13th Annual Gratitude Luncheon

Celebrating the Mentors in our Lives

A Benefit for CADA's Mentor Program

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Belmond El Encanto
800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Please arrive early. Complementary valet parking included.

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We are so excited to celebrate 28 years of mentoring children in Santa Barbara at the 13th Annual Gratitude Luncheon celebrating CADA's Mentor Program.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Belmond El Encanto

Joe Lambert

The event—led by Chair Anne Smith Towbes—will feature keynote speaker Joe Lambert. Joe is a Santa Barbara resident recognized for his philanthropic work in creating Santa Barbara's premier youth singing competition Teen Star, founded 14 years ago to support youth in the performing arts. His interest in mentoring began as an undergraduate at Westmont College, where he established a cheerleading program that won the national collegiate title. While earning his graduate degree at USC, he worked for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, and later for the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Joe began his private sector career in 1979 in the Santa Barbara office of EF Hutton and Company, where he was a top producing broker and manager. He is a Registered Investment Advisor and has managed one of the largest charities in America, with a performance that put him in the top 5th percentile over the last 20 years.

Please help us make this year's event the most successful ever on behalf of the young people whose bright futures depend on this life changing experience.

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Kenny Slaught

Honoring Mentor
Kenny Slaught

Penny Jenkins Mentor Champion Award

Kenny Slaught moved to Santa Barbara 49 years ago to attend UCSB. He was a founding board member of Storyteller Children's Center, a therapeutic preschool for children facing adverse challenges, and remains on the board today. Becoming a CADA mentor was a natural extension of his satisfaction with the Storyteller program and his joy of being a father of six.

Mentoring Rodrigo for the past eight years—and now his sister Itzayana—is one of the most fulfilling experiences of Kenny's life. The siblings have experienced some challenging family situations and the way they have each other's backs has inspired Kenny. Today, Rodrigo is a senior at San Marcos High School preparing to attend college after graduation, and Itzayana is a freshman at San Marcos.

Anne Smith Towbes

"Of the many wonderful community efforts I'm involved with, CADA's Mentor Program is one of the most dear to me."

Anne Smith Towbes
Founder & Event Chair

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in attending, contact Alison Brainard, Development Director or (805) 722-1320

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Devoted Heart Sponsors

  • George B. Page Foundation
  • Kenny and Elizabeth Slaught

Generous Heart Sponsors

  • Rinaldo and Lalla Brutoco
  • Deckers Outdoors
  • Anne Smith Towbes

Caring Heart Sponsor

  • Perri Harcourt
  • Melody Taft

Kind Heart Sponsors

  • John and Marti Daly
  • Stina Hans and Joel Kreiner
  • Joe Lambert
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • Gerald and Pamela Pelton
  • Loretta Redd
  • Alex Rose
  • Santa Barbara New House III
  • James and Marcia Wolfe

Invitation Sponsor

  • Bryant & Sons, Ltd