We are so excited to share our plans for the annual Gratitude Luncheon celebrating CADA's Mentor Program. To keep everyone safe and healthy, this year's event will be virtual (and calorie free), and promises to be fun and inspirational!
Despite these unprecedented times, the Mentor Program continues to find innovative ways to thrive. But the need is rapidly growing, as more at-risk local youth struggle with social isolation, distance learning, and families facing new job and food challenges. Now more than any other time in its 17-year history, the Mentor Program needs your support.
Please help us make this year's event the most successful ever on behalf of the young people whose bright futures depend on this life changing experience.
"I learned long ago that we cannot truly succeed without mentors in our lives. I am so impressed with the positive change brought about by CADA's Mentor Program and honored to be this year's featured speaker."
Rona Barrett is a pioneering entertainment reporter, commentator and producer with a career spanning over 35 years. She began her groundbreaking work at age 13, and early efforts included helping launch the careers of Eddie Fisher and Steve Lawrence. In 1957, she was the youngest columnist to report on Hollywood, and her role in inaugurating Good Morning America blazed the trail for innovative entertainment reporting and for women in the media industry. Rona has published six top-rated magazines, paving the way for Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey enterprises. She is Founder & CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation, catalyst behind the Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez, an affordable housing and wellness services campus for low-income seniors. Her bi-weekly column and recent book, Gray Matters, highlight the day-to-day issues confronting seniors and the loved ones who care for them.
With a self-proclaimed "attitude of gratitude" for his own good life, our 2021 mentor of the year is deeply passionate about helping kids validate who they are and discover what they can achieve. Today, he is exceptionally proud of Manny, his mentee of five years, for his growing self-awareness, confidence, and positive energy directed towards reaching new goals. "What's in it for me? The big smile on his face and sparkle in his eyes when I pull up each week. That's what this is all about."
"Of the many wonderful community efforts I'm involved with, CADA's Mentor Program is one of the most dear to me."
Anne Smith Towbes
Founder & Event Chair