A benefit for The Rhythmic Arts Project packed the Soho Restaurant and Music Club in Santa Barbara on Sunday night.
The Rhythmic Arts Project, known as TRAP, uses music to empower people with developmental disabilities.
TRAP’s founder and professional drummer Eddie Tuduri performed with The Pockets.
Performers included Jimmy Calire, Tata Vega, Carl Graves, and Bill and Tamara Champlin.
They all donated their time to help.
Auction items including a painting by TRAP student Denise Frakes.
The winning bid of neary $900.00 went to Andrea Risden.
Her husband Don Risden, was the top bidder on a guitar recently signed by both Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina.
The mother of longtime TRAP student and performer Dion Cornejo said the program really helps her son and others.
“It really helps them to have more of a quality of life and to bring out everything in them, Dion is just an example,” said Debbie Cornejo.
Jimmy Calire, who recenlty played with America at the Ventura County Fair, said, “I think it is one of the most worthwhile projects I’ve ever been involved with. I love Eddie, I love what he is doing. I think it is fantastic.”
The money raised at the Soho will benefit TRAP programs in local schools and around the globe.
Tuduri’s drumming career was almost crushed by a body surfing accident in Carpinteria.
Percussion helped him find his way back and it has helped countless students become more confident.
To donate or find out more information visit, www.trap-learning,org