Three Santa Barbara County organizations are hosting a benefit concert on Saturday for the families of the seven people killed in a shooting at the Goleta Postal Processing Center in January.
The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Santa Barbara Junior High School’s Marjorie Luke Theatre. The concert is being coordinated and funded by South Coast Community Federal Credit Union’s Goleta branch supervisor Deborah Barajas, Roadshow Media owner Dana Morrow and Aria Global CEO Brandi Bennitt. Bennitt said the show will feature Crosby Loggins – son of performer Kenny Loggins – and his band, the Leadbirds. Other performers on the lineup are local artist Jade Redd and the Lonely Forest, a Seattle-based band.
Tickets are available in advance at the Lobero Theatre and at the door of the event, Barajas said, and attendees are asked to give a donation of at least $25. Preferred seating at the concert and admittance to a party at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort after the event are available for $50. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be split equally between the families of 54-year-old Beverly Graham, 44-year-old Charlotte Colton, 37-year-old Ze Fairchild, 58-year-old Dexter Shannon, 42-year-old Nicola Grant, 52-year-old Guadalupe Schwartz and 28-year-old Maleka Higgins.
The Lonely Forest is also giving all proceeds from purchased internet downloads of their single “Now On To Other News” to the victims’ families.
U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Richard Maher said the Postal Service is not directly involved in organizing the event, but many representatives are attending. He said the event means a great deal to the postal workers, especially those who knew the victims of the shooting.
“We really appreciate the community standing behind the families of our coworkers who were killed in this tragedy,” Maher said. “The communities of Goleta and Santa Barbara are really pulling together.”
Barajas said she thinks local residents should attend the event because the families of the men and women who died during the postal center shooting need the assistance and support.
“We would really appreciate any support from the community and the university, so we can show the families of the victims how much we support them,” Barajas said. “Our hearts go out to all of the families.”
Barajas said she decided to help coordinate the benefit because three of the victims were members of the South Coast Community Federal Credit Union in Goleta and she wanted to do something to help their families.
“I originally thought it would be a concert in the park with local bands, but then I met Crosby Loggins at his father’s concert, and it became something bigger,” she said.
Bennitt said she is optimistic about the show’s turnout, but she does hope ticket sales pick up soon.
“We really hope the community will come,” Bennitt said. “People seem to be supporting it, but the ticket sales have been slow.”
More information about the concert and the artists is available at ariaglobal.org.
Following the January shooting, numerous benefit accounts were opened for the victims’ families, Barajas said. She said the South Coast Community Federal Credit Union benefit account, which is separate from the money being raised at the concert, has already accumulated $23,000 – half of which was raised by the Postal Service. The money from the credit union’s account will be split evenly between the families of the six Postal Service victims, Barajas said, because Beverly Graham was a former neighbor of the shooter and not a Postal Service employee.