Johnny Mathis

Rona Barrett Foundation announces sponsorship opportunities and first four sponsors for annual fundraising event benefiting the Golden Inn & Village

Santa Ynez, Calif., July 31, 2016—The Rona Barrett Foundation is honored to announce legendary singer Johnny Mathis as the Sentimental Journey sponsor for the Big Band Ball in Santa Ynez on Saturday, October 8th to benefit the Golden Inn & Village and its program services.

The first four major sponsorship packages have been reserved by: legendary Johnny Mathis (Sentimental Journey sponsor), Dignity Health (In the Mood sponsor), El Rancho Marketplace (Begin the Beguine sponsor) and Vincent Vineyards (Begin the Beguine sponsor).

I consider Johnny Mathis the prince of romantic singing of all time and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his 60th Anniversary 2016 Concert Tour to delight audiences of all ages,said Rona Barrett, Founder and CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation. We are so grateful for his generous support and the commitment by each of our first wave of event sponsors who are now helping to build a future for seniors in need.

Mathis, with roots in the Santa Ynez Valley, is also supporting the Rona Barrett Foundation through the nonprofits Golden Stars campaign to be commemorated with a permanent plaque next to the door for each of the 60 Golden Inn & Village apartments.

The Big Band Ball is the 4th annual fundraising event for the Golden Inn & Village, opening this fall as the first affordable senior housing campus in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, and a model solution to community-based housing for low-income seniors. The gala event will support the Golden Inn & Village by funding its program services.

Event guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine/cocktail reception with live music from The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke and a dinner catered by New West Catering. Other festivities include a “Bucket List – Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience” live auction, ballroom dancing, a fabulous 40’s theme and Rona Barretts birthday celebration on the date she was actually born, as she enters the “Age of Octogenarius.”

Throughout the evening, guests will also enjoy entertainment provided by The Ole Skool Crew, a professional all-female dance revue performing choreographed swing, jive dance solos and performances in collaboration with The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke. Performers are members of the LA Sparks professional cheerleading ensemble and all are 50 years of age and older.

Event sponsorship packages will ensure that the Golden Inn & Village is a premiere residency campus for seniors who are at-risk and/or in-need. Sponsorship tiers include: Tuxedo Junction at $20,000, Sentimental Journey at $15,000, In the Mood at $10,000 and Begin the Beguine at $5,000.

To secure a sponsorship or for more information, please contact Darlene Ramirez at (805) 688-8887 or email info@ronabarrettfoundation.org.

The Rona Barrett Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a solution to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of the Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place. To become a Golden Star or learn more about the Golden Inn & Village, please visit www.ronabarrettfoundation.org.

David and Jan Crosby

<strong>Campaign Provides Apartment Naming Opportunities within Barrett’s Golden Inn &amp; Village for seniors</strong>

Santa Barbara, CA, August 13, 2015— David Crosby, local musician and singer-songwriter, has recently been announced as the first celebrity to become a “Golden Star” as part of the Rona Barrett Foundation’s new Golden Stars campaign for the Golden Inn &amp; Village (GIV).

Crosby and his wife Jan have chosen to honor the memory of Jan’s mother as the first “Golden Stars” and will have a permanent plaque naming one of the 60 affordable senior apartments at the GIV.

After spending three decades as an entertainment journalist interviewing Hollywood’s top celebrities, Rona Barrett is now reaching out to the stars in a new way—to become “Golden Stars” and support the GIV. The GIV will be the Santa Ynez Valley’s first affordable residential senior housing facility. The goal of the Golden Stars campaign is to have each of the 60 affordable senior living apartments within the GIV sponsored by a “Golden Star” within the entertainment industry, which will then be named in their honor.
The former celebrity journalist and now senior advocate has introduced the Golden Stars campaign to help make a difference in the lives of seniors who need to know that they are not forgotten and alone in their Golden Years.

“I am thrilled that my dear friends, David and Jan Crosby, have chosen to participate in my Golden Stars campaign and help our vulnerable seniors access housing that allows them to age in place,” said Barrett, CEO and Founder of the Rona Barrett Foundation. “The campaign provides an exciting opportunity for people—whether they be in the entertainment industry or the community—to really become involved in the future of the Golden Inn &amp; Village.”

With a contribution of $10,000 for a one bedroom apartment or $5,000 for a studio, Golden Stars “celebrities” will be celebrated with a permanent plaque displaying their name next to the door of one of the GIV apartments.

The Rona Barrett Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a solution to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of the Golden Inn &amp; Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place. The Golden Inn &amp; Village is a project of the Rona Barrett Foundation in partnership with Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara and Surf Development.