Evacuated from the Thomas Fire, three Montecito friends -- Eric Phillips, Pat Smith, and Sheila Herman – met up in Los Angeles where they anxiously awaited news and the fate of their homes. Marveling at the heroism of the first responders, they all agreed: when the fire was finally contained, the men and women of the fire, police, sheriff and CHP would need to be properly thanked. Their friends, Patrick and Ursula Nesbitt, agreed to host an event at their estate and the idea soon took off. The first committee meeting was held Christmas Eve and in just over a week, nearly $250,000 had been raised.
What is it: Kick Ash Bash will first and foremost be a day of fun for our first responders, in a heartfelt statement of immense gratitude. After all, they just saved our town! This will be a family-friendly celebration that includes live music, food, drink, and entertainment for the kids. The event has already been paid for by the immediate and extraordinary generosity of individuals and local foundations. All of our firefighters and first responders are now covered to attend with their families at no cost.
Who Benefits? Having covered the cost of the event, we hope to raise money to help our First Responders purchase equipment they desperately need but not in their budgets. For that, we are seeking corporate sponsorships and private donations. This is the first ever event in our community to bring together ALL of our first responders - fire, police, sheriff, and CHP - under one banner. It benefits everyone in our community and County, regardless of where they live. Our fundraising Goal: $500,000+
Who manages the funds raised? Senior representatives from Santa Barbara’s Police, Fire, and Sheriff are all on the committee. All funds are being directed to the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance -- a 501(c)3 – which will distribute them to all first responder organizations.
Where: Kick Ash Bash will be held at Patrick and Ursula Nesbitt's Bella Vista Estate -- providing ample space for the expected 1,000+ people in attendance.
When: Sunday February 25, 2018 from 12 – 6 pm
Entertainment: Prominent celebrities and musicians being confirmed, TBA under separate cover.
Eric Phillips & Patrick Nesbitt
Kids Festival, Karla Blackwell
Kirsten Cavendish and Tammy Hughes, Entertainment Committee
Caroline Harrah, Marketing & PR
Sheriff Bill Brown
Officer Greg Hons
Captain Tony Pighetti
Diana Starr Langley
Marla McNally Phillips
John and Olesya Thyne
Diana Starr Langley, Budget & Finance and
Food & Beverage
MIke McGrew and Officer Greg Hons, Venue and Operations
Chief Pat McElroy
Lt. Kevin Huddle
Captain Cindy Pontes
Tom Parker, Foundation and Individual Giving
Captain Tony Pighetti, Philanthropy
Richard Weston-Smith, Corporate Sponsorships
Chief Chip Hickman
Chief Lori Luhnow