20th Anniversary Fundraiser

By Lynda Millner   |   June 18, 2020
The SBMM gang handing out the takeout dinners for the fundraiser: first row co-chair David Bolton, Linda Stirling, and co-chair Cindy Makela; back row Chef Michael Blackwell, executive director Greg Gorga, and Carol Kallman

From the olden days fast forward to the current days for the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM). I remember when it first began and now is the 20th anniversary. With the pandemic, the Hawaiian themed party had to be cancelled. Instead supporters browsed and bid on online auction items to support SBMM children’s education program, lectures, new exhibits and other special events.

Guests also came to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club on event day to pick up takeout dinners for their evening faire at home. ZOOM allowed everyone to hear from the honorees – Shaun Tomson and Renny Yater. Shaun was named one of the ten greatest surfers of all time but he also has a Masterss degree in the science of leadership and many more credits. Renny Yater is a world famous surfboard builder. He and his generation in the ‘50s put surfing on the map.

Cindy Makela and David Bolton were co-chairs of this virtual fete. Yacht Club Chef Michael Blackwell did his best in the kitchen with SBMM executive director Greg Gorga looking on. Here’s to another successful 20 years!


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