Tag archives: Girls Inc

Women of Inspiration
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2022

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria celebrated empowering women and girls at its annual Women of Inspiration luncheon recently. And what could be a more powerful example than a NASA rocket scientist, Tracy Van Houten, to give the keynote speech? Tracy is a lead engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She calls herself a STEMinist (Science, […]

An Evening in Bloom
By Lynda Millner   |   October 12, 2021

The 1920s came roaring into Carpinteria to the Girls Inc. facility recently for their annual “An Evening in Bloom” fundraiser. Two-hundred folks dug into their closets and found furs and feathers, ropes of pearls, glitter and glam, even a gentleman in a real raccoon coat that his family owned. There was a gambling casino (proceeds […]

Extraordinary Moment: SB Polo & Racquet Club Makes Welcomed Return
By Richard Mineards   |   May 13, 2021

Crowds of members packed the clubhouse and tiered seating at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club when the Carpinteria equestrian facility opened its doors for the first time in more than a year after the pandemic restrictions were eased. “This really is an extraordinary moment,” said club manager David Sigman. “It couldn’t have been […]

Let’s Hear it for the Girls
By Richard Mineards   |   January 14, 2021

Having completed five years leading Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, Barbara Ben-Horin is leaving the pro-girl nonprofit. Since joining the organization in January 2016 it has expanded its Teen Center programming, overhauled its emergency planning, and advanced its advocacy efforts on behalf of girls’ rights and opportunities. “I deeply believe in Girls Inc.’s vision […]

Up to the Challenge
By Lynda Millner   |   October 29, 2020

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria hosted its eighth annual “An Evening in Bloom” but with a different twist this year and the community “showed” up. Their bold goal was $250,000. So far they are just over $230,000 and still counting! The usually elegant affair at the Girls Inc. campus was quiet this year because of the […]

Montecito Firefighters Donate AEDs
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 23, 2020

The Montecito Firefighters Charitable Foundation (MFCF) has donated two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines and response kits to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. AED machines are portable, life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. According to the FDA, the combination of CPR and early defibrillation is effective in saving lives when used in […]

Girls Take the Lead
By Megan Waldrep   |   March 12, 2020

Gwyn Lurie sits in the back office of the Montecito Journal. Mock-ups of issues are fanned to one side as she types on her laptop at her long wooden desk. A large-scale photograph by Alan Kozlowski is propped on the wall behind her screen, waiting to be hung. The image titled “The Lake of Turquoise […]

The Path Of Most Resistance
By Lynda Millner   |   October 17, 2019

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara gave its 18th annual celebration luncheon at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Their theme was “The Path of Most Resistance: Effecting Change Through Perseverance.” The emcee for the event was Sofia, who has been a Girls Inc. gal since kindergarten and it shows with all her confidence at […]

An Evening in Bloom
By Lynda Millner   |   October 3, 2019

The Girls Inc. of Carpinteria gym became a Polynesian paradise for their “An Evening in Bloom” themed fundraiser. Orchids abounded including leis for the guests. All the ladies wore flowered prints and guys got out their Hawaiian shirts. Mai Tais were de rigueur during cocktail hour and the silent auction was busy. The evening was […]

Scholarship Soirée
By Richard Mineards   |   May 16, 2019

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 […]

Women of Inspiration
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2018

Women of Inspiration was the perfect title for the Carpinteria Girls Inc. annual luncheon where women of inspiration are honored. This one was honoring the memory of global activist Nancy Koppelman. Nancy’s daughter, Renee, accepted the Women of Inspiration award on behalf of her mother and told what it was like to have her for […]

Happy Birthday
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2018

Who doesn’t like birthday parties? Girls Inc. had 220 guests at their 60th one held in their Goleta facility. The decorations reminded me of the “olden days” when getting a new box of shiny colored Crayons was a big deal – never mind cell phones, since there weren’t any. There were balloons and brightly wrapped […]