The 6th Annual MAD Academy GALA

March 17th, 2018 5:30pm at Santa Barbara Historical Museum

136 East De La Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

Last year’s Gala Was a Huge, Sold-Out Success!

With the help and early support from our friends, family and sponsors last year we raised $150,000 for 35 new professional Apple workstations. Our goal for 2018 is to raise $250,000 to fund the purchase of new DSLR cameras, audio recording equipment, stage lighting, and studio equipment.

This will allow the MAD teachers to continue to provide hands-on, state-of-the-art training and instruction to our students.

SPONSORSHIP – A Great Way to Buy Tickets!!!

A key element of the MAD Academy’s success is the incredible support of our parents, businesses and the community. Sponsorships are a great way to purchase tickets and receive additional benefits while supporting MAD.

  • Platinum – $10,000
  • Gold – $5,000
  • Silver – $2,500
  • Bronze – $1,000
  • Or Donate $1-$999!

For detailed information about Sponsorship tables, including the benefits that are included in addition to tickets, Click Here or contact Michelle Nestlerode!

Michelle Nestlerode


Seeking select, tantalizing auction items! If you can donate or solicit, please contact Jodi Fishman-Osti!

Jodi Fishman-Osti


There are many ways to help and show your support at this year’s gala.
Volunteer support is much needed in the following areas:

  • Gala Set-up (20+ needed)
  • Check-in (4)
  • Check-out (5)

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jen Caesar!

Jen Caesar


In order to make this year’s gala a huge success, we will need help from underwriters for items such as flowers, rentals and alcohol. If you are able to help underwrite, please contact Jen Caesar!

Jen Caesar

MAD Academy Mission

The MAD Academy at Santa Barbara High School was founded in 1996 to provide an integrated, engaging and relevant education that would prepare students for the world they will enter as adults.

For 20 years the MAD Academy has been educating students through an innovative curriculum combining leadership and emotional intelligence training, relevant workplace skills, rigorous academics and meaningful community service.

Students love being a part of the MAD community and gain confidence from developing competence in areas that prepare them for the real world.

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