Edhat Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Wine & Puppies
Scroll through the above photos by Edward Clynes
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara community was invited to a free happy hour celebration at Carr Winery to celebrate edhat's 15th birthday.
Edhat readers stepped out from behind the computer screen on April 24 and came together, not to debate ADU's or bicycle lanes, but to chat about all things Santa Barbara and pet the most adorable puppies.
Edhat partnered with Spark Rescue, a local nonprofit that rescues animals from kill shelters and places them in loving families. They are a 100% volunteer and foster-based rescue, meaning they do not have a physical shelter so all of these volunteers open up their homes to save animals. They brought 8 puppies, actual sleepy and hyper puppies, who played with one another and enjoyed cuddles and pets from edhat guests. How can you have a bad day with puppies around? Trick question, you cannot. There was a massive amount of love and snuggles as everyone received free therapy in the form of four-legged friends.
Amazing local businesses and friends of Edhat donated some fantastic raffle prizes to benefit Spark Rescue. Guests had the option to purchase as many tickets as their arm lengths will allow for a set price. This lead to a lot of people introducing themselves to Santa Barbara City Councilmember Eric Friedman to borrow his wingspan.
Talented local musician Conner Cherland delighted crowds with his original songs and soulful melodies. He's now doing private concerts and parties, you should all check him out.
Edhat was even honored by Gina Fischer from Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joan Hartmann's office with a Certificate of Recognition for bringing Santa Barbara together for the past 15 years.
Every year we honor the winners of our annual March Edness photo hunt competition with a trophy and prize bag from local businesses. This year Britt won 1st Place, Penelope805 won 2nd place, and Rone with 3rd place. While Rone was only one able to make it to the party, they were honored ceremoniously.
Spark Rescue told us they were able to adopt out several of their puppies and brought on new foster parents thanks to our party. Edhat reader Scott shared a photo with their new family member saying, "Thank you Edhat for connecting us with Indi! She’s such a sweet puppy and my kids love her and so do I! Here’s a picture and she’s very happy."
For anyone who is interested in adopting or fostering puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats, contact Spark Rescue here.
Thank you everyone for celebrating with us. Edhat was founded in Nov 2003 by the late Peter Sklar as a community resource for neighbors to engage with one another. We continue to do that today by giving locals a voice. And it couldn’t be possible without all of your support, so thank you.
If you like being in the know on all things Santa Barbara, please support us so we can continue bringing the community together. You can upgrade your subscription and/or donate to us. We'll give you a high-five!
A very special thank you to Carr Winery for allowing us to take over their barrel room and patio while serving their delicous wine. Santa Barbara Catering Company provided a bountiful spread from artisanal cheeses to mini quiches and birthday cupcakes. Mesa Salsa Company cornered the market on fresh tomato goodness. The edhat staff also baked over 200 chocolate chip cookies as a tribute to edhat's founder. We're happy to say not even a crumb was left. Flower Folk created custom bouquets and arrangements just for our special day and they were stunning. Local photographer with an insane amount of talent, Edward Clynes, captured this fun-filled party in stunning images.
Big thank you to Lama Dog, M.Special, Spa Escape, Santa Barbara Zoo, Windrun Wine, Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara Bowl & Goldenvoice, SOhO, Creekside, 92.9 KJEE, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for the great raffle gifts.
Thank you for all of your support and here's to another 15 years!
Check out all the photos here.