Staff Report

The Rona Barrett Foundation will host Big Band Ball II, its second annual gala, on Saturday, Oct. 6, to help provide affordable housing and wellness services for local seniors.

The highlight of the evening will be dancing and music provided by the legendary Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

The event will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church’s Family Center at 1825 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., more than 300 people will enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner, live auction and music.

The evening also will honor Susan Weber with the foundation’s first Giving Heart Award.

“Susan is the ideal choice for our nonprofit’s inaugural award,” Barrett said. “We are thrilled to salute her longtime support of various community and civic endeavors, including her 18 years of service as a director of the Rona Barrett Foundation. She has always stewarded our organization’s mission of being an advocate for seniors.”

The nonprofit’s main focus has been the development of the Golden Inn & Village, the affordable Santa Barbara County senior housing complex that the foundation envisioned nearly two decades ago. Golden Inn & Village opened in December 2016.

Through the foundation’s efforts, residents also have access to a host of wellness services and activities, including a meal and nutrition program, at no cost.

The Big Band Ball II will raise funds not only for the established programs at the Golden Inn & Village but also for the development of Phase 2 of the complex, a home for people needing memory care and assisted-care services.

To buy tickets for the Big Band Ball II, visit or call the foundation office at 805-688-8887.