SANTA BARBARA RESCUE MISSION HONORS KARL WILLIG DURING 2022 ROAD TRIP TO THE BAYOU
By Bonnie Carroll
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission (SBRM) held its twenty-first annual Road Trip to the Bayou fundraiser on Saturday, October 1, 2022, on the scenic private beach of historic Rancho Dos Pueblos, where guests enjoyed casual al fresco atmosphere by the beach while bidding online for valuable silent auction items, enjoying a delicious rest stop dinner by Lorraine Lin Catering and listening to live music from The Idiomatics.
Karl Willig, who was to be honored at this year’s Bayou event for his outstanding support and contributions to SBRM over the years, passed away suddenly in early September, making this a poignant and heartfelt event honoring his great support to SBRM over the years.
“Karl Willig will be remembered and honored with the Leni Fe Bland Award for his service to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and our community. Rolf Geyling, President of Rescue Mission said. “The Rescue Mission family is saddened by the recent death of Karl Willig. The imprint of his leadership and broad involvement is deeply visible in the organization we are today.
Funds raised at the Bayou allow the mission to offer a successful 12-month residential drug and alcohol treatment program and provide emergency services to homeless guests. Last year, the Bayou event raised over $600,000 to help those seeking refuge and healing from drug and alcohol addiction. The Mission has helped more than 900 people recover over the past 25 years. John Ross and Rick Fogg paid a moving tribute to award winner Karl Willig, followed by program graduate Eric Duncan who shared his journey of challenges and freedom, joy and hope with Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Santa Barbara Mayor Randy Rowse shared the valuable service SBRM has provided to the community for so many years, and that he was happy to enjoy the new venue for the Bayou 2022 event.
Special thanks to Board Chair Joyce McCullough, Women’s Auxiliary Chair Pamela Dillman Haskell, Bayou Co-Chairs Susan Hughes and Joan Wimberly, Decorations Chair Dianne Davis, Auction Coordinators Terry Foil, Alice Birch and Katie Pointer, Rancho Dos Pueblos Institute owners of Rancho Dos Pueblos, Lorraine Lim Catering and her exceptional team, Master of Ceremonies Catherine Remak, Bryant & Sons Jewelers, Cox Communications, Montecito Bank & Trust, Fess Parker Vineyard & Winery, The Petersen Foundation .
“Together, we are not just transforming the lives of individuals, we are changing and saving entire families. Generations from now, people will live in hope and freedom thanks to the Mission and our donors who make it possible,” said Rolf Geyling, President of Rescue Mission. All proceeds will be donated to homeless services and the state-certified 12-month residential drug and alcohol treatment program of the Sant Barbara Rescue Mission.
About the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Founded in 1965, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to individuals and families in need. It is the only organization between Oxnard and Santa Maria that provides hot meals and overnight accommodation to homeless people 365 days a year. The Rescue Mission provides men and women with 12-month residential recovery treatment, family support, relapse prevention, sober living for men, college education and job training. Its residential drug and alcohol addiction program has been recognized regionally and nationally for its extraordinary effectiveness. The Mission receives no government funding. For more information, visit: www.sbrm.org.
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Bayou Roadtrip to the Bayou
Mayor of Santa Barbara Randy Rowse
Rolf Geyling, President of the SBRM
Road Trip to Bayou Beach Dinner