In a press release, Westerlay Orchids announced that it had raised $18,353.53 raised during its week-long Carp-a-Cabana fundraiser. The second-generation, family-owned business pledged a full 100% of retail shop proceeds to help support local non-profit the Carpinteria Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF).
"Along with a deep commitment to environmental sustainability, we pride ourselves on impactful community outreach,” says Westerlay president Toine Overgaag, “We would not be where we are today without a strong local network behind us. This community’s success is our success - we both grow and thrive when we work together - and CEF is doing a great deal to ensure that Santa Barbara’s next generation gets the support and resources they need to make an impact.”
During the Carp-a-Cabana fundraiser from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, Westerlay Orchids raised $18,000 toward the advancement and growth of CEF. For more than 25 years, the locally-based organization has remained dedicated to the academic success of Carpinteria and Summerland students. The non-profit partners with local schools to provide scholarship opportunities and other essential resources to the city’s youth. CEF also helps shape Santa Barbara’s future by offering students skill-building in such areas as science and technology, language arts, humanities, culinary arts and agriculture.