With more than 200 guests attending, the Family Service Agency’s (FSA) Dreams in Bloom fundraiser on May 13 raised a record $250,000 to benefit the children, families and seniors served by FSA.

FSA facilities include Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center and Guadalupe’s Little House by the Park.

The sold-out event was held at at the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club at Rockwood

“We are humbled and energized by the support of our community,” said CEO Lisa Brabo. “This event is a great way to connect with our supporters and share our mutual passion for investing in the lives of the people we have the honor of serving.”

Dreams in Bloom was the first fully in-person event for FSA in four years. The spring-themed event featured a flower-filled reception on the outside patio with 30 silent auction baskets and a wine wall that kept guests guessing.

A three-course dinner, prepared by Catering Connection, was followed by a paddle raise and live auction led by auctioneer Janet Garufis, Montecito Bank & Trust CEO. The live auction featured exclusive vacation destinations to England, South Africa, and Mexico.

Attendees watched a video that featured staff sharing stories about helping students with mental health challenges, seniors overcoming obstacles, and low-income families in need of housing due to recent floods.

Brabo told a moving story of a “comfort blanket” made by an FSA supporter that helped a child find solace and friendship.

“Our community needs FSA now more than ever. We are so proud to support an agency that is always stepping up to serve the needs of our community,” said Marni Cooney, board member.

Presenting sponsors are Marni and Michael Cooney, Tania and John Burke of Trek Travel, and Carole MacElhenny. Additional sponsors include Lorrie and Greg Forgatch, Jill and John Bishop, Ginny and Tim Bliss, Zora and Les Charles, Montecito Bank & Trust, SEIU Local 620, U.S. Bank, Liz and Andrew Butcher, Balance Financial Management, CenCal Health, and Santa Barbara Foundation.

For a full list of sponsors and pictures from the event, visit DreamsinBloom.org.