Celebrating 50 Years of Service with Harrison Ford

In 2018, the board and executive management of New Beginnings made a decision to try a new fundraising model in place of our annual gala and to launch a year-long celebration of our 50th year of service. Given the recent natural disasters, the many non-profit galas every year, and the tremendous staff effort necessary to organize a gala, we decided to hold a different kind of event that would reflect our appreciation of the support we receive and that would truly be a celebration for all who attend.

To that end, on September 23, 2018, we hosted a very intimate event (only 36 people) with Harrison Ford that included a mimosa reception where guests had the opportunity to meet Harrison and have a keepsake photo taken with him. Guests also enjoyed an aviation theme and an extraordinary interview with the iconic actor, pilot, and environmental activist Harrison Ford, led by local resident Cheri Steinkellner, a well-known TV writer/producer.

All guests received a signed, numbered poster from Harrison. To attend the event, we requested an annual $5,000 donation to the agency to advance our work in the community with veterans, the homeless, and mentally ill.

Board of Directors with Harrison Ford

Board of Directors Celebrating 50 Years of Service with Harrison Ford

Staff Members Celebrating 50 Years of Service with Harrison Ford

Staff Members Celebrating 50 Years of Service with Harrison Ford

New Beginnings 50 Years - Fundraising Event with Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford Speaks on Behalf of New Beginnings

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Bruce Corwin

Metropolitan Theaters

Metropolitan Theaters

Modern Postcard

Hon. Susan Rose

The Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Independent


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Artemis Studios
Bill’s Copies
Boone Printing
Carpinteria Wine Company
Fritz Creative
Peju Province Winery
Rincon Catering
Ruby Road Leadership
Santa Barbara Airport
Shafer Vineyards
Signature Flight Support – SBA
Snowden Vineyards
The Montecito Journal
VOICE Magazine