence Prevention, Parent Education, Advocacy, Case Management, Christmas Fulfill-A-Wish, and Family Resource Centers.  Resource Centers are a focal point for families who formerly were isolated to gather and share concerns and ideas to improve their student’s and families’ lives.
In addition to its own services, People Helping People makes the services of other governmental and non-profit organizations conveniently available within its Under 1 Roof program. For a list of these services choose the link below.

Diane Hamilton, Richard Karn, Lydia Cornell, Cheyenne, Kathleen Bradley

Lydia Cornell and Rex Pickett

Richard Karn, Lydia Cornell

The Sandpiper Golf Club – rated by Golf Digest as one of the 2013-2014 top 40 golf courses in California – will serve as the shotgun-start golf tournament’s backdrop, with tickets to include greens fees, golf cart use, a sleeve of balls, lunch, wine tasting stations and a post-tournament awards reception. Participants’ skills’ will be put to the test with contests such as “Closest to the Pin”, “Longest Drive”, and an official Putting Contest, as well as a test of attendees’ “Sideways” knowledge via a themed trivia contest. Rewards will take the form of a $30,000 prize for a hole-in- one on the 18th tee, as well as other premium prizes. Attendees will also have the option of buying into a raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit the tournament’s charitable cause.
Amidst all of the golf and games, tournament attendees will be able to enjoy Southern comfort cuisine from local Santa Barbara food truck, Georgia's Smokehouse, as well as wine from stations situated at the clubhouse, hosted by local wineries and winemakers including Dick Doré of Foxen Winery, Matt Brady of Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and William James Cellars.
Celebrities scheduled to appear at the April 10 Golf Tournament are Richard Karn of “Home Improvement”, Kathleen Bradley of “The Price Is Right”, Lydia Cornell of “Too Close for Comfort”, and Santa Barbara resident and former Los Angeles Lakers NBA pro, Don Ford.
Contact: Anna Ferguson
Stiletto Marketing
Phone: 1.877.327.2656 Email:
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The 2014 Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend drew upwards of 5,000 attendees, and took place at venues spread throughout the Santa Barbara County wine region. In addition to the Thursday, April 10 Spring Weekend Golf Tournament, are four days’ worth of Spring Weekend activities running Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13, encompassing a total of 12 “Signature” events and more than 15 SBV winery member ancillary events. The headlining Weekend events are the Saturday, April 12 Grand Tasting at Buellton’s River View Park, and the Sunday, April 13 Farm-to-Table Picnic and Concert at Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, featuring indie rock / Americana music band, Jamestown Revival – the proceeds of which will also benefit Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People.

Spring Weekend will also feature a Festival Opening celebration consisting of a Sta. Rita Hills AVA wine pairing dinner at Buellton food emporium, Industrial Eats; a Wine Education Seminar Series at Solvang’s Hotel Corque, moderated by Clos Pepe Vineyards’ Wes Hagen; multiple guided vineyard hikes; a 90+ Points Wine & Dine Event in Santa Barbara; a Barrel Toasting Seminar and Tasting, with dinner, at Michael Larner’s new wine co-op, Buellton Bodegas; and an ultra-exclusive Grassini Family Vineyards Dinner Event featuring their own wines, plus Dierberg Estate Vineyard, Margerum Wine Company, Kaena Wine, Andrew Murray Vineyards, Fiddlehead Cellars and Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard.
Tickets for the April 10 Spring Weekend Golf Tournament are $190.00 per person; for additional details surrounding the Golf Tournament and the full line-up of Spring Weekend events, and to purchase tickets for any portion of the Spring Weekend, please visit: The Sandpiper Golf Club is located at 7925 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117; please visit, for more information.
Additional wineries, celebrated dignitaries and celebrities scheduled to participate in the Spring Weekend Golf Tournament, will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as details about the additional Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend Signature events; updates will be published at, and announced via posts with the hashtag #SBVintnersFest. For more information about Santa Barbara Vintners, please visit, or
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Information about Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People is available at, and on Facebook at
Media inquiries about this announcement, may be directed to Anna Ferguson- Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or

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