Matthew McAvene created over 50 puppets and props that were showcased in a 100 person ensemble in the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade. The group marched in the parade to raise funds to support a medically challenged 3 year old, Forrest and his mom Tonia Reynolds. McAvene's artwork was seen by over 100,000 spectators and was featured by 6 news outlets including, The Los Angeles Times, Santa Barbara News Press, The SB Independent, Santa Barbaras Edhat, Noozhawk and Channel 3 TV News.