The Coalition Against Gun Violence of Santa Barbara will host its third annual garden reception in honor of Mother’s Day this Saturday.
The gathering will take place at a private Montecito home and will feature Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson as guest speaker. Other attendees include coalition co-Chairs Toni Wellen and Michael Purvis, and Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum.
Mother’s Day originated over 150 years ago when Julia Ward Howe advocated the recognition of a day of peace for mothers to be able to mourn the loss of life. The coalition said that because mothers continue to suffer due to the gun violence that kills over 10 children every day, Mother’s Day should also be a day to stand against violence.
Jackson will update the community on current legislative measures and concerns in Sacramento regarding gun control, event coordinator Ilene Pritikin said.
“The coalition has had a friendly relationship with Hannah-Beth since our founding in 1994,” Pritikin said. “She has been supportive of our efforts and she frequently attends annual events to speak words of encouragement.”
The Coalition Against Gun Violence is a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization that supports local and national legislation aimed at reducing gun violence and promoting gun violence education.
The reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at 627 Lilac Dr. in Montecito and will cost $25. For information and reservations call 564-6803.