The Gratitude Luncheon

A benefit for the Fighting Back Mentor Program

February 11, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Coral Casino


with The Alan Parsons
Live Project


The Amethyst Ball

April 30, 2016

Bacara Resort & Spa



Announcing Summit for Danny Norway!

Aug. 28 – Sept. 7, 2016



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The 5th Annual Gratitude Luncheon 

February 11, 2016 • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Santa Barbara Biltmore Coral Casino


Gratitude LuncheonSave the date for the 5th Annual Gratitude Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the Coral Casino. This year's luncheon will be led by Founder and Honorary Chair Anne Smith Towbes, along with Co-Chairs Marybeth Carty and Undersheriff of Santa Barbara County, Barney Melekian.


The event will feature keynote speaker, Jamie DeVries. Named the Santa Barbara County Distinguished Educator of 2010, DeVries is an economics teacher at San Marcus High School, where he co-leads the popular Kids Helping Kids class. Established as a student-run nonprofit, the class is responsible for an annual event which last year raised nearly $250,000 for children in need in our community.   


We are also excited to honor District Attorney Joyce Dudley and her husband John as Fighting Back’s only married-couple mentors. The Dudleys will be receiving the annual Penny Jenkins Mentor Champion Award. John is currently mentoring two young boys and Joyce is mentor to a 4th grader, Rosie. 


All proceeds from this event will go directly to maintaining and strengthening the Mentor Program. We hope you will join us for the luncheon, and consider supporting this valuable program by becoming a Gratitude Luncheon sponsor, because when our youth are strong, our community is strong.





Save the Date for the 2016 Amethyst Ball
with The Alan Parsons Live Project


Saturday, April 30, 2016  •  Bacara Resort and Spa

A Special Invitation from Alan Parsons...


The 2016 Amethyst Ball will be a memorable evening of Cosmic Rock with music by the The Alan Parsons Live Project! This will be an Amethyst Ball like no other, and we are excited to share the magic of this event with you. Don a tuxedo or your most creative rock n' roll attire, for this rock meets black-tie event! Enjoy a "Backstage at the Bacara" VIP reception, with your chance to meet Alan and the band as you peruse our beautifully merchandised silent auction. Once inside the stunningly designed Ballroom, join us for an exquisite dinner and a brief live auction and program, followed by a phenomenal performance by the Alan Parsons Live Project. With hits like "Eye in the Sky", "Don't Answer Me", "I Robot" and many more, we guarantee you will not be able to stay in your seat for this amazing show. We encourage you to buy tables and sponsorships early, as this event will sell out.

To become an event sponsor or purchase tickets, please click here.

If you have any questions or would like more information on sponsorship benefits, please contact our events department at (805) 722-1306 or


A Dedication Ceremony for the Berti Family Building Celebrates a Permanent Home for the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center

On Friday, November 6, a dedication ceremony was held for the Berti Family Building, to celebrate a generous gift from Richard and Marguerite Berti that paid off the mortgage on the building at 1111 Garden Street, providing a permanent home for the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center.


Berti Family Building Dedication Ceremony

Bob and Patty Bryant, Marguerite and Richard Berti, and CADA's CEO, Ed Stonefelt at the dedication ceremony.


The celebration was attended by local dignitaries as well as the many individuals who have gone on international fundraising climbs over the past fifteen years to raise money for the building and the programs of the Center. The journey began when Bob and Patty Bryant hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2000 to begin fundraising for the Center, which led to a series of local and international "Summit for Danny" climbs since.


The treatment center began as a dedication to the Bryants' son, Daniel, who died in 1995 of a drug overdose at the age of 36. The Bertis have been long-time family friends of the Bryants and knew their son Danny. Their gift was an affirmation of their belief that helping young people "break the cycle" of their unhealthy habits with drugs and alcohol is vital to bettering the future of the community.


The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is very grateful to the Berti Family for their generous gift. With the mortgage on the building paid off, all of the funds raised for the Center can now go directly into services to young people and their families, which include our Teen Court diversion programs, substance abuse treatment programs, and Parent Program.


>Read the Santa Barbara News-Press article on the dedication ceremony



Learn More About Our Youth Service System in Santa Barbara Schools

At last year's Amethyst Ball, guests were moved by these heart-felt interviews with our Youth Service Specialists who work with students in local junior high and high schools to support them in dealing with a variety of mental health, behavioral, school, family, and substance abuse problems. >READ MORE




Fighting Back Against
Alcohol & Drug Abuse


Santa Barbara Fighting Back


CADA is the administrative agency for Santa Barbara Fighting Back, a community collaborative that works together to plan and implement community-wide initiatives to address the problems caused by substance abuse.




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In this Issue:


  • President's Message 
  • CADA's School-Based
  • Daniel Bryant Youth
    & Family Center 
  • Project Recovery
    Adult Treatment Programs
  • Adult Counseling
    and Education Programs 
  • Financial Statement
  • The CADA Family of Support



Fighting Back
Mentor Program
Online Resource Center

Online Mentor Resource Center

The Fighting Back Mentor Program has launched an online resource center: This website offers mentors and others interested in the program with detailed information about how to become a mentor, or how to get involved in the program in other ways, like volunteering, donating, or helping to recruit mentors. Primarily, the purpose of the site is to provide resources for mentors on activities they can do with their mentee, community events, and in-depth articles on a variety of youth development topics and issues facing children and teens today. Topics cover every area of life — school, personal life, social life, health, substance abuse prevention, gang prevention, and more. It's also a great resource for parents! We hope you will visit the site, make use of the resources you'll find there and give us your feedback.


The Mentor Resource Center was made possible by a grant from The Towbes Foundation.



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