American Charities Foundation invited over 50 young aviators to experience the opportunity of a lifetime by turning their dreams into reality with a free flight though the EAA Young Eagles program.  This special event was generously sponsored by EAA Chapter 491- Santa Ynez.

Photo Courtesy of the
Santa Ynez Valley Journal
We’d like to thank the E.A.A. Young Eagle pilots as they pass along a legacy, a passion for flight; Sam Burke, Still Chase, Les Clark, Mike Dougherty, John Fisher, Ken Karas, Shawn Knight, Jerry Long, Charlie Plumb, Lloyd Sorensen, and Joan Steinberger.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Since 1992, more than 1.5 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. More than 160,000 people currently belong to EAA, with local chapters located in all 50 states and many countries. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.  Each child who participated received a Spirit of Flight Certificate and membership to the student EAA, and was also listed in the World’s Largest Logbook.

Aspiring young drivers learned about the skill, determination, and desire it takes to become a NASCAR champion from Christian Copley.  Thanks to K & N’s generosity, Christian Copley and Mike Kappmeyer graciously gave the children participating in our event K&N caps, stickers, and banners.  And, Christian signed his racing photos for the kids.  Thank you Christian Copley Racing Team!

A special thank you, to Sheriffs Department Captain Crew Chief Tom Himmelrich and Pilot Chris Spangenberg for taking the time to teaching the children about the search and rescue / fire fighting helicopter.

E.A.A. Young Eagle Video 2003-2010 courtesy of Les Clark EAA Chapter 491 President and Young Eagle Coordinator


Peddler's Marketplace

American Charities Foundation brought awareness to the “Forgotten Children” of Santa Barbara County foster care with a fundraising event held at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez, CA. November 28, 2009.

Artisans & Vendors Artisans & Vendors

Over 60 booths displayed beautiful custom designed jewelry, pottery, exotic woodworks, women's and children's designer apparel, lavender, weavings, antiques, metal art, home decor, hand crafted alpaca apparel and accessories, specialty foods, natural soaps, custom T-shirts, photography, recycled tire garden planters, designer furniture in addition to a organic farmer's market and kid's zone with face painting courtesy of Paints and Ponies.

Guest Speakers Guest Speakers

Featured guest speakers included Kim Davis Director of Program Services CASA Santa Barbara County, Anne Rodriguez of Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services and Family Care Network of San Luis Obispo.

Entertainment Entertainment

The event featured live performances by the Agin Brothers Territorial Law Band, Estrellita the Clown, Spencer the Gardner, Pablo's Balloon Art and caricature artist Stephen Silver along with a skateboard demo from Backdoor Board Shop. ACF would especially like to thank the Santa Ynez Fire Station for participating in our fundraising event.

Children's Book Donation Children's Book Donation

Noted author Jennelle St. John M.A. generously donated over 300 copies of her latest children's book, "The Missing Hearts". The books were distributed to CASA, Child Welfare Services and Family Care Network.

Our Sponsors & Friends Our Sponsors & Friends

Dear Sponsors and Friends,

The Peddler's Marketplace was a huge success because of your generosity and support of our mission to promote awareness of the "Forgotten Children" in Santa Barbara County foster care.

We would like to thank Knight Broadcasting, El Rancho Market, Star Drugs, CASA, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, Agin Brothers Territorial Law Band, Kimerlee Curyl Equine Photography, Petros Greek Cuisine & Lounge, M & J Jumpers, Pro Tint, Santa Ynez Feed & Milling Company, Child Welfare Services, Albertson's, Family Care Network, Rolling Hills Garden Center, The Sock Loft, Staples, New Frontiers Natural Market, Alisal River Course, Janis-Barber Shop, City of Buellton, Santa Ynez Fire Station, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Outpost Trading Company, Juan Lara Saddlery, Winslow Pool & Spa, Estrellita the Clown, Pablo Balloon Art, De-Stress Cafe, Alisal River Grill, Paints & Ponies, Ingeborg's World Famous Danish Chocolates, Marborg Industries, Graphic System Printers, Spencer the Gardner, ACE SYV Hardware, Jennelle St. Marie M.A., Santa Ynez Elite Party Rentals, Laurie Roy, Melody & Luigi Paroli, Pete McCarthy, Don Popma, Leland & Renee Bentley, other notable non-profit organizations who shared the spot light - Animal Rescue Team, Cupcakes for Cancer, Our World of Oceans - all our volunteers and to everyone who participated in our fundraising event.

Barbara Perkins
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Event Photos   Press Release

Equine photo courtesy of Kimerlee Curyl -


Interested organizations, businesses, individuals, families or non-profits please contact us at
(805) 403-8103
for further fund raising information.

46" Samsung LED Flat Screen TV
Won by Kevin Keller

THANK YOU Alfred, Greg, all our friends at El Rancho Marketplace, and our community for supporting us!

From left to right: Alfred Holzheu (El Rancho Marketplace owner), Kevin Keller (TV Winner), Dick Maxwell (ACF Co-Founder), Barbara Perkins (ACF Co-Founder), Greg King (El Rancho Marketplace - President), & “Davy Baby” Warren (El Rancho Marketplace – most tickets sold!)

Fundraising: Road Map to Successs

Sponsorship Levels

ACF Gold Star Ambassador

ACF Silver Star Ambassador $15,000 - $24,999

ACF Bronze Star Ambassador $10,000 - $14,999

ACF Ambassador
$1,000 - $9,999
  • Become an Ambassador
  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Celebrity Designed T-shirt & Jewelry to Auction
  • Support a Scholar
  • Golf Tournaments
  • Themed Fundraising Events
  • Silent Auctions
  • On Line Auctions
  • Dinners with Kid Chefs
  • Food & Wine Tasting Dinners
  • Grants
  • Donations of Real Property
  • Planned Gifts from Estates
  • Give Back Programs

To learn more about our fundraising events, please contact Executive Director Barbara Perkins
(805) 403-8103 or email


Scholarships will be awarded nationally for academic and vocational training achievements. They will also be offered for various living skills, self-esteem programs and summer camp experiences. To learn more about our scholarship program or to request an application, please call (805) 403-8103 or email us at

Our Wish List

Volunteer Business Professionals & College Student Mentors~ Scholarships ~ Vocational Training Opportunities ~ Computer Classes ~ Chef School Training ~ Sports Camps ~ Tennis Lessons ~ Golf Lessons ~ Art Programs ~ Dance Programs ~ Horseback Riding Lessons ~ Summer Camp Experiences ~ Zoo / Aquarium Programs ~ Academic Study Skills.


Working Horse Ranch ~ H20 Swim Camp ~ Basketball Courts ~ Volleyball Court ~ Kids Chef School with Herb & Vegetable Gardens ~ Computer Education ~ Graphic Design ~ Web Design ~ Programming ~ Arts ~ Drama ~ Dance ~ Talent Days ~ Driving Range ~ BBQ’s ~ Campfires ~ Animal Husbandry ~ ACF Equestrian Programs ~ Tennis Courts ~ Academic Study Skills ~ Wildlife Programs.