VCCAR Affiliates Committee Raises more than $40,000 to support Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County!

3rd Annual “Cocktails in Havana” a Colossal Success!


The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors (VCCAR) Affiliates Committee Raises more than $40,000 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

  • A sold-out 3rd Annual Cocktails in Havana, hosted by the VCCAR Affiliates Committee at the Santa Rosa Valley home of Kristina & Peter Kalaydjian (owners of Contact Escrow), raised more than $40,000 to help Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County build hope and homes for families in need in our community. The VCCAR Affiliates Committee not only met and exceeded their goal to raise $30,000 in recognition of Habitat’s 30th Anniversary – they doubled the amount raised in 2012.
  • The VCCAR Affiliates Committee and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County would like to thank the many sponsors, guests, donors, and vendors who supported this incredible and highly successful fundraising HavanaCocktails.8.23.13-32-Tievent. Close to 600 residents, colleagues, and friends enjoyed an evening of fun, top-shelf spirit tastings, award-winning cigars, mouth-watering appetizers, tasty dessert bites, and live music.
  • A very special thank you to all of the generous sponsors listed below, including Title Sponsor Wells Fargo (Brian Lawson), event organizers Kristina and Peter Kalaydjian, a group of dedicated professionals from the VCCAR Affiliates Committee, Lupe Flores (Farmers Insurance), and the entire Contact Escrow Team. Thank you to our Habitat volunteers, including Habitat homeowners Rosa and Javier Montelongo, who helped set up the event, sign-in guests, serve beverages, clear tables, and share information about Habitat for Humanity and the collaboration with VCCAR.  Our deepest thanks to Thom Theys (performer and realtor), who organized all of the live music for this event and secured a $5,000 equipment rental donation from the Guitar Center of Ventura.

2013 Sponsors and Vendors:HavanaCocktails.8.23.13-27-Ti

  • Title Sponsor: Wells Fargo
  • Platinum sponsors: Caliber Funding, Carlos Camargo Reverse Mortgage Consultant, Heritage Oaks Bank, Island View Enterprises Indoor Shooting Range, Keller Williams of West Ventura County, Pacific Coast Title Company, Players Poker Club, Inc., Stewart Title Company of California, Ticor Title Company, Union Bank
  • Gold sponsors: First American Home Warranty, Guild Mortgage Company, NAHREP of Ventura County, RealtyTech, Inc., Jeff Simon/Peak Realty, Steve Thomas BMW/Mini of Camarillo
  • Silver sponsors: Lauren Williams RE/MAX Gold CoastHavanaCocktails.8.23.13-29-Ti
  • Friend sponsor: JT Rogers Plumbing, Lety Rangel Sunshine Realty


  • Beverage vendors: Alquimia Tequila, American Vintage Beverage, Brix Wines LLC, Crispin Cider, Cayman Jack Margarita, Dirty Tequila, Firestone Brewing Company, Montalvo Tequila
  • Food vendors: 5th Street Steak & Seafood, 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, Blinkie’s Donuts, Burger Express Grill, Cold Stone Creamery, Hooters Thousand Oaks, Jersey Mikes, Mobile Brick Oven Pizza, The Patio Restaurant, The Sweet Spot Cupcakes, Watermark on Main
  • Entertainment: Comedy Club, DJ Mike Ortega; Live entertainment: Darren Block; Tim Theys and Nancy Lee; Bobby and Lee Orgel
  • Photography: The Picture Screen, Christine Raphaelian of Raphaelian Photography, and Bob Carey Photography.HavanaCocktails.8.23.13-5-Ti
  • Cigars and Hookahs: Old Oaks Cigar Company, JM Dominican Cigars, Premium Hookah, Ventura Cigar Company.