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CALM’s Silent Gala Draws Overwhelming Community Support, Awareness

Response for the nonprofit's 'I Will Not Be Silent' campaign exceeds expectations

During a time of economic insecurity, when nonprofits are more in need of critical funding than ever, one local nonprofit took a chance with a unique fundraising strategy — a “Silent Gala.”

CALM’s Silent Gala tied directly in with its recent “I Will Not Be Silent” public awareness campaign, generating support from the Santa Barbara community and beyond to not be silent in the face of child abuse.

This first-time virtual event was incredibly significant for the organization in that every dollar raised went directly to supporting CALM’s critical programs and services that prevent, assess and treat child abuse. This fundraising also allows CALM to continue the community-funded services that it provides, including school-based education and mandated reporter training.

The response from its Silent Gala was overwhelming, and it impacted CALM on so many different levels, including the fact that the organization saw its highest client intake numbers during the month of April as a direct result of the awareness generated.

“A 39-year-old man who had been sexually molested when he was 5 years old called us and explained that he had seen our ‘I Will Not Be Silent’ public service announcement on TV and decided it was time to speak up,” said Ann Bryant, CALM’s prevention and parenting coordinator. “His story is not the only one, and it’s critical moments like this where we know that our message is being heard, and we’re able to help.”

“Current clients being served by CALM are also being impacted by our campaign efforts, and are developing a newfound understanding and appreciation for their time with us,” Executive Director Cecilia Rodriguez said. “Recently a mother approached me in the waiting room with a big smile and told me that her young son, who is our client, saw me on TV and recognized me. He felt truly validated by our message, and understood that what happened to him was not his fault.”

CALM would like to take this opportunity to send genuine and heartfelt thanks to the Santa Barbara community for its overwhelming support of the Silent Gala. Between the Silent Gala, the online auction and the ongoing “I Will Not Be Silent” effort, CALM raised about $150,000. CALM distributed 2,000 “I Will Not Be Silent” reusable bags through partnerships with the County Board of Education, THRIVE, the Santa Barbara Public Library System and CAP-C (Child Abuse Prevention Council).

CALM received resolutions from the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the Goleta City Council declaring support for the “I Will Not Be Silent” campaign and that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month throughout Santa Barbara County. The “I Will Not Be Silent” pledge has grown to more than 2,100 names, and CALM had more than 30 new donors added to CALM’s list of supporters.

The development team at CALM was also thrilled to find that donors from years past were returning with renewed support for CALM and the Silent Gala. Because this community was not silent, CALM’s waiting list has doubled in size. CALM now must find even more resources to treat, assess and heal children and families.

In addition to these measurable outcomes from the gala and campaign, CALM is also celebrating the intangibles, including tremendous staff pride and higher visibility and recognition in the Santa Barbara community.

