Santa Barbara
66° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
58° F
Clear
Clear
San Luis Obispo
59° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Ventura
62° F
Clear
Clear

Oprah Film Festival Event Becomes a Surprise for Minnesota mother

By John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Feb 08 2014 11:30:54 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 08 2014 02:35:55 PM CST

A daughter surprised her mother with tickets to see Oprah at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Montecito Award. They flew across the U.S. For this special event.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

When the Oprah Winfrey television show ended, the dream Sandy Harrison had to see the famous entertainment icon in person ended, until this week.  The Minnesota mom was treated to a flight to Santa Barbara, and upfront seats to see a special tribute to Winfrey as part of the International Film Festival, Wednesday night.

He daughter, Elizabeth, began making the event happen last November as part of a special surprise.

"Exactly,  we just Googled Oprah Winfrey tickets and Santa Barbara, this show came up. It was really unexpected," said Elizabeth Harrison.  

The tickets were a Christmas present.  They came with airfare and two nights at the landmark Upham Hotel two blocks from the famous Arlington Theatre where the Montecito Award was presented.

"When she came out on stage, dancing I think I wanted to dance with her. She sat down and the gentleman who was interviewing her,  she puts everyone at ease. She made fun of everything.  Like.. 'oh my life'. But we all know what her life is like, and what she does for so many," said Sandy Harrison.

The two were also given special treatment from the theatre staff when they heard, the mother and daughter team traveled all the way from St. Cloud, MInnesota to see the show.   The Harrisons were allowed to get two seats in the front section and as luck would have it, they were sitting next to Mayor Helene Schneider.

After the show they were also able to get two of the final tickets for the sold out show to honor actor Leonardo DiCaprio and  director Martin Scorsese Thursday night.

While in the festival event, the Harrison's met several local residents who welcomed them with tips on where to go and what to see while they were on their first ever visit to Santa Barbara. One new friend gave them a city tour the next day.

With such special treatment, they said, they would "definitely be coming back."

Temperatures during the trip to Santa Barbara were in the mid 60's with a passing shower.  At the same time in Minnesota, it was hovering around -5 degrees.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Larry Lee Cal Poly Coach

    Cal Poly Baseball Earns No. 1 National Ranking

    The Mustangs achieved the school's second No. 1 national ranking in Division I as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has placed Cal Poly atop its Top 30.

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Slideshow: Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.