On Saturday, June 8 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., Hillside House will host its Sunset Soirée and Champagne Tasting, open to all in the community. Held outdoors in the renowned beauty of El Mirador Estate’s gardens in Montecito, the Sunset Soirée will feature renowned wine collector and writer John Tilson, who will introduce four specially-selected French champagnes in a memorable tasting journey. Tilson is the founder and principal author of the internationally-known, now-online magazine, The Underground Wine Letter (www.undergroundwineletter.com), which has been a premier source of information for wine lovers for over 30 years and was a pioneer in providing extensive champagne reviews annually. Tilson is also the proprietor of a highly-esteemed wine cellar in Montecito and was co-editor of Rarities. His personable, knowledgeable style of writing and his enthusiasm for wine have earned him a following world-wide. Open to all, this Sunset Soirée and Champagne Tasting includes delectable hors d’oeuvres, dessert, live music, and a silent auction. Proceeds support Hillside House, a therapeutic learning community and home for people with developmental disabilities. Tickets to the Sunset Soirée are $150 per person, $125 for one additional guest. Business sponsorships are also available. To attend the Sunset Soirée and help make a difference for Hillside House, visit http://bit.ly/sunsetsoiree2013 or call Curt Lauber at Hillside House at (805) 687-0788 ext. 15. Presented by ... Hillside House Venue ... El Mirador Estate EmailWebsite
6/4 - Craig Olson New Executive Director of Hillside House
The Board of Directors of Hillside House has just appointed Craig Olson to be the non-profit organization’s new Executive Director. Having served as Director of Administrative Services since 2005, Craig Olson stepped into his new position on June 1. Located on Veronica Springs Road, Hillside House provides a home, therapeutic learning community and 24-hour nursing care for 59 people with developmental disabilities, making it the largest provider of these residential services in the Santa Barbara area.
Craig Olson has worked in non-profit management for the past 28 years, most notably at Devereux Foundation, another non-profit serving people with disabilities, where he worked for 21 years.
Among his many duties, Olson will be responsible for shepherding Hillside House through the next crucial phase of its Community Plan.
Jim Wolfe, President of the Board of Hillside House, says of the appointment of Craig Olson as the new Executive Director, “Because of the breadth of his experience, particularly as it relates to the needs of Hillside House at this time, and his knowledge of our organization, Craig was the clear choice among our applicants.”
4/24 - Save the Date! -- 2012 Sunset Soirée -- May 19
On Saturday, May 19 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., Hillside House will host its Sunset Soirée, an inspirational benefit dinner open to all in the community. Held outdoors in the renowned beauty of El Mirador Estate’s gardens in Montecito, the Sunset Soirée will feature bestselling author and nationally-recognized speaker Rachel Simon. Rachel Simon’s memoir Riding the Bus With My Sister, about life lessons learned from her developmentally disabled sister, was a New York Times bestseller and was made into a movie starring Rosie O’Donnell and Andie MacDowell. The Soirée also includes a catered dinner, local wines and a live and silent auction, all to support Hillside House, a non-profit home and learning center for people with developmental disabilities. Tickets to the Sunset Soirée are $175 per person. Business sponsorships are also available. To attend the Sunset Soirée and help make a difference for Hillside House, visit http://bit.ly/sunsetsoiree2012 or call Curt Lauber at Hillside House at (805) 687-0788 ext. 15. Venue: El Mirador Estate. EmailWebsite
Chuck Klein has just joined the Board of Directors of Hillside House, and it could not have happened at a more significant moment in the non-profit’s growth. Hillside House, a residential facility and therapeutic learning center serving 59 people with developmental disabilities, is working on a plan to develop its 23 acres into a diverse neighborhood, creating 121 new residential units as well as a new central administration and services building for Hillside House clients. New board member Chuck Klein brings extensive experience in project management, having guided major building projects for numerous non-profits, particularly those in the field of developmental disabilities. Klein said he was drawn to volunteer for the board and offer his project management background because of Hillside House’s “terrific mission” and the “incredible opportunity” that the Hillside House Community Plan presents. Klein said, “This exciting and important project has the real potential to become a model for other California non-profits in the disabilities field, offering high quality and unique programs delivered in innovative and sustainable facilities.”
