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Celebrating 50 Years with Harrison Ford

50 Years of Service to Community

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 attended.

Group photo with Harrison Ford

 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 asked for a $5,000 donation to the agency to advance our work in the community with veterans, the homeless, and community members experiencing mental illness.

Group photo with Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford

Event Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Bruce Corwin
  • Metropolitan Theaters
  • Modern Postcard
  • Susan Rose
  • The Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara Independent
Metropolitan Theaters


  • A Busy Woman
  • 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