CALM would like to thank the entire Santa Barbara County community for its support and awareness. Particular thanks go out to Debby and Roger Aceves, Rosa and Michael Alvarado, American Riviera Bank, Darlene Amundsen, Stacie and George Anthes, Carol and Dr. Mounir Ashamalla, B&B Foundation, Margo and Jeff Barbakow, Laura and Dave Barella, Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf LLP, Diane Baskin, Arlene B. Becker, Stephen Blain and Paul Guido, Diane Blau, Ph.D., Dr. Diane Boss, Bourke Wealth Management, Susan E. Bower, Caryl Bowman, Mary Ett Brown, Penny and Dean Brunner, Terri and Phil Bugay, Business First Bank, Cabana Home, Julie Capritto, Trudy Carey, Jeanette Carpenter, Alice Chaffee, Mona Chapin, Patricia and Earl Clark, Fred Clough, Linda Clough, NancyBell Coe and William Burke, Judy Karin and Dan Cohen, Susan Conger, D’Arcy and Mark Cornwall, Sharon and Michael Crandall, Amelia Dallenbach, Janet and Ab Davis, Kevyn de Regt, Molly and Benjamin Diener, Jack Dimock, Kathryn Dinkin, Ann Donlon, Ginni and Chad Dreier, Ginni and Chad Dreler, Jeana Dressel, Patti and Mark Duell, Sr., Patricia and Larry Durham, Elizabeth Ewers and Jeffrey Lovelace, Gail and Barry Fanaro, Terri and Richard Fawcett, Bridget and Mark Foreman, Mary and Raymond C. Freeman, Jr., Anna M. Freidell, FTI Services Inc., Setsuko and Dennis Furuike, Cheri Gable, David Gersh, Roberta and Allen Gersho, Marilyn Gevirtz, Giffin & Crane General Contractors, Joyce Ginsberg, Samantha Goldstone, Lori and Rabbi Evan Goodman, Elayne and Aaron Goodman, Carol Ostrow and Michael Graff, Sharon and Larry Grassini, Ruth Green, Mary and Rowland Hanson, Gail and Roger Haupt, Candy Hedrick, Debra Wilson and Gary Heuer, Jane and Terry Honikman, Terri Hudson, Karl Hutterer, IDO Events Inc., Esther Jaimes, Jennifer Guess Public Relations, Nancy Lieberman and Jerry Jensen, Hayley and Doug Jessup, Alice Gillaroo and Susan Jorgensen, Tracy and Eric Kanowsky, Bert Karin, Sarah and Dr. Frederick Kass, Linda Adler-Kassner and Scott Kassner, Tone Kearns, Lorna and Richard Kemmerer, Denise Klassen, Anna and Petar Kokotovic, Rick Erickson and Neil Korpinen, Peggy and Richard Lamb, Robin and Richard Landsberger, Kim Liscombe, Lynn Luft, Georgia Lynn, Jeppe Madsen, Jane Manasse, MarBorg Industries, Martial Arts Family Fitness, Frankie and Angel Martinez, Margaret and James McDermott, Lailan McGrath, Janet Millar, Barbara G. Molina, Dr. Arthur Morel, Susan and Ron Morrow, Carolyn and Liam Murphy, Mrs. Raymond King Myerson, Janice and Richard Nagler, Joanne and Robert Nelson, Julie and Peter Newendorp, Linda Newlin, Carol and Steve Newman, NS Ceramic Inc., Ray H. Olmstead, Deborah Holmes and Craig Park, Teresa and Gerald Peeke, Rosemary Peters, Janet Pickthorn, M.D., Cassie Murray and William Plapinger, PMSM Architects, Jane Polythress, Phyllis and Elliot Prager, Joanne and Brian Rapp, Nancy and David Renshaw, Eileen Vopelak and David Ristig, Riviera Insurance Services, Karen Robinson, Jean Roman, Cecilia Rodriguez and Bob Stanley, Christine Ryerson, Rosemary and Richard Sanders, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center, Ruth and Bernard J. Schaeffer, Paul Schaffer, Maryan and Richard Schall, Phyllis Schechter, Judy Bennett and Stephen Schweitzer, Judy and Dale Seborg, Evelynn Smith, Sally and Jay Smith, Marianne and Norman F. Sprague, Helga and Francis Sulger, Michele and David Tappeiner, Leah and Robert Temkin, the Mosher Foundation, The Towbes Foundation, Michael Thompson, Mike Timm, Drs. Carrie Towbes and John Lewis, Susanne and Gary Tobey, Barb and Sam Toumayan, Sydney and Peter Tredick, Cecli and David Vierra, Volentine Family Foundation, Harold Wayne, Beverly and Paul Weiss, Jane and Timothy Wilson, Marcia and Jim Wolfe, Judith and George Writer, Anne and Stephen Yungling, Sheila and Jim Zimmerman, and numerous anonymous supporters.

This was a communitywide effort, and CALM would also like to thank its nonprofit partners: CASA of Santa Barbara County, Channel Islands YMCA, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Easy Lift Transportation, Family Service Agency, Partners in Education, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Storyteller Children’s Center; and the media sponsors: CASA Magazine, KEYT-TV, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent and Santa Barbara News-Press.

CALM would also like to thank the individuals and companies who donated their products, experiences and services to the online auction: About Faces Salon and Spa, Adesso Jewelry, Linda Adler-Kassner, Rosa Alvarado, Avanti Salon, Skona Brittain, Jana Brody, Cabana Home, Salud Carbajal, Chaucer’s Books, The Chocolate Gallery, Cloud Star Corporation, Collage, The Color Room, Conway Family Wines, Covet Interiors, Cutting Edge Hair Salon, Dadiana Salon, Darin Jon Studio, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Demetria Winery, Downey’s, Holly Dresher, Danny Echt, Evolutions Medical Spa, Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Ranney LLP, Fit Buddha, For Paws Salon, David Gaynes, Granada Theatre, Gustafson Dance, Mark Halper Photography, Harlequin’s Theatrical Supply, Gail Haupt, Susan Henry, Anna and Petar Kokotovic, Lewis Plumbing Inc., Lissa Liggett, Elena Martinez, Mirella Z. Olson, Miss 805, Law Offices of Marcus William Morales, Debrah Nelson, Barbara Nottage, David Obst, Paradise Café, Peaches Skin Care, Pear Valley Vineyard, Posh Fine Jewelers, Santa Barbara Athletic Club, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Mayor Helene Schneider, Skin Care Bistro, Trudy Timm-Schuette, Chad Stewart, Universal Studios, Whirling Dervish Press LLC and Wine Cask.

A final thank you goes out to CALM’s Event Committee, co-chair Rick Erickson, co-chair Mary Hanson, Rosa Alvarado, Laura Barella, Lori Conk, Barbara de L’Arbre, Tamara Jensen, Gilbert Reyes, Henry Rosas, Anne Yungling and Sheila Zimmerman. Because so many of you were not silent, our children and families can enjoy living in a community of responsibility.

CALM was founded in 1970 to reach stressed parents before they hurt their children. CALM continues to be the only non-profit agency in Santa Barbara County focusing solely on preventing, assessing, and treating child abuse and family violence through comprehensive, cutting-edge programs. Since its inception, CALM has touched the lives of more than 100,000 children. Last year alone we served more than 5,000 clients. CALM offers children, families, and adults a safe, non-judgmental, caring, and strength-based environment to heal and increase family well-being.

For more information about all of CALM’s services, click here or call 805-965-2376.

— Jennifer Guess is a publicist representing Child Abuse Listening & Mediation (CALM).

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