Tag archives: awards

Achievement Over Lunch
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

The Association for Women in Communication Santa Barbara hosted its 16th annual Women of Achievement awards lunch at the Cabrillo Pavilion honoring four outstanding educators. The 155 guests were welcomed by co-chairs Brooke Holland and Judith Smith-Meyer with honorees including Katya Armistead, an assistant vice chancellor and Dean of Student life at UCSB; Yolanda Medina-Garcia, […]

Explore Ecology Annual Environmental Steward Awards 2024
By Joanne A Calitri   |   May 7, 2024

Congratulations to the Explore Ecology (EE) Annual Environmental Steward 2024 Award winners, officially celebrated on Sunday, April 28, at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival onstage in the Kids Corner. Each year, the EE group invites the public to submit their nominations for these important award categories of local schools and clubs. The EE team […]

Foundational Persons
By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2023

Eight decades of history were celebrated when the Santa Barbara Foundation held its 80th Persons of the Year awards at the socially gridlocked Hilton rotunda for 280 guests. “We are fortunate to be able to celebrate two truly inspirational role models in our community at Person of the Year,” noted Jackie Carrera, foundation president and […]

BRAVO to these Women Leaders
By Richard Mineards   |   March 28, 2023

To the Hilton Garden Inn where the Santa Barbara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners hosted its annual BRAVO Awards lunch celebrating eight women as community, industry, and business leaders. This year’s 109-guest ceremony, titled “Dream Big, Power On,” was the largest since the awards launched nine years ago, and was created […]

Explore Ecology
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 28, 2023

Imagine an artistic hub in downtown Santa Barbara brimming with materials, tools, ideas, and creativity, a curated and dynamic gathering space where community members are welcome to imagine, invent, create and collaborate, all in an ecologically friendly way.  That’s the idea behind a new vision for the Art From Scrap (AFS) workshop as a permanent […]

By Richard Mineards   |   March 7, 2023

TV Santa Barbara and our Eden by the Beach hosted the two-day Alliance for Community Media (ACM) Western Region conference and trade show, with events at the station’s South Salinas Street studio, the Mar Monte Hotel and a welcome reception for 100 guests which I attended at the Cabrillo Pavilion. The conference, which attracted 168 […]

A Beautiful Evening
By Richard Mineards   |   October 4, 2022

Social gridlock reigned at the Music Academy when Santa Barbara Beautiful staged its 58th annual award celebration with 200 guests at the Kuehn Court reception with wandering musical troubadours Ted Hoagland, Chris Judge, and Collin Richardson. The awards celebration was staged in the Lehman Ballroom, emceed by ubiquitous KEYT-TV reporter John Palminteri, with a welcome […]

Top Students Earn Leadership Awards
By Scott Craig   |   April 26, 2022

Two Westmont students won David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards for showing vision, courage, humility, integrity, and competence as leaders. Angela D’Amour, dean of student engagement, introduced the 22nd annual awardees, Ebun Kalejaiye (’23) of Rancho Palos Verdes and Eden Lawson (’24) of Redlands, on April 1 in chapel.  Kalejaiye serves as co-leader of the […]

Hope in Education: Annual Award Ceremony Returns
By Carly Williams   |   March 29, 2022

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s annual Hope Awards will mark its return to the Historical Museum on April 28 after the pandemic scuttled the in-person gala in 2021. The doors to the Historical Museum will open at 5:30 pm to an evening of local food, drink, and a chance to show some extra support. The […]

Oscar Goes to Santa Barbara
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 3, 2022

Academy Award aficionados and other Oscarologists will have a field day at SBIFF ‘22 all within the fest’s first few days. All five nominated directors (including Steven Spielberg!) appear at the Arlington on March 3, followed by Kristen Stewart on March 4, the now nine-strong Virtuosos Award in the wake of the Writers’ (with eight […]

Miramar Receives Accolades
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 4, 2021

Rosewood Miramar Beach announced last week that it has received distinguished accolades from three leading travel authorities. The distinctions include a Gold Badge in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Hotels rankings, as well as being named the best hotel in Santa Barbara and the ninth best hotel in California by the publication. This […]

Arts in Lockdown #20: The NAMM Show and She Rocks Awards 2021
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 25, 2021

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) held its annual Los Angeles trade show online this year January 18 through 22, along with the annual She Rocks Awards. The NAMM Foundation’s Believe in Music bravely took to the virtual platform to bring all its usual content to its members across all time zones, using the Swapcard […]

Bravo, Brad!
By Richard Mineards   |   January 30, 2020

There was not a seat to be had at the 2,000-seat Arlington Theatre, with some selling for $500 a ducat on eBay, when Brad Pitt, an Oscar nominee for his role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, was presented with the Maltin Modern Masters Award, adding to his Golden Globe, Critics Choice […]

American Institute of Architects
By Lynda Millner   |   January 2, 2020

The president of the American Institute of Architects (AIASB), Robert Ooley, FAIA, called to see if I could attend their annual gala dinner, this year at the University Club. The Club had on its festive attire and so did the guests. The Santa Barbara Chapter is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary of service and excellence in […]

Beauty and the Beach
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2019

The Music Academy of the West suffered social gridlock when Santa Barbara Beautiful hosted its 55th annual awards, co-chaired by Mark Whitehurst and Kerry Methner, at the Miraflores campus. Ubiquitous KEYT-TV senior reporter John Palminteri emceed the ceremony in the Lehmann Ballroom after a welcome by organization president Penny Haberman, who revealed SBB had provided […]

Together We Can
By Richard Mineards   |   October 3, 2019

What a difference a year makes! Last year’s guests at the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s annual Gold Ribbon lunch were sheltering from the pouring rain under a large tent erected on the main lawn at the Biltmore. This year the 378 supporters of the 7th annual event, who raised around $250,000 for the nonprofit, were […]

Scholarship Foundation Fête
By Richard Mineards   |   June 13, 2019

Social gridlock reigned when 620 guests packed the Hilton’s ballroom for the 25th annual South Coast Business and Technology Awards which raised around $300,000 for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, its most successful event to date. The fun fête, co-chaired by Arnold Brier, general counsel of Yardi Systems and uber realtor Renee Grubb, featured […]

Employees of the Year Honored at Brunch
By Scott Craig   |   June 6, 2019

Westmont honored a number of employees for their outstanding contributions at the May 9 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Brunch, an annual ceremony that recognizes individual work anniversaries and accomplishments. President Gayle D. Beebe and members of the college’s executive team selected the recipients from a peer-nominated pool. An endowment set up by the late Bruce […]

Entrepreneurship Awards
By Lynda Millner   |   June 6, 2019

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) presented their Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) awards at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort celebrating women entrepreneurs and supporting student entrepreneurship as well. During the cocktail hour held in the rotunda we got a chance to meet the high school and college winners of the New Venture Challenge given by Scheinfeld […]

Women in Communication
By Lynda Millner   |   May 2, 2019

This was the 12th annual Women of Achievement (WOA) awards luncheon.  It was given at the El Paseo Restaurant – a luncheon honoring women “Who Make a Difference with Stories that Matter.” The Association for Women in Communications (AWC-SB) is the only chapter in the state of California. Their membership includes authors, journalists and broadcasters; […]