The sparkling waters of the Channel Islands can be seen as the northern-most

edge of the South Pacific—the Santa Ynez but a chaparral-covered mountain range along the Pacific Rim. For attendees of An Evening in Bloom, the annual Girls Inc. fundraiser on the Foothill Road campus, the tropical-Pacific influence was everywhere to be found: from orchid leis, to tropical prints and a stunning array of greenery, flowers and fronds, along with John Wullbrandt’s mural of an ancient Hawaiian forest set up behind the stage.

The gala was held in honor of the late Ann Garcelon, writer and strong advocate for Girls Inc. A full meal and open bars kept the evening festive and the auction bidding was competitive, all in support of the mission at Girl’s Inc. to help Carpinteria girls be strong, smart and bold.

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