Tag archives: Janet Garufis

Generous Grants from Garufis
By Richard Mineards   |   March 28, 2019

To mark its 44th anniversary, Montecito Bank & Trust hosted a grants reception at its majestic State Street headquarters when president and CEO Janet Garufis handed out checks worth $20,000 to 10 local charities. Along with the checks, the nonprofits also received a professionally produced one-minute promotional video. Employees of the bank, which since its […]

Influential Trio
By Richard Mineards   |   February 14, 2019

A tony triumvirate – Montecito Bank & Trust chairman Janet Garufis, former chairman of Raytheon Dan Burnham, and Sarah Chrisman, a co-founder of a Silicon Valley telecommunications company – has joined the board of the Santa Barbara Symphony. “Their experience and commitment to the arts in Santa Barbara is unparalleled,” says executive director Kevin Marvin. […]

Community Leaders Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   December 20, 2018

“The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB) has been around for 56 years and has given $108 million to over 50,000 students,” board president Don Logan told the 350 guests at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachside Resort. Every year the Foundation gives a luncheon to thank volunteers and donors for their help. Why does it […]

Scholarship Lunch
By Richard Mineards   |   December 13, 2018

Community leaders gathered at the Hilton for the annual Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara lunch. The 56-year-old organization, which started giving $100 awards, this year awarded $8.32 million in scholarships to 2,260 students from across the county, bringing the total to a handsome $108 million to more than 50,000 college-bound youngsters over the past five […]

Community Dividends Awards
By Richard Mineards   |   November 29, 2018

Montecito Bank & Trust celebrated the 16th anniversary of its Community Dividends Awards, with 188 non-profits sharing $1 million, at the Coral Casino. The program, started by the bank’s founder and philanthropist Michael Towbes, has donated $16 million since its inception. Mike, who died two years ago, used to describe it as “my favorite day […]

Celebrating 65 Years
By Lynda Millner   |   November 15, 2018

The Santa Barbara Symphony (SBS) took us back to the era of Supper Clubs in a sea of sapphire. The rotunda at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort never looked more beautiful. It was totally draped in royal-blue curtains. The ceiling turned magical as the sun set, the tiny lights looking like we were sitting […]

At the Table
By Richard Mineards   |   October 11, 2018

Jim and Stephanie Sokolove opened their beautiful Montecito estate, just a tiara’s toss from TV talk show titan Oprah Winfrey, for the fourth consecutive year to host the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s seventh annual Table of Life beano, chaired by Montecito Bank & Trust head honcho Janet Garufis, with more than 260 colorfully garbed […]

The Inn Crowd
By Lynda Millner   |   August 2, 2018

The Inn Crowd airs every Saturday night on KEYT News Channel 3. The Montecito Bank & Trust MClub headed up by Maria McCall took a gang of folks to the Carriage & Western Art Museum to watch a taping of the show and eat some pie. Chairman/CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, Janet Garufis, cannot […]

Fund and Games
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2018

It couldn’t have been a more perfect evening when the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara threw its 80th anniversary gala at the Heartstone Ranch in Carpinteria, with the 220 guests raising $200,000 for the popular organization. The super soirée, emceed by Montecito Bank & Trust chairman Janet Garufis and the ubiquitous Andrew Firestone, […]

Bank on it
By Richard Mineards   |   March 22, 2018

To mark its 43rd anniversary, Montecito Bank & Trust hosted a grants reception at its magestic State Street headquarters when president and CEO Janet Garufis handed out checks worth $20,000 to 10 local charities. Along with the checks, the nonprofits also received a short video professionally produced by cable giant Cox to promote their work. […]

Go Red for Women
By Lynda Millner   |   February 22, 2018

February not only includes Valentine’s Day, but it’s also a heart-healthy month with the “Go Red for Women” luncheon sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA). Emcee Kelsey Gerckens told the sold-out audience at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, “Heart disease is the biggest killer of women, more than all cancers combined. One woman dies every 80 […]