Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) will host its first fundraising event in support of promoting independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education, and action in local communities, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Santa Barbara Club.

ILRC, a nonprofit service provider, invites community members in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties to attend the benefit dinner called Passion for Independence. Register online at www.ilrc-trico.org.

Passion for Independence will be raising money to address the unmet needs of local individuals with disabilities on a quest to live their best lives focusing on emergency preparedness and youth transition.

ILRC provides resources, assistance, and targeted programs to help with the details of independence such as affordable/accessible housing, benefits, transportation, personal assistance, assistive technology, and peer support.

“After 43 years, this is our first time hosting a fundraiser,” said Dani Anderson, executive director. “We are so excited to expand existing and create new relationships to benefit individuals with disabilities in our area.

“ILRC is ready to move from our community’s best-kept secret to the place individuals with disabilities go to seek the equity and independence they deserve.”

The event opens with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and fundraising activities. Emcee for the evening is Geoff Green, CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation.

Event participation includes purchasing individual tickets for the evening or becoming a sponsor. Benefits of becoming a sponsor may include preferred seating, recognition from the podium, logo and/or name on ILRC’s Passion for Independence event webpage, recognition on ILRC’s media, and printed material.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for the event. For more information to become a sponsor, attend the event or donate, visit www.ilrc-trico.org.

ILRC is a disability service and advocacy nonprofit headquartered in Santa Barbara the last 43 years with offices throughout the tri-counties. ILRC works with individuals experiencing all disabilities, of all ages, and income levels to achieve their independence goals with an overarching lifework of keeping individuals with disabilities from being isolated.

— Dani Anderson for Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.