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Safety Harbor Kids gathers for concert, poker party

Safety Harbor Kids Board Members Fred Tackett (left) and Paul Barrere, of Little Feat, perform May 19 at the nonprofit’s concert and poker party fundraiser. Photos Submitted
(Left to right) Safety Harbor Kids Board Member Fred Tackett, Topa Mountain Winery owner Larry Gurero, Safety Harbor Kids Board Member Paul Barrere and Safety Harbor Kids Founding President Petrie Alexandra Williams gather for a photo at the fundraiser last month.
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8:25 am PDT June 7, 2017

Topa Mountain Winery hosted a concert and poker party fundraiser for nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids on May 19.  

The event was the charity’s 10th Anniversary and featured music by Paul Barrerre and Fred Tackett, the legendary guitars of the rock band Little Feat.

Kicking off the event was vocal sensation Kirsten Collins with a beautiful performance of “Amazing Grace,” followed by the cool sounds of the Dan Grimm Band. The more than 350 guests enjoyed music throughout the day, while sipping wine and enjoying the spectacular view from the well manicured grounds of the Topa Mountain Winery, owned and operated by proprietor, Larry Gurero. Between music sets, the crowd was entertained by the Hamsa Bollywood Dancers.   

With security provided by Garnet Security, the VIP guests were treated to food by AJ’s Chinese Express (delivered by Ojai Food Taxi) and complimentary beverages including Topa Mountain Wines, Hint Water and Lori’s Lemonade. Additional refreshments for the event were provided by Charles and Company Tea and Longshot Expresso Bar. 

Guests also enjoyed test drives by Tesla of Santa Barbara of their Model S P100D and their new Model X 90D, the electric SUV as well as a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament sponsored by Aces and Eights. The poker tournament was won by Andrew MacCalla of Santa Barbara. Prizes included a Tesla for the weekend, a round of golf at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. 

As the evening progressed, headliners Paul and Fred were joined by Little Feat bassist, Kenny Gradney, Grammy winning drummer, Tony Braunegal and guitar slayer, Coco Montoya, for their final set. Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat tour the world performing their longtime popular songs including Little Feat favorite, “Dixie Chicken” and others. Fred Tackett has played on many rock classics with artists including Jackson Browne, who sits on the Safety Harbor Kids board. 

Other businesses supporting the event included Ojai Community Bank, SoCal Life magazine, Rainbow Bridge, Bamboo Creek Spa, Deer Lodge, Ojai Business Center and Osteria Monte Grappa. 

Safety Harbor Kids is a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts. The charity has been serving teen foster children in Ojai, Ventura and the greater Los Angeles area since 2007. Visit www.safetyharborkids.org for more information.