On February 22 at the Hotel Californian, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County (Habitat) hosted its annual Denim & Diamonds Gala, which raised $170,000 for its homebuilding and home repair programs.
The sold-out crowd of 180 guests, many in stylish denim and dazzling bling, mingled during the jazz reception on the scenic Serena Rooftop, which plentiful heaters kept toasty warm. Then emcee and Montecito Bank & Trust Chair/CEO Janet Garufis, looking striking in denim overalls and a diamond belt, necklace, and earrings, welcomed the guests in the Alhambra Ballroom. She shared her passion for Habitat, which she explained is committed to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
Habitat partners with low- and moderate-income individuals in southern Santa Barbara County to build or improve their home. Homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Since its founding in 2000, Habitat has built 22 new homes for 84 people, half of whom are children, and has helped re-build and repair 150 homes.
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