Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story
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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 18:00

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation presents An Empowering Evening at the Drive-In on October 8, 2020 for a special screening of the inspiring film “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story.”

The event will be at West Wind Drive-in Theater in Goleta.  Included will be a never-before-seen discussion with Eduardo Garcia following the film.

An avid outdoorsman with an unmatched zest for life, Chef Eduardo Garcia is a testament to the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. He suffered a massive electric shock while out hunting, and his injuries included the amputation of his left hand. Eduardo’s rehabilitation journey is truly inspiring.

A classically trained chef who found his passion for cooking at an early age, Eduardo cut his teeth in the industry at just 15 years old--hustling over hot pans, flipping burgers and throwing pizzas.  After working in the fast-paced kitchens of Seattle and attending culinary school, he took his love for cooking to the high seas, working as a private chef on luxury yachts and more importantly, on the hunt for exceptional food experiences that can only be found by traveling the world.

It was during this pivotal time that Eduardo started inviting others to join him in the kitchen to collaborate and discover the joy of creating memorable food and experiences. The watershed moment gave birth to Eduardo’s personal mantra: A meal is more than just what we eat. It’s an integral part of what builds culture and brings people together.

Inspired by these experiences, Eduardo returned to Montana and founded Montana Mex, creating delicious, clean label, “happy food” driven by his culinary journey and designed to help people eat well. 

Eduardo’s path, however, took a drastic turn in 2011 while elk hunting in the Montana backcountry.  He discovered a bear carcass and received a catastrophic electrical shock from a 2400-volt power line hidden beneath the animal, knocking him unconscious and changing his life forever. Severely burned and badly injured, Eduardo walked three miles to the nearest road and found himself in a true fight for his life. 

Months of intensive care and rehabilitation, the amputation of half of his left arm, removal of several ribs and even a cancer diagnosis could not keep Eduardo down.  Nowadays, Eduardo can be found living his best life outdoors. Through hunting, fishing, cooking, and delivering motivational speeches around the country, Eduardo is a shining example of what can be accomplished with a refuse-to-quit attitude and uncompromised determination.

Don’t miss An Empowering Evening at the Drive-in to see “Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story” on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at West Wind Drive-in Theater in Goleta. Gates open at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $75 for general admission and $300 for VIP ticket. Each ticket admits one car with up to four people and includes an hors d’oeuvres box with dessert for two. Additional hors d’oeuvres boxes may be purchased at check-out. VIP ticket holders receive preferred parking, a premium VIP hors d’oeuvres box and dessert for two.

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