Annual Benefit- Every Brilliant Thing

Join Us this September for an Evening of Fun and Laughter!

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our Annual Benefit this year at Center Stage Theater on Saturday, September 24, 2022. We will be hosting the British-comedian Jonny Donahoe, who will perform his critically-acclaimed, one-man show, Every Brilliant Thing. We will also be holding a preview performance on September 23 and a matinee performance for the community on September 25.

Picture of Jonny Donahoe performing his show Every Brilliant Thing

What is Every Brilliant Thing?

Jonny Donahoe’s one-man show, Every Brilliant Thing, (which he co-wrote and originally performed) is one of the funniest and most heart-warming performances you will ever see about a boy growing up in the wake of his mother’s mental illness. The show has been performed more than six hundred times on four continents, including five months off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater.

Every Brilliant Thing has been replicated by dozens of comedians throughout the world, and HBO has even produced a documentary special about the performance. We are very fortunate to bring the co-creator and original performer of Every Brilliant Thing to Santa Barbara and are excited to share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with our donors and community members for our next annual fundraiser.

New Beginnings uses storytelling to engage our community on such complex social issues as mental illness and homelessness. We have learned that stories are a powerful way to help people overcome the psychological barriers that can inhibit belief and behavior change, and that stories that anchor complex issues in the lives of individuals are not only more engaging, but also more likely to change people’s perceptions of an issue.

Become an Event Sponsor Today!

Our event sponsors make our event possible! We offer a range of benefits, including complimentary tickets, access to our VIP dinner, and recognition through our marketing channels. Our event sponsors enable us to not only raise funds for our programs but also allowing us to educate the community at large about the mental health crisis.

So join us for a night and laugh harder than you ever will!

You can either reserve your sponsorship online or you can contact our Development Department at or at (805) 963-7777×112 to learn how to pay by check, your donor-advised fund, or via credit card.

Reserve Your Sponsorship Online!

Multiple Levels to Choose From!

Thank You to Our Current Event Sponsors!

Ingenue Sponsor:

The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation
Zegar Family Fund

Understudy Sponsor:

Mary Becker
Susan Rose

Dramatist Sponsor:

Glenn and Amy Bacheller
Claude and Susan Case
Dan and Emily Engel
Mission Harbor Behavioral Health
Cottage Health
Jackie and Paul Kurta
Katherine Meier
Sybil Rosen
Maryan Schall

Cottage Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.                  Santa Barbara Venture Partners

Prompter Contributor:

Diane Pannkuk

Media Sponsor:

Remedy Marketing

In-Kind Contributors:

Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages
Easy Lift Transportation