Reaching for Stars celebrates its 20th Anniversary of helping local at-risk and homeless youth with an unforgettable evening sure to dazzle.
Prepare yourself for tantalizing dishes prepared by Santa Barbara’s top chefs, paired with fine wines of the region. From elegant passed hors d’oeuvres through the sumptuous five-course dinner, our chefs strive to create culinary masterpieces for your dining pleasure. To enhance the dining experience, there will also be performances by youth, as well as an exceptional raffle and select silent auction. Now in its 20th year, this is an event not to be missed!
Recap of the 20th Annual Reaching for Stars
On May 2 we welcomed our guests to join us for an evening of wines and fine dining at the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club, Rockwood to celebrate and support the life-changing work that the Y’s Youth and Family
Services have done for the community. Vincent Vanhecke, Executive Chef at the Valley Club, recruited a truly amazing team ready to astound and delight us as they donate their time and resources to support our youth, families and young adults. By purchasing a ticket, attendees enjoyed an exquisite meal prepared by star Santa Barbara chefs. Each fabulous course was paired by the chef team to a specific, premium wine from Alma Rosa Winery, Babcock Winery, Brander Vineyard, Buscador, Flying Goat Cellars, and Lumen. Our guests joined us for an epicurean event, filled with heart-warming stories, mouth-watering delicacies and amazing wine.
For more info on our chefs and this spectacular event, read our most recent press release.
Youth and Family Services YMCA was formed in 2001 as an independent social services branch of the Channel Islands YMCA. YFS currently operates four core programs that provide a continuum of care to underserved at-risk youth, young adults and families experiencing homelessness, neglect and abuse in the greater Santa Barbara area. Youth, young adults and families that participate in our programs experience greater safety and well-being while they develop skills and lasting relationships to improve their resilience and build a successful independent future.
Take a Peek at Previous Reaching for Stars
Thank You to Our Stars!
OUR STAR CHEFS
Michael Blackwell- Chef Michael
Randy Bublitz – School of Culinary Arts
Jean Michel – Carré Chocolats du CaliBressan
Pete Clements – Pete Clements Catering
Christine Dahl-Hutchings – Christine Dahl Pastries
Jessica Foster – Jessica Foster Confections
Charlie Fredericks – SBCC School of Culinary Arts
Michael Hutchings – Michael’s Catering
Greg Murphy – bouchon
Stephane Rapp – Santa Barbara City College
Muhsin Sugich – Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Vincent Vanhecke – Executive Chef
Jamie West – Montecito Club
Eric Widmer – La Cumbre Country Club
Brander – Fred Brander
Draughtsman Aleworks, Inc.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Jaffurs – Dan and Janelle Green
Melville – Chad Melville
Pence – Blair Pence
Union Sacre – Xavier Arnaudin
FROM THE GARDEN
Chris Fossek, Guitarist
Thank You to Our Star Sponsors!
Marilyn and Steven Gutsche
Student Transportation Inc.
Junior League of Santa Barbara
Lynn and Roger Karlson
BB&H Benefit Design
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation
Phileen and Morgan Jones – Doyle-Morgan Structural Engineering, Inc
Montecito Bank & Trust
Claudia and Ed St. George
Dr. Yolanda Garcia
Dr. Yonie Harris
Valerie and Don Kissell
Sue and Tom Richards
Marsha and Al Roberson
Santa Barbara City College Foundation
Carolyn and Bob Williams