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Andrew Firestone to Emcee Peoples’ Self-Help Housing 45th Anniversary Gala and Auction

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) invites the community to celebrate its 45th anniversary at the affordable housing provider’s Central Coast Taste of Hope dinner and auction gala from 5–8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra Street.

With 45th anniversaries marked by the sapphire gemstone, the event’s theme is sapphire blue, which will be reflected in the event’s lighting, décor, and signature sapphire cocktails.

Businessman and reality television personality Andrew Firestone will emcee the event, which will serve as a thank you to the many supporters who have helped PSHH grow from a small community initiative in San Luis Obispo to an award-winning nonprofit and the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has developed almost 1,600 affordable rental units housing more than 5,000 low-income residents. PSHH has also assisted over 1,200 low-income Self-Help home builders build and own their own first home.

“It has been an amazing 45 years. We have been pushed by the critical need for housing that we see in our communities every day,” stated PSHH President and CEO, John Fowler. “We wanted our 45th Anniversary to be a chance to recognize those who have helped us shelter so many hard working families in safe, affordable homes over the decades. We also want to tell our story to anyone who wants to know more or to help further our mission.”
The 45th Anniversary gala will feature a gourmet dinner by Chef Michael Hutchings, live entertainment by Broadway A la Carte and dancing under the stars in the Museum’s Adobe Courtyard. There will also be a swing dancing demonstration by Robert Moore and partner to get everyone on the dance floor.

PSHH residents will share their personal success stories. Attendees will be able to further support PSHH through a silent auction featuring items, such as restaurant and hotel gift certificates, magnums and cases of fine wine, pilates and yoga lessons, artwork and collectibles and much more.

The cocktail hour will feature wine tasting by Grassini Family Vineyards and the Sanger Family of Wines: Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli. Beer samplings by Island Brewing Company will also be available.

Sponsorships are still available, and charitable donations of wine, gift certificates and other merchandise for the silent auction are respectfully requested. Call Monica Scholl at 805.699.7220 or email [email protected] for more information or for donation pick up if needed.

Seating is limited to 200, so early reservations are encouraged. Ticket information is available at pshhc.org (click on the Taste of Hope logo) or phone 805.699.7220.

— Angel Pacheco is a publicist representing Peoples' Self-Help Housing.

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