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From Aircraft Carriers to Civilian Life Ron Cuff is Committed to Serve

The San Luis Obispo Journal Plus Magazine published this story on SafeLaunch Co-Founder Ron Cuff. Click the image below to read what inspired him to become a leader in substance abuse prevention after his career as a U.S. Navy pilot. In it, he shares how 30 years of service to other nonprofit organizations, which were focused on education, affordable housing, and child abuse led him to focus on the common denominator – addiction.


From aircraft carriers to civilian life, Ron Cuff is committed to serve

Holiday Pop Up Boutique to Benefit SafeLaunch

2015 Art & Jewelry Boutique - A benefit for SafeLaunchJOIN US!
On Sunday, December 13 from 2 to 6pm, Paradise Cafe in downtown Santa Barbara is sponsoring the 3rd Annual SafeLaunch Holiday Art & Jewelry fundraiser to support SafeLaunch teen substance abuse prevention programs.

On display and for purchase will be jewelry, art cards, and prints created by these local artisans: Christine McTague, Hsiu Zu Ho, Jan Edens, Patricia Geyling and Erin Balint. Along with browsing the items in the boutique, guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for some extra special gifts while enjoying refreshments provided by Paradise Cafe.


The raffle items are shown clockwise from the top left — Earrings of jade, turquoise and Austrian crystal; Earrings of citrine, marcacite and Austrian crystal, both by Janzu Designs; Moroccan silver pendant on a necklace of African copper and silver faceted beads, crocheted onto brown Gore-tex thread, and oval silver hoop earrings by ERB Jewelry; Framed giclee print “Lilac Meadow” 12″x15″ by Hsiu Zu Ho Fine Art; Pendant of sterling silver, wire and mystic black spinel by Bijouxx Jewelry.


Paradise Cafe is located at 702 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. Phone: 805-962-4416.


Getting Tricked By Addiction is No Treat

SGA Fly-In Flyer 2015

SafeLaunch is bringing their primary addiction prevention program, “Flights Above Addiction” to the San Gabriel Valley Airport this Saturday, at 9AM.

Alongside the classic aircraft and cars on display at this year’s Air Fair, attendees will find an unusual treat: a pure white Cessna made available for painting by its owner, retired Navy Commander Ron Cuff. In keeping with the holiday, youth will be asked to paint ghosts and ghouls on the aircraft to illustrate this event’s theme, Don’t Get Tricked By Addiction.

The Cessna is a focal point for the addiction prevention organization, SafeLaunch, co-founded by Ron Cuff and Janet Rowse in Santa Barbara. Promoting a science-based approach to addiction prevention, SafeLaunch offers teens opportunities to raise awareness about the threat of addiction. “A 14-year old, if exposed to any addictive substance, is up to six times more susceptible to this deadly disease than an adult, according to research from Harvard Medical School,” Rowse says. Commander Cuff tells kids, “When it comes to ‘getting high,’ an airplane is a great and safe way to do it, but using drugs or alcohol is a really unhealthy, dangerous way.”

The public and press are invited to see the art come to life in memory of people who have lost their lives to drugs, some of whom are memorialized on the wings of 521DJ, the SafeLaunch “prevention plane”.