Ernesto Paredes has just joined the Board of Directors of Hillside House, a local non-profit residence and therapeutic learning community for people with developmental disabilities. Recognized as a “Local Hero” by the Santa Barbara Independent and the recipient of an “Everyday Hero” National Award by Court TV, Paredes grew up in Santa Barbara and has been devoted to the community ever since. He has served in leadership positions with numerous non-profits, including the Family Service Agency, Rehabilitation Institute, as co-president of the board of the Nonprofit Support Center, and currently as both chair of the leadership committee of Special Olympics in Santa Barbara and chair of the Leadership Council of CASA. He received the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 40 under 40 award and a Distinguished Leaders Award from Leadership Santa Barbara County.
A former executive director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), he is currently executive director of the non-profit Easy Lift. Easy Lift provides specialized transportation services in Santa Barbara county, furthering the independence of people who have challenges getting out into the community, including the residents of Hillside House.
6/17 - Hillside House Gets a Boost to its Long-Term Health
You’ve heard it said: “Give where you live.” It’s a model for communities to care for their own—for the elderly, the sick, the needy—and to provide for arts and culture and other non-profit services in one’s own area. Last year George and Marlene Riemer took a big step. They made an endowment to be managed by the Santa Barbara Foundation and given to Hillside House at the rate of 5% per year. Pleased both with the fiscal management by the Santa Barbara Foundation and with the work Hillside House has been doing in the past year, they have recently increased their initial endowment to help provide a lasting home and therapeutic center for the developmentally disabled.
On Saturday, June 4 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., Hillside House will host its first-ever Sunset Soirée, a benefit event open to all in the community. Held in the renowned beauty of El Mirador Estate’s gardens in Montecito, the Sunset Soirée features international inspirational speaker Jessica Cox. Participants at the Soirée will also enjoy a catered dinner, local wines and a live auction, all to support Hillside House, a non-profit home and learning center for people with developmental disabilities. ----- Born with no arms, Jessica Cox is unstoppable. She is the first pilot in aviation history to fly with her feet and the first person without arms to get a black-belt in the American Tae Kwon-Do Association. As adept with her feet as most people are with their hands, she not only drives a car with her feet, she puts in her contact lenses, plays the piano, surfs and scuba dives and much more. Jessica has been featured on Inside Edition, Ellen, and numerous other news outlets and was honored at the White House for the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An international motivational speaker, she redefines the concept of possibility in her humorous and inspiring talks. ----- Tickets to the Sunset Soirée are $150 per person. Business sponsorships are also available. To attend the Sunset Soirée and help make a difference for Hillside House, you can visit http://bit.ly/sunsetsoiree2011 or call Curt Lauber in the Hillside House Development Office at (805) 687-0788 ext EmailWebsite
On Sunday, May 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians presents the first annual Neighbor Day Wine Tasting, a benefit for Hillside House. The wine tasting will be held outdoors in the pastoral beauty of Rideau Vineyards in Solvang. The afternoon will feature tasting of Rideau’s award-winning Rhone varietals, catered lunch from Big Tom’s Backyard BBQ, live jazz by Jeanne Tatum & Co., performances of traditional Native American dances, magician Mark Barbarie, auction items, a commemorative wine glass, and more! Tickets are $65 and may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/2011NeighborDayWineTasting or by calling Curt Lauber at Hillside House at (805) 687-0788 ext. 15. All proceeds will benefit Hillside House, a non-profit residential center providing a nurturing home and therapeutic learning environment for 59 with developmental disabilities. EmailWebsite