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Special event for first responders returns with the One 805 Live show

MONTECITO, Calif. - On the heels of the successful post-mud flow event known as the One 805 ASH BASH, comes the One 805 Live show on September 18 in Montecito.

It will feature Robby Krieger of the DOORS and British Singer/Songwriter Natasha Bedingfield.

Originally, with One805, the organizers of the KICK ASH BASH from February 18, 2018 say they raised $2-million for Santa Barbara County First Responders after the massive two-county Thomas Fire & Montecito Debris Flow.

This event will raise more funds, that are not normally allocated in the annual budgets, for special gear and support needs for first responders.

Organizers say: The Heart of the Community Award,” created by Lynda Weinman will be awarded.

Ashley Iverson, Founder and Executive Director of the Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness, and widow of Firefighter Corey Iverson lost in the Thomas Fire, will be honored along with Katy Perry, Rob Lowe and Alan Parsons.

 Phillips is the Co-Founder of One 805. He said, "2017 Thomas fire surrounded my home, our neighbors home did burn down.   We took that and said we need to do an appreciation event for these firefighters and first responders ."

It was an event like nothing like the area had ever seen. Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, Michael Keaton, Dennis Miller, Jimmy Conners and many other musicians, athletes and entertainment stars were lending their support on stage and off.

The One 805 Ash Bash with over 4000 people,  many of them who work on the emergency front lines,   raised $2-million.

Phillips said, with "the fires now in northern California  we need it more than ever."

Musician Alan Parsons has been part of the fundraising team and recalls getting a picture of a fire by his house in the Goleta hills while he was gone.    From Holland he recognized the structure and said, "oh my God that's our house. "   It did not burn down but there was a small army of firefighters taking on flames in a creek and near a ridge line.

From that came a renewed appreciation of what the firefighters face.

"Yeah we actually feel very safe. We are the last house and a vantage point for the firefighters," said Parsons.

At Station One Wednesday, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Chris Mailes said, "whether it is law enforcement or fire we are so thankful of the public support of us and it really helps  it helps a lot. It  helps when we are having a a tough time,  when we are working a lot . We  have three engines deployed now in Northern California and we have folks working longer  back here in the community."

Mailes said the fire, law enforcement and other first responder needs are all part of the focus for One 805. He said they work together and realize each group has needs beyond their budget.

They appreciate the community donations, and the event coordination by One 805.

Anyone looking to support first responders, can do it at a small or large level on the One 805 event website 
Eric Phillips recalls how the umbrella style non-profit was able to collect and distribute the funds.
"Let's bring them all together, let's do One 805.  Let's allow people to write one check to help  the police, the fire, sheriffs, nurses all first responders. "

Mailes said, "We are really fortunate to have that relationship.  I'm told this year One 805 wants to concentrate on the needs of the fire department and what is great is that as this event continues and perhaps next year it will be a focus on law enforcement.  We all sit at the table together and decide how the money is spent ."

The decisions are based on the public needs. "How does this benefit the community? Not just the individual firefighter but how we support our community and how we  respond to calls."

The group had wanted to hold more events after the Ash Bash but they were delayed by COVID gathering concerns.

This event takes place at a private Montecito estate.

Tickets start at $750.

For more information go to: One 805

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