2nd Annual Montecito Memorial Planned for Thursday
Montecito memorial on January 14, 2018 (Original photo by Lael Wageneck / County of SB Public Works)
By edhat staff
Community groups and local agencies are coming together to host a second annual event remembering those lost in the 1/9 Montecito Debris Flow.
"Raising Our Light: A Night of Remembrance, Community, and Hope" will take place on Thursday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Westmont College's Murchison Gymnasium. The event is hosted by the Montecito Community Partnership Team which includes 22 local organizations and agencies.
“We know the anniversary is important. 1/9/18 devastated our community, and there is still a lot of pain in our hearts as we approach the end of our second year of recovery. The community response to 1/9 brought us together in new ways to help and support one another and this event is an important step in the healing process,” said Abe Powell of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade.
Last year's memorial drew over 2,200 people. This year's event will be held inside the gym and will include a short, 30-minute program with candle lighting, readings, and musical performances. A reception will be held afterward at 7 p.m. where everyone is invited to enjoy a cup of soup and gather together.
“We want everyone that wants to be part of this event to feel free to do so at whatever level is most comfortable for them,” said Suzanne Grimmecy, with the Department of Behavioral Wellness and Community Wellness Team.
The 1/9 Montecito Debris Flow took place on January 9, 2018. The Thomas Fire burned above Montecito in December 2017 leaving a large burn scar. On January 9 unusually heavy rain hit the area causing massive debris flow into the town killing 23 people, two of which were never found.
More details can be found here. Please contact the Montecito Association at (805) 969-2026 for details.
Parking for 300 cars is available as Westmont, the site of the ceremony, beginning at 5:00 PM. Overflow parking for about 200 cars is available at Cold Spring School and Montecito Covenant Church. Those departing from Santa Barbara can park at the Zoo, and ride a shuttle in.
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Shuttles from the Zoo to Westmont start running at 5:30 PM. Attendees who want to travel via MTD can hop on the shuttle at the Coast Village / Hot Springs MTD stop.
There will be 2 shuttles running from Montecito Covenant Church and Cold Spring School to Westmont.
The Program Begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow