Kenny Slaught, influential thought leader, business strategist and property investor, is committed to helping individuals and groups in need throughout Santa Barbara. In keeping with his life’s work as a respected philanthropist, he has promoted the many community-centric initiatives at the Hospice of Santa Barbara – such as counseling and support services. As he strives to increase public knowledge about the impact of social support, particularly for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one, Slaught has recently advocated for these programs on his blog at KennySlaught.com.

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Remarking on Hoover Dam’s history, Kenny Slaught says that the progressive structure was built during the American Great Depression phase, between 1931 and 1936, costing the government $49 million dollars. Previously, the dam was named Boulder Dam, but was later called Hoover Dam in the honor of the then-President Herbert Hoover, who had made big contributions to the creation of this astounding project. With 221 meters in height, 379 meters in length, and more than 35.000 cubic kilometers of full capacity, the massive structure could produce more than 4,2 billion kWh2 per year.

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“These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed.” Where human lives are concerned, Slaught is convinced medical research and practice need expanding horizons for timely and holistic global health interventions.

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Kenny Slaught emphasizes that many families look to the hospice for counseling and support options. For those in need, the hospice provides individual, group, and family counseling at no charge. These therapy sessions deal with the pressing issues surrounding death and dying, with a focus on the various aspects of emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness that benefit individuals in these situations. For those who cannot come to the Hospice itself, there are counseling sessions at safe locations throughout Santa Barbara. Studies continue to show that presence in counseling sessions early in the grief process can noticeably reduce the risk of unprocessed grief manifesting in the future. Moreover, researchers have found that counselors trained in handling death-related issues have a greater impact on individuals experiencing a traumatic loss than standard mental health practitioners.

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On the other hand, central Santa Barbara allows tourists to see how the architecture at that time was conceived. The design of buildings, and details showing the relation each building had with the historical concept of those times is also helpful when looking at the Hispanic architecture. A roof design, for instance, has a colonial style that can also be observed in colonial cities such as Cartagena, Mompox or San Juan in Puerto Rico. Santa Barbara has maintained its commitment to the architectural preservation. New laws were put in place to eliminate any disrupting effect of new constructions on the harmony of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. New constructions, especially in El Pueblo Viejo, must follow strict city regulations to maintain the historic architecture. When in Santa Barbara, Kenny Slaught suggests recognizing the efforts that the city has made to contribute to the preservation of the unique architecture, even if this does not perform the American style constructed in the area as a result of the British presence in the area that considerably influenced the way how local architecture has evolved.  

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The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture movement developed in the early 20th century. The movement used Spanish Colonial architecture for designing areas that were first Spanish colonies and then they became American cities. Much of this architectural style can be found throughout California. After an earthquake occurred in 1925, Santa Barbara took over this style as its signature line for re-building the city.  The movement was founded by architect George Washington Smith who came to Montecito and popularized this movement.  The history of El Pueblo Viejo aesthetic control came from Roman and Parisian laws. It aims to preserve history with the Hispanic architecture. But many wonder What is the Hispanic Architecture about? This style stems from architecture of the “white-washed cities” of Andalusia in Southern Spain. In Santa Barbara, vernacular buildings are the co-relation born from the response of the natural environment and the locally available materials. Kenny Slaught notes that Hispanic architectural features in this area are in large part characterized by the “simplicity, rustic economy, excellence in craftsmanship and honest expression of material”. Forms founded in Santa Barbara convey vernacular handmade quality oriented to the sunlight. Additionally, colors are related to natural environment, yellow, red, orange and white that dominates Santa Barbara’s weather.

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Some of the most legendary Santa Barbara architecture includes the centuries old Hotel Virginia, El Pueblo Viejo district in historic downtown and the two pink towers of the Old Mission, housing retreats and festivals. Kenny Slaught has explained that the brightly colored tiles of the County Courthouse shows off brilliant murals and other striking attributes, and nearby the clock tower and observation deck allow for a panoramic view of the town. The Lobero theatre not only houses the regions premier performing arts events but also dates back to 1873 and was rebuilt in the 1920’s by George Washington Smith. The celebrated past of Santa Barbara shows the founder’s advanced planning: many antique, architecturally sound buildings line the city streets.

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Almost 100 years back, celebrated architect George Washington Smith kicked off the California movement, the Spanish Colonial revival. Smith dropped out of Harvard and eventually worked as a bond trader. Once Smith became a recognized worker, he moved to Santa Barbara anticipating a relaxing lifestyle with which to work on his painting interests. However, he was taken aback when he learned that everyone loved the house he had designed, prompting him to continue creating architectural gems for the city. He only used the best materials from Spain and merged new and old world styles, and today Smith’s works are desired for their simplistic beauty and complex design. He is a founding father in the city of Santa Barbara, as many generations of architects followed his artistic pathway. Kenny Slaught celebrates the keen eye and attention to detail needed to create works of such artistic excellence.

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The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation in 2015 supported the Girls Rock Santa Barbara initiative. Knowing that music is a way to empower young women, Kenny Slaught supports this organization’s mission to create a supportive environment that fosters the development of self-confidence and creativity in youth. As part of the program, girls receive music lessons, engage in activities, and perform live. They are encouraged to counter typical gender stereotypes, collaborate amongst themselves, and learn tolerance. Girls Rock Santa Barbara perfectly represents the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s emphasis on keeping music and the arts accessible to all.

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Many families turn to the hospice for their counseling and support services, discusses Kenny Slaught. The hospice offers individual, group, and family counseling regularly and free of charge. These counseling sessions handle a variety of death-related issues and emphasize the many angles of emotional, psychological, and spiritual health that are important to individuals processing grief. For those unable to come to the center, the hospice holds counseling sessions at several other safe zones throughout the community. Research shows that participation in counseling sessions early in the grief process can immensely reduce the risk of unresolved grief appearing years down the road. In addition, studies have found that counselors who specialize death and suffering-related issues are more effective at helping individuals experiencing a traumatic loss than general mental health practitioners.

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