These powerful natural disasters wreaked havoc in the Santa Barbara and Montecito communities. The mudslides also took at least twenty-one lives. Even in the face of such tremendous adversity, however, our Santa Barbara and Montecito community stands strong and united.
Teens Sing For Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Unity Shoppe, is a benefit concert raising money to benefit the Santa Barbara and Montecito disaster survivors. The show, to be held at the Marjorie Luke Theatre on March 9 at 7PM, consists of musical performances by talented local youths with special guest appearances by Kenny Loggins and friends.
Read the letter Kiara (co-producer of the show) wrote to garner support for Teens Sing For Santa Barbara below.
On January 9th, tragedy struck Montecito shortly after the terrible Thomas Fire.
My name is Kiara Lin. I wanted to do something for the people affected by the devastating mudslides.
You probably saw on national news the amazing, six-hour rescue of my friend Lauren Cantin from the mud and debris. Lauren's house was destroyed, her father was killed, her mom was injured, and her brother Jack is still missing. Her dog Chester also died.
I felt compelled to do something so I begged to join the search party but was told there was nothing I could do. Visiting Lauren and her mother in the hospital and knowing that we’ve lost so many people, that houses and families have been torn apart … I couldn’t stand to see my community as it was. So on January 10th I decided to organize a benefit show/concert.
I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I needed help. First, I knew I was going to need my best friend, Tali Ratcliffe. I set up an Instagram account looking for some help, and a fellow actor and friend Jackson Gillies, a man of many musical talents and connections offered his help. We began working at once. We realized this show was a way of representing the younger population who also felt compelled to help but had no way of doing so. We contacted Kenny Loggins, who showed a keen interest and decided to be a part of the production. Now the whole community of Santa Barbara is coming together in order to help their neighbors, and we’d like your helping hand as well.
Our amazing, brave friend Lauren Cantin will be one of the youths performing on March 9th at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.
When they tell us “you can’t” or “there’s nothing you can do, you’re too young,” I say, with my friends by my side, anything is possible, and heck yes we can.
Thank you for helping Teens Sing for Santa Barbara.