The Fund for Santa Barbara

Bread and Roses Event

Our 23rd Annual "Bread & Roses" community dinner and auction will take place on Saturday, October 8th
at QAD Headquarters from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For individual sponsorship opportunities please click here.

For more information on corporate sponsorshp opportunities please click here and contact Marcos Vargas:

For information on In-Kind Donations, please click here and contact Stanley Tzankov:



2015's featured restaurants, caterers, wineries & breweries are:

Alma Rosa Winery

Caffe Primo
China Pavilion

Del Pueblo Cafe

Fire & Ice
Flying Goat Cellars
French Press
Goodland Market & Kitchen

Island Brewing Company
Lucas & Lewellyn

Max's Restaurant
Montemar Winery
Nimita's Cuisine


The Secret Ingredient
Telegraph Brewing Company
Via Maestra 42
Donna & Patrick Will


And a BIG thank you to 2015's business & corporate sponsors:





Classic Party Rentals
Fielding Graduate University
Heritage Oaks Bank

Mullen & Henzel
SAGE Publications
SBCC Foundation
SEIU, Local 620
Silsbury Wealth Advisors
Walden Asset Management

Antioch University Santa Barbara
Casa Magazine
Community Health Centers of the Central Coast
Easy Lift Transportation
GreenProject Consultants
Impulse Advanced Communications
Jenny VanSeters Graphic Design
Pacific Western Bank
Saji Gunawardane - Santa Barbara Law Group
SEIU, Local 721
The Towbes Group
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 770
United Domestic Workers of America AFSCME Local #3930
Gary Atkins Sound Systems

And finally, thank you to our 2015 volunteer leaders!

Event Co-Chairs: Margaret Lazarus & Tania Israel
Auction Chair: Denise Eschardies
Auction Committee: Jill Johnson, Kathleen & Don Scott, Lee Moldaver, Carla Rosin, Jane Brody, Judith Bennett and Stephen Schweitzer
Auctioneer: Geoff Green



The idea of “Bread and Roses” is part of a historical tradition that began with the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers’ strike of 1912. Since that time, "Bread and Roses" has served as a slogan for many progressive struggles in the United States. For the most part, "Bread" has represented a living wage and "Roses" has referred to workers' desire for dignity and respect.

On January 12, 1912 nearly 25,000 textile workers - mostly immigrant women - left the mills and poured into the streets of Lawrence, Massachusetts. After three months, the strike ended in a victory - with wage increases in mill towns throughout New England. The strike changed the face of both the labor and feminist movements. It was the first major labor action in U.S. history that was led by women, and for the first time there was a conscious effort to unite workers of all nationalities. Every union meeting was translated into 25 different languages.

It is in this spirit of collective action and coalition-building that the Fund for Santa Barbara continues to support grassroots activists and community organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change.