The 16th Annual Spring Benefit BBQ - Thank YOU!

We are grateful for the support and generosity of our guests, sponsors, donors, volunteers, caterers and venue hosts that made our annual Spring Barbeque event a success! We have many delightful photos to share. They are in chronological order, and you can click on the photo to enlarge the image. Thanks to George Rose for the wonderful photos! If you have any comments, please email

Click on the image above to view the event program PDF.

Click on the image above to view the event program PDF.

This year the benefit was located at the historic Firestone Vineyard, now owned by the Foley-owned family of vineyards. In the 1970s, the son of tire-magnate Harvey Firestone established a ranch here in Los Olivos. Leonard Firestone realized the potential of the land to grow grapes and later with his son Brooks and his wife Kate, they joined forces to establish the area’s first estate winery. In 2007, William P. Foley purchased the estate to add to his growing portfolio of specialty wineries up and down the Central Coast.

The benefit included a delicious buffet catered by Feast and Fest and supplemented by the wonderful wines of Firestone and beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Peter Schuyler with the Bud Bottoms whale tail award.

Peter Schuyler with the Bud Bottoms whale tail award.

We were honored to give our Wilderness Spirit Award to the very deserving Jean Schuyler that was accepted by her son, Peter. We were very sad to share the news that our Wilderness Spirit Award recipient, Jean Schuyler, passed away a before the event. We honored and remembered her at our event and had a guest book available for anyone who wanted to share a thought or memory with the family.  Jean left our community with an incredible legacy of philanthropic support for many nonprofit organizations, including our own, and was a beloved and supportive family member and friend to so many.  More information about her life and legacy can be found here: She truly has a heart that embraces wilderness preservation and education and has made a lasting difference in our community.

Proceeds from the Barbeque help to ensure the Wildling’s continued ability to provide quality art exhibitions and programs that connect our visitors and community to the importance and wonder of nature, both locally and far afield. Thank you to our sponsors, guests, and volunteers.

Event Sponsors

Judy & Jack Stapelmann, Gold Sponsor. Northern Trust, George & Denise Rose, Silver Sponsors. Table Sponsors: Kate & Dick Godfrey, Kevin & Terrie Patterson, Gail & Jan Persoon, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, Jean Schuyler.

In-Kind Donors

Allan Hancock College, Ballard Inn Lodging, Bonnie & Val Bisoglio, Carole Ann Bottoms, Celebration Cruises, Charlie Stauffer, Chris Chapman, Dick & Kate Godfrey, Feast & Fest, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Firestone Vineyard, Gail & Jan Persoon, George & Denise Rose, Global Gardens, Good Eye Films, Halper Fine Art, James Balsitis & Kathleen Kalp, Jim Farnum, Judy Stapelmann, Katie Pearson, Kent Vining & Julie Mock, Kevin & Terrie Patterson, Kristine Power, Lida Grant, Patti Jacquemain & David Gledhill, Puck Erickson & Jim Lohnas, Renee Kelleher, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Stacey Otte-Demangate & Eric Demangate, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Susan Belloni, Susan Del Real, Sustainable Vine Wine Tours, The Landsby, The Olive Press, Westerlay, Zaca Mesa Winery.

BBQ Volunteers

Kathy Badrak, Beverly Benningfield, Bonnie Bisoglio, Eric Demangate, Lida Grant, Ally Burns, Susan Del Real, Susie Harrison, Karen Hill, Tim Hunter, Vera Margolis, Karen Osland, Susie Margolis Pierson, Kay Turbak, Barbara Weaver. Thank you Montecito Bank & Trust volunteers.