Green Drinks Earth Day Benefit – A Recap!

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Team LoaTree takes a break to get outrageous!

LoaTree’s 4th Annual Green Drinks event was nothing short of sweet success, with great people, rockin’ music and delicious food and drinks…all to benefit the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival! The evening was filled with community members exploring their artistic talents with Whitney Castro’s Live Community Painting, getting funky with Outrageous Photobooth and engaging in friendly discussion.

The moments were captured by photographer Lea Anna Drown of observantimages.com. Her event photos can be found on the LoaTree Facebook page here!

As guests arrived, they were greeted by the music of Adam Phillips and Ray Pannell who rocked out on stage, keeping the party alive with a mixture of classic oldies and upbeat folk. Fortunately, gusty winds and chilly temperatures were not strong enough to stop the crowd from flowing into the event.

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Adam Phillips and Ray Pannell performing on the Green Drinks stage.

Aside from the music and activities attracting guests, there were some awesome prizes being raffled off, including an Arbor skateboard, free yoga sessions from Divinitree, and Jack Johnson tickets!

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LoaTree Production Manager Riley Hubbell (R) and intern Meagan Hanna raffle off prizes.

A huge thank you to our raffle sponsors – Arbor Santa Barbara, Klean Kanteen, Simply Straws, Harvest Santa Barbara, Divinitree Yoga and Santa Barbara Gift Baskets. Big congratulations to those guests who scored one of these stellar raffle prizes! Your support in the raffle contributed hugely to Earth Day proceeds!

As the sun began to set and a double rainbow painted the Santa Barbara sky, the party continued to liven up! For refreshments, Alma Rosa poured their delicious organic wine while Ninkasi Brewing Company  beer flowed off tap. For those looking for something a little greener (literally and figuratively!), JuiceWell came prepared with various freshly pressed juices to refresh the body and mind.

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Meghan pours Alma Rosa wine to Brooke and Jasper of Harvest Santa Barbara.

For the hungry, a multitude of organic wraps, tacos and other hors d’oeuvres were provided by the Isla Vista Food Coop, soon to be featured in an upcoming LoaTree blogpost.

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Shelby Simm, Santa Barbara City Councilmember Gregg Hart, Natalie Wagner and Warren Butler (L to R) looking good at Green Drinks.

A huge thank you again to all who joined Santa Barbara Green Drinks and LoaTree for this event to benefit the Community Environmental Council‘s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. We look forward to continuing our work with CEC and the Earth Day Team to promote a successful event that brings the community together in bettering our environment. Don’t forget to stop by the Earth Day Festival, April 26 & 27 at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara. We cannot wait to see all your smiling faces there!

For more information on Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, including volunteer opportunities, becoming a sponsor, participating as an exhibitor and much more, click here!

By Meagan Hanna, LoaTree Writing Intern.

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