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Sunset Soiree 2018

Sunset Soiree 2015

On Saturday, June 9, from 4:00 to 7:30 pm, Hillside House will host our 12th annual benefit event in the gardens of El Mirador Estate in Montecito, our Sunset Soirée. 

This year's Sunset Soirée features El Mirador Wine Challenge with renowned wine expert John Tilson. 

In 1976, the Judgment of Paris wine competition shocked the world when California wines took first place, winning over the top French wineries. Acclaimed wine connoisseur John Tilson creates our own competition, with California wines and French wines vying for your discriminating opinion. Come discover these exquisite wines and cast your vote at our Soirée. 

Open to all, this Sunset Soirée and Wine Challenge includes delectable hors d’oeuvres, a four course dinner, live music and a raffle with wonderful prizes. 
To order your tickets now, click here! 

To view a slideshow of our 2014 Soiree, click here.

All proceeds support the day-to-day operations of Hillside House, a home and therapeutic learning community for 59 people with developmental disabilities. Your generosity in joining us for the Sunset Soirée helps to foster meaningful, healthy lives for our residents, who need our community's support to thrive. 

El Mirador Gardens

Come spend a delightful early summer evening in the magical, famed gardens of El Mirador Estate in Montecito—made possible through the generosity of owner Tita Lanning—and help foster the dreams and abilities of 59 exceptional people who live and learn at Hillside House. Guests are welcome to tour the gardens beginning at 3:30 pm. 

About John Tilson: John Tilson has been visiting vineyards and tasting wines around the world since the late 1960s. He has tasted thousands of bottles of wine and written about many of them. John was the founder and managing editor of The Underground Wineletter, still a famed resource of information for wine lovers. Since 2009, The Underground went online, and John is still the leading contributor. His personable, knowledgeable and completely unpretentious style of writing, and his enthusiasm for wine, have earned him a following world-wide, and he is often quoted in other major wine publications. 

At this year’s Sunset Soirée, John will introduce us to his own hand-picked selection of both French and California wines to accompany each dinner course, educating us in his delightful style as we sample these captivating wines, accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres and finishing with dessert. 

Watch our recent interview with John Tilson, as he gives us an insight on what to expect at this year's event:John Tilson Sneak-Peek 

Raffle: This year will feature a raffle that consists of many great items up for drawing. You can learn about the items and purchase raffle tickets by contacting Curt Lauber in the Development Office. You need not be present at the event to participate. 


The Sunset Soirée is open to the public, and we encourage all to attend and help make a difference for Hillside House. 

If you have questions, please contact Curt Lauber in the Development Office: [email protected] or (805) 687-0788 ext. 115. 

We would be delighted to share this lovely occasion with you. 
To order your tickets now, click here! 

Sponsorships are available for our event and come with many benefits. To find out more about being a sponsor for this year's Sunset Soirée, please contact Curt Lauber in the Development Office: 
[email protected] or (805) 687-0788 ext. 115. 

We send Special Thanks to our first Generous Sponsors of this year's Soirée!

Premier Cru Sponsors: Marie Williams Shipman 
Estate Sponsors: Tita Lanning, Marborg Industries 

Jereboam Sponsors: Silvio Di Loreto, Norris and Barry Goss, Jim and Marcia Wolfe

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