Posted on October 10, 2022
| 9:50 am
The Alpha Resource Center Gala will honor Bruce and Peggie Reichard at its first gala from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28 at Imagine Park on Alpha’s Cathedral Oaks campus.
The winners were the driving forces behind Alpha’s Slingshot art studio, and their generosity and vision created a studio space designed for artists with intellectual disabilities. Alpha artists are thrilled to have a new, modern venue where they can hone and showcase their talents.
The gala will also highlight the impact of Alpha’s other programs with first-hand success stories from participants and their families. There will be food, drink, entertainment and live and silent auctions.
Funds raised will support the programs and services of the Alpha Resource Center in Santa Barbara.
Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at https://alphasb.org/galaby calling 805-683-2145 or emailing [email protected]
The Reichards met 50 years ago in seventh grade and lived in the same neighborhood near Fairview Avenue in Goleta. They attended high school together and started dating in 12th grade at Dos Pueblos High School.
They worked together at Joclyn Electronics doing assembly line work. They also worked together at the Hamburger Habit when Bruce and his brother, Brent, bought the Original Habit in Old Town Goleta. In 2001, Bruce and Peggie got married and started their family.
The Reichards have a sincere feeling for the special needs community, as Peggie’s nephew, JC, 28, has a developmental disability and currently lives in one of Santa Barbara’s residential foundations and thrives in his community.
“When we started this project, one of our dreams was to have a place where JC and his friends could be part of the Santa Barbara community,” said The Reichards. “The day we learned that Slingshot would be working at our premises, we were thrilled to know that we could help Alpha Resource Center with such an important project for our community.
“Honestly, it’s been a labor of love to see this project from start to finish. It’s always been about helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.”
Sponsors: Platinum, Alaska Airlines; Gold, Montecito Bank & Trust, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, M. Timm Development, George and Shari Isaac, Lisa Couvillion; Money, MUFG Union Bank.