Chris Harrison Hosts Santa Barbara Wine Auction Benefiting Direct Relief

SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Chris Harrison, Ivana Firestone and Andrew Firestone attend the Santa Barbara Wine Auction 2014: A Benefit for Direct Relief at Bacara Resort & Spa on February 22, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/Getty Images for Direct Relief)

Direct Relief Wine Auction 2014.

With a little help from his celebrity friends, “The Bachelor” host promotes global aid efforts

Santa Barbara Wine Auction 2014: A Benefit For Direct ReliefSANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 23, 2014 – “The Bachelor” host, Chris Harrison, took a night off from the mansion for a different role Saturday evening.  He was the Master of Ceremonies for the eighth biennial Santa Barbara Wine Auction benefiting Direct Relief. Coordinated in part by the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation, the event took place February 22 at Bacara Resort & Spa and highlighted the acclaimed wines of the Central Coast.

Harrison was reunited with one of the best-known previous “The Bachelor” stars, Andrew Firestone, at the fundraiser, which was also attended  by Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Susan Sullivan (“Castle”, “Falcon Crest”), Joanna Kerns (“Growing Pains”), actor/director Emilio Estevez, and “Girls” and “Chicago Fire” regular Shiri Appleby, star of the upcoming Lifetime series, “Un-Real.”

Santa Barbara Wine Auction 2014: A Benefit For Direct ReliefAppleby’s fiancé, Jon Shook and his business partner Vinny Detolo, of L.A.’s Animal restaurant, were the celebrity chefs for the night.

Direct Relief, rated “Four Star” by Charity Navigator and “100% Efficient” by Forbes magazine, provides medicine and medical equipment to people in the U.S. and around the world who otherwise would not have access to it because of poverty, civil unrest or natural disaster.

Santa Barbara Wine Auction 2014: A Benefit For Direct ReliefAuction items at the Hollywood-themed fundraiser included: a “Sideways” 10th anniversary reunion dinner with cast and crew of the iconic film, a week at a cottage at the Cotswolds, with a private visit and tea at Highclere Castle where “Downton Abbey” is filmed, a private dinner with the cast of “Modern Family” and a trip to New York with front row seats for the “Project Runway” finale.

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About Direct Relief
Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries. It works with more than 1,000 health clinics across the U.S. to assist in emergencies and an ongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need. The organization has been among the world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. For more information visit

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