Toni Wellen

Toni Wellen has championed gun buyback programs for 24 years.

The Coalition Against Gun Violence will pay tribute to its co-founder and chair of a quarter century, Toni Wellen, at its 2019 Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser on Sept. 29. Wellen will be honored for her many years dedicated to helping make Santa Barbara County a safer place to live, and for her tireless effort in organizing with countless gun violence prevention organizations across the country to raise awareness of gun violence as a health and safety issue. Wellen has amplified CAGV’s role as the only active gun violence prevention organization on the central coast for the past 24 years.

California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson will be CAGV’s MC for the event with keynote speakers, Dr. Robert Kanard, Dr. Sara Nimmons and Dr. Jason Prystowsky of Cottage Hospital First Responders of Gunshot Victims. Additional speakers include First District Supervisor Das Williams (who co-authored AB 1014 California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order), former Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Congressman Salud Carbajal (who introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act in Congress, May 23, 2017, on the third anniversary of the Isla Vista tragedy) and Assemblymember Monique Limón.

Performing at the event during the silent auction will be the San Marcos 18-piece High School Jazz Band, led by music director Michael Kiyoi.

To purchase a congratulatory program ad for Wellen, event tickets or to make a donation to the 2020 Gun Buyback, visit The CAGV Anniversary Celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala St.

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