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A MESSAGE FROM TONI WELLEN, CAGV CHAIR
Greetings to CAGV Supporters:
Now is the time to RSVP and join CAGV on Sunday, April 29th for our 23rd Anniversary Celebration. This is the year of youth empowerment across the country. Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School through their loss and grief have shown our nation a new path to gun violence prevention. San Marcos High School student Isabel “Izzy” Huerta who spoke at the March 24th #MarchForOurLives SB, will be one of our guest speakers along with several well-known elected officials. Also joining us will be Gloria Heck, whose son Cisco attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Fund for Santa Barbara and other longtime CAGV Supporters have donated scholarship funds for students to attend this event. In Honoring the youth of today, CAGV has organized a student art show by La Cumbre Junior High ASES After-School Program. Music will be provided by the talented San Marcos High School Jazz Band, who recently won 1st place at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival.
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CONTACT: Toni Wellen (805) 684.8434
CAGV 23rd ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISER/CELEBRATION
This Year’s Theme: #HonorWithAction
#SpeakForSafety by Understanding Mental Illness
We are honored to present Keynote Speaker
Amy Barnhorst, MD
Psychiatrist, UC Davis Faculty
A nationally sought-after speaker, Dr. Barnhorst will address public mental health systems, a national task force on the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), firearms law, suicide prevention and mental illness. She is a member of the UC Davis faculty and Medical Director of a crisis unit and a 50-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital for Sacramento County. There she provides emergency and acute psychiatric care for a largely homeless and indigent population with serious mental illness. She is a member of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy and the California Medical Society Firearm Violence Prevention Committee. Dr. Barnhorst has written multiple papers on firearms, mental illness an the law, and has testified before the California and Alaska Senate on these issues.
WHEN: Sunday, APRIL 29, 2018 • 2:30 to 5:30pm
WHERE: Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala St.
VISIT: www.sbcoalition.org TO PURCHASE TICKETS/DONATE
PRESS CONFERENCE: 3pm, Courtyard of the Santa Barbara Club
Additional speakers will include elected officials California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who will speak briefly about current gun violence prevention legislation; Congressman Salud Carbajal who introduced H.R. 2598 GVRO Act in Congress, May 23, 2017, on the 3rd anniversary of the Isla Vista tragedy; and 1st District Supervisor, Das Williams, who co-authored AB 1014 California’s GVRO. Both Carbajal and Williams will address GVRO legislation and its role in keeping our families and communities safer. CAGV is also pleased to have Isabel “Izzy” Huerta, San Marcos Student Activist speak representing the emerging young activists.
CAGV is encouraging the youth of our community to join with other young people nationwide to become active in gun violence prevention. Thanks to a grant from The Fund for Santa Barbara and other CAGV longtime supporters, we will be offering student scholarships for this event.
CAGV will honor the youth in our community for answering a call to action by featuring student art work inspired by their local participation in the national #MarchForOurLives on March 24th. Also featured will be some Sea Glass and Eco-Object d’Art. Supporters are encouraged to make donations to support the work of CAGV. The event’s special guest performers will be the San Marcos 18-piece High School Jazz Band, led by their Music Director, Michael Kiyoi.
CAGV will conclude the event with its traditional Bell Ceremony, remembering those who have lost loved ones to gun violence beginning with the Goleta Post Office, Isla Vista, Dr. Han and family, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, all American Veterans, and the 33,000 people slain by guns each year in the U.S.