Scholarship Soirée

By Richard Mineards   |   May 16, 2019
Girls Inc. Game Changer sponsors Connie Pearcy, Kathy McCarthy, Stina Hans, and Ginni Dreier "supporting" Maddy with the help of Mia (photo by Priscilla)
(Back row) Caroline Thompson, Sarah Stokes, Carrie Lundquist, Beth Farnsworth, and Marsha Kotlyar with (front row) Chloe, Maxine, Dakoda, Riley, and Eva (photo by Priscilla)

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara raised almost $300,000 when 150 guests attended the organization’s 34th annual scholarship event at the Goleta Valley & Teen Center, with Emmy-winning KEYT-TV anchor Beth Farnsworth as guest host, leading a lively panel discussion with current and former members about the lasting impact of their experience.

The Biltmore-catered bash in the cavernous gymnasium was preceded by cocktails on the terrace and an entertaining performance by youngsters in the facility’s theater.

Girls Inc. awarded $477,233 in financial assistance in the form of sliding scale scholarships and sibling discounts last year, enabling 461 girls to attend after-school and CAMP IGNITE summer programs.

Among the gaggle of girlie groupies at the fun fete, co-chaired by Stina Hans, Caroline Thompson, Sarah Stokes, and Carrie Lundquist, were Ginni Dreier, Helene Schneider, Bill and Lois Rosen, Steve and Amber Ortiz, Gregg Hart, Paige Beard, Barbara Ben-Horin, MaryAnne Contreras, Geoff Green, Richard and Andrea Hutton, and Diana Villanueva.

Girls Inc. speaker 5th grader Fiona, CEO Barbara Ben-Horin, 10th grader Roz, and Tracy Jenkins (photo by Priscilla)
(Sitting) Deana Marie Gilson, Brandy Bogle, Sachi Thompson, and Jennifer Engmyr, with (standing) Kristen Blabey, Jay Gilson, Tom Blabey, and Meredith Tynes (photo by Priscilla)

Wedding Bells at Rosewood

Meghan Markle‘s ex-husband, Hollywood producer Trevor Engelson, 42, tied the knot with his 31-year-old fiancée Tracey Kurland at the Rosewood Miramar at the weekend.

It is almost a year to the day that USC graduate Engelson’s ex-wife walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, to marry Queen Elizabeth‘s grandson, Prince Harry, 34, becoming Duchess of Sussex.

Engelson proposed to Kurland, a nutritionist, last June on a tour of California wine country.

His previous marriage to the Suits actress lasted from September, 2011, to August, 2013, after they wed during a four-day affair in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, after dating for six years and getting engaged in 2010.

Classical Culmination 

Santa Barbara Symphony said au revoir to its 65th season at the Granada with a concert under veteran conductor Nir Kabaretti with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.

The late local Oscar-winning composer Elmer Bernstein’s Songs of Love and Loathing, which the symphony premiered in 1989, was admirably sung by mezzo-soprano Leann Sandel-Pantaleo.

The concert concluded with Dvorak’s euphoric Symphony No. 8.


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