Horse Sense: Polo Players Help People Helping People

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“A Hand Up”

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Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

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(805) 686-0295
Director of Development & Communications: Erica Jane Flores


People Helping People is dedicated to improving the lives of men, women, and children in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, and surrounding communities by addressing emergency and basic needs, furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services, and acting as a catalyst for positive community change.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

By bringing world-class polo to the Santa Ynez Valley, the Classic’s mission is to raise much-needed funds for People Helping People’s programs, which are dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos by addressing emergency and basic needs. It brings all of the players and us great joy to be able to play the sport we love, on the horses we love, in front of spectators from this great valley that we love – all to benefit those who receive support from People Helping People. It is our honor to showcase polo for such a special cause.
Guillermo “Memo” & Meghan Gracida
World Renowned Polo Players and SYV Polo Classic Steering Committee Members

Fighting Hunger in the Valley

Although any donation will greatly help this organization with a $2.6-million operating budget, an $800 donation will fill their outdoor pantry for one day, which provides emergency food distribution for the food insecure in the Santa Ynez community.

Key Supporters

John Kuelbs
John Easterling & Olivia Newton-John
The Gangolli Family
Scott & Lisa Ramsey
Tom & Nancy Elsaesser
The Brady Family
Becky Barieau & Bill Wathen
Kenneth Kahn & Eva Van Prooyen
Kevin Brine & Jessica Smith
Brook Harvey-Taylor & Billy Taylor
Jamie Einerson
Sean & Jodi Pitts
T.J. Barrack and Aston Barnicoat, Odyssey International Exchange
Memo & Meghan Gracida
Joe & Katie Russell
Joel Baker & Charlotte Bredahl-Baker
Montecito Bank & Trust
First Bank
Grand Avenue Real Estate, Inc
Janice Rome
Joan & Theodore Tanner
Elee Johnson & Fairfield Farm
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Ynez Band of
Chumash Indians Foundation
Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
The Mindel Family Foundation
The Ann Jackson
Family Foundation