SBCC Moving Forward

By Richard Mineards   |   May 30, 2023
Laurie Ashton, Carola Nicholson, Jim Youngson, Michelle Lee Pickett, J.D. (photo by Nell Campbell)

After days of May gray, the sun shone brightly when Santa Barbara City College Foundation hosted its 4th annual Spring Forward! gala on the campus’s Great Meadow with 320 guests raising around $450,000 for general funds.

Chief Executive Officer Geoff Green welcomed the supportive crowd of staff, faculty, college trustees and volunteers, and auctioned off a number of attractive lots including Cocktails with a View – donated by Seasons Catering and the college, using its sports press box as the venue for 24 invitees; a private event catered by the talented students of the college’s School of Culinary Arts under chef Roberto Lopez Carrillo with wine donated by the Potek Winery; a weekend getaway to Manhattan with four Broadway show tickets; and a Santa Barbara Film Festival staycation with platinum passes to the 11-day event, restaurant gift cards, and two nights at the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott.

The foundation provides around $5 million annually for the SBCC Promise, student success programs, scholarships, book grants, and emergency funds as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities, and pursue lifelong learning goals.

Supporters included Mayor Randy Rowse, Congressman Salud Carbajal, Steve and Amber Ortiz, Fred Kass, Gregg Hart, Monique Limón, Rinaldo and Lalla Brutoco, Todd Aldrich, Nina Dunbar, David Selberg, Frank Schipper, Frank and Marika Tabar, Das Williams, Peter and Kathryn Martin, David and Easter Moorman, Karl and Nancy Hutterer, and Barry and Norris Goss.


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