Friday, April 15, 2011

Roots of Life & Rhythm of the Night - ECW Fund Raiser - April 16th

Join us Saturday, April 16th for a Garden Tour and Evening Event! 

Roots of Life - Champagne Garden Tour at 10am and 11:30am - Explore this award-winning garden while you sip mimosas and nibble croissants. Named Best Garden for Zero Landscaping in 2011 by Montecito Journal, this fun garden was created out of existing flora  and the generosity of neighbors. Tour led by owner, Neal Mazer.

Rhythm of the Night - Evening event begins at 7:00pm - Features Folio Wines from Mondavi Estate Wines, appetizers and desserts, Congolese music, Raffle drawing, and Silent Auction with art, jewelry, wine tours, and much more; also ethnic items from Congo for sale. There will also be presentations from Cara Brown/watercolor artist, Unite To Light, Tom's Shoes, and Dr. Victoria Bentley on Rotary projects in Congo.

Rotary sponsored Event
Rotaract of Santa Barbara is sponsoring this fund raiser for Empower Congo Womenon Saturday, April 16th at the home of Neal Mazer, 2140 Alisos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

Rotaractors are Rotary members from 18-30 years old. This event is spearheaded by Rotaract of Santa Barbara President Courtlin Stoker (2010-2011). It will be staffed by volunteers from that club. Chef: Vienna Lulu

Proceeds from the Event
Proceeds from Roots of Life and Rhythm of the Night go to support on-going operations  at Ushindi Center, Bukavu, DRC.  Specifically, it benefits 45 women and girl war survivors who are graduating from a year long vocational training program. In late June, each will receive a "Graduation Kit", consisting of a treadle sewing machine, stand, thread, oil, and enough fabric to help the new business  get off to a good start. Each kit costs $150 and allows a family of 5 to become self-reliant.

Women who do not sew will be given a stipend of equal value.

Proceeds also benefit the building of a Peace Market on the Ruzizi River, Mumosho, DRC. This peace and reconciliation effort sponsored by Rotary Club of Montecito intends to improve relations between the citizens of DRC and Rwanda who live in the area, roughly 45,000 people.

Join Us!
This promises to be a fun event with lively Congolese Soukous music, delicious food, fine wine, and the romantic ambiance of a garden filled with candles! 

Where:  2140 Alisos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

When:  Roots of Life Champagne Garden Tour, 10am and 11:30am
           Rhythm of the Night begins at 7:00pm

Cost:   Roots of Life Champagne Garden Tour  $15 
          Rhythm of the Night Evening Event  $35 (includes Garden Tour)


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Looking forward to seeing you there!

With love and gratitude,


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