ABOUT OJAI WILD!
The 12th Annual Ojai WILD!, a benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch, takes place at The Thacher School’s Upper Field surrounded by panoramic views of the Ojai Valley and Topatopa Mountains.
More than 300 guests come together each year to celebrate our accomplishments while raising support for the protection of our region’s wildlife, wilderness, and waterways. Ojai WILD! has become the longest-running conservation benefit event in Ventura County. All proceeds go to protect your local forest.
Join us! Enjoy farm-to-table appetizers and dinner, local wines and craft beer, live music, silent and live auctions, a wine cellar raffle, and an afternoon of fun, friendship, community, and conservation.
Local wines & CRAFT BREWS
featuring Ampelos Cellars, Topa Mountain Winery, Solminer Wines, and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
by Todd Hannigan & Sleeping Chief
presented by Seasons Catering
featuring more than one hundred carefully-curated items
Oceanfront Villa Along the Mexican Riviera With Private Chef for Twelve
Four Night Hosted B&B Stay for Two in Edinburgh, Scotland for The Edinburgh Festival
Five Nights at a Beautiful Lake Arrowhead Cabin
Two-Night Corporate/Family Retreat at Sonoma Broadway Farms
Rose Valley Retreat Home for Four
Private Tour of Buttonwood Vineyard for Six With Lunch and Wine at the Pond
Mega Pilates Session for Ten + Dinner with Private Chef
Dinner With the Stars at Private Observatory Overlooking the Ojai Valley
Scenic Jeep Tour of the Ojai Backcountry + Beer and Food at Topa Topa Brewing Co.
Presentation of the wilderness legacy award
to John & Kathy Broesamle
Selection of delicious desserts & coffee
presented by White Sage Catering and Beacon Coffee
A GREEN EVENT
We are proud to offer a sustainably-produced event with recycling and composting provided by The Thacher School. All event materials are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper whenever possible to protect the environment, and most food and beverages are sourced from local, sustainable, and organic farms.
WILDERNESS LEGACY AWARD
2019 RECIPIENTS: JOHN & KATHY BROESAMLe
Kathy and John Broesamle have lived in the Ojai Valley for more than 30 years, and together they have served as a powerful force in protecting our region’s environmental well-being. For nearly a decade, Kathy volunteered as the event coordinator for a local land conservation group. She also served on the first board of directors for the Ojai Valley Defense Fund, a nonprofit that provides financial support to groups undertaking legal action to protect and sustain the environmental quality of the Ojai Valley for the public benefit. Kathy and John played a key role in Ventura County’s SOAR initiative to protect farms and open space.
John managed the campaign of an ahead-of-its-time 1980 growth control initiative for the City of Thousand Oaks. John was President of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy from 1998 to 2000. He has received numerous accolades, including Ojai Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, an Ojai Living Treasure by the Rotary Clubs of Ojai, the Environmental Defense Center Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Volunteer of the Ojai Valley, and a top "25 over 50" community leader by the Ventura County Star. John also founded the Ojai Valley Defense Fund and served as its first president. Recognized in 2018 with the Defense Fund’s James D. Loebl Award for environmental excellence, John has been described by Ojai Mayor Johnny Johnston as a “conservation giant.”
LIVE MUSIC BY
TODD HANNIGAN & SLEEPING CHIEF
Sleeping Chief is a musical collective featuring Todd Hannigan, Jesse Siebenberg, Micah Gustafson, Bob Siebenberg, Austin Beede, Mario Calire, Aaron Embry, and Fernie Apodaca. Todd is an Ojai-based composer, singer-songwriter, and Grammy-winning film mixer and sound designer. He also is founder of Brotheryn Studios, a recording facility in Ojai. With influences like Nick Drake, Mark Knofler, and Cat Stevens, he has released four studio albums and is known in the international surf community for his collaborations with the Malloy brothers, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, and Jackson Browne. Hannigan’s Brotheryn Studios is recognized for work on award-winning surf films “thicker than water,” “shelter,” “groundswell,” “Big Easy Express,” and “Cuatro”. His original voice, perspective, and signature fingerpicking make him one of folk’s underground sons.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Become a Sponsor
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD OUR SPONSORSHIP DECK
STEP 2: SUBMIT PAYMENT
Pay Online or to ForestWatch, POB 98, Ojai CA 93024
April 12: Sponsorship Listing in Invitation
May 1: Logo/Ad for Program
May 20: Listing in Program
Dick and Marilyn Mazess
PATAGONIA + YVON CHOUINARD
ALLAN S. MORTON + PEET STEINMETZ
Other Event Partners
ASHLEY LEE, PROGRAM LAYOUT
SUZANNE KRAINOCK, AUCTIONEER
TODD HANNIGAN + SLEEPING CHIEF
CYNTHIA GRIER, EVENT CONSULTANT
YES YES NURSERY + ISLAND SEED & FEED
SUN OVEN GLUTEN FREE BAKING CO.
Highlights: Ojai WILD! 2018
Photo credits: Luke Butcher