As we all know, there were many other local events happening during Casino Night; we had a lot of competition. Attendance was down and so was the revenue. Unfortunately, this will affect what we can participate in next year, and how much money we can give out in scholarships, school garden grants, and other donations. The silver lining is that everyone who did attend had great things to say about the entertainment, and the overall event. This year serves as a reminder that we need to be prepared for the less-than-stellar fundraising years. It has also challenged us to look at implementing some changes we’ve been considering to improve our strategy. It also served as a great example of how much we can do when everyone pitches in…so thank you to everyone who helped make this a great event!! We also want to thank all of our generous sponsors, donors, and attendees for all of your continued support and contributions. In addition, we’d like to send a very special thank you to congressional candidate Justin Fareed and 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann for showing up and supporting our fundraiser and our purpose: to promote California agriculture.
Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors!
High Rollers: Darensberries, Farm Credit West, Glenn Burdette, Innovative Produce, Mega 97.1, Poor Richard’s Press, and Rancho Harvest
Full House: Babe Farms, Coast Hills Credit Union, Community Health Centers, Main Street Produce, Noble Productions, OSR Enterprises, Primus Labs, Rancho Guadalupe, Reiter Berry Farm, Seaside Packaging
Wild Card: Andre, Morris & Buttery, Apio, Inc., Aquatrex, Beachside Produce, Bejo Seeds, Byrd Harvest, Cal-Coast Machinery, Community Bank of Santa Maria, Daou Vineyards, Fisher Pump & Well Service, Grower-Shipper Association, Home Motors, Honda of Santa Maria, JB Dewar, Phillips 66, Plantel Nurseries, Quality Packaging, San Lucas AG Services, Stowasser Buick GMC, Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, YCE Inc. Civil Engineering
And shout out to our wonderful entertainment Alice Wallace and photographer Michael Demele!