Tag archives: Kerri Murray

A Prized Piece
By Richard Mineards   |   November 8, 2022

Santa Barbara’s United Nations Association has awarded the local nonprofit ShelterBox USA, which has helped with more than 100 disasters in over 100 countries since 2000, its sixth annual Peace Prize. Current deployments include Ukraine, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Syria. Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox, which was nominated for a Nobel Peace […]

United Nations Association of Santa Barbara Awards 2022 Peace Prize to ShelterBox USA
By Sharon Byrne   |   November 1, 2022

On Monday, October 24, International United Nations Day, a huge crowd descended on Pascucci on State Street for the awarding of the 6th Annual United Nations Association (UNA) Santa Barbara Peace Prize. Created in 2017 by the United Nations of Santa Barbara, the Prize is awarded to individuals or organizations to recognize their work in […]

Tacos and Tequila for a Cause 
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2022

International locally-based charity ShelterBox raised around $250,000 from 175 guests at a Tacos and Tequila party at the Summerland estate of John McGovern, who also received this year’s Community Partnership Award from president Kerri Murray. The sunset soirée, an immersive experience of the charity’s lifesaving work, included interactive demonstrations of shelters and equipment, used in […]

ShelterBox Hosts Benefit Concert for Ukraine Efforts
By Montecito Journal   |   June 14, 2022

Local residents were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon when a group of renowned musicians played a backyard benefit to raise awareness for ShelterBox, a Santa Barbara-based global disaster relief organization, that is providing much needed help to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine. The audience picnicked on blankets and lawn chairs, relaxing […]

The Locals Helping Ukraine
By Zach Rosen   |   May 31, 2022

While Ukraine can seem very far away and hard to help from here, these are some stories of local organizations and people that are helping Ukrainians both close by and afar.  ShelterBox USA For years ShelterBox USA has been helping communities in crisis around the world, even being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in […]

On a Mission to Address the Vulnerable
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 23, 2021

ShelterBox’s reason for being is because human displacement is one of the biggest issues plaguing our planet, one that’s increasing as time goes on. Over the last year, the nonprofit reports, the number of people displaced due to conflicts, natural disasters, or the consequences of climate change has grown to 113 million people, a staggering […]

Shelter From the Storms
By Lynda Millner   |   December 10, 2020

In case you’ve never heard of a ShelterBox, it’s a big green box filled with lifesaving items for families the world over who have lost their homes due to a disaster. The ShelterBox headquarters are right here in Santa Barbara. They recently had a virtual fundraiser, livestreamed, and raised more than $250,000. Since 2000, ShelterBox […]

Tesla Investor Takes Tuscan-style Home
By Richard Mineards   |   November 26, 2020

One of the major investors in the electric car giant Tesla has splashed out $18 million on a new Montecito home and is moving here from Beverly Hills. Alan Salzman, 63, heads VantagePoint Capital Partners and owns 7 million shares in the auto company worth more than $2.3 billion. His new hilltop Tuscan-style property was […]

Easy as Pandemic Pie
By Richard Copelan   |   April 9, 2020

Watch out Martha Stewart! Santa Barbara-based ShelterBox USA president Kerri Murray has launched a new Facebook channel Cooking Through Corona, in which she and guest culinary wizards, including award-winning writer and actress Leslie Zemeckis, and Johnnie-Lee and Mazzy-Lee Gore, daughters of Depeche Mode rocker Martin and Kerrie Gore. Leslie is sharing her secret recipes for […]

ShelterBox
By Lynda Millner   |   October 3, 2019

Every minute twenty people are forcibly displaced, driven by conflict to flee their homes.” There is an organization called ShelterBox located both here and Florida which since 2000 has sought to help. John McGovern opened his Summerland home and gardens to the group to promote and make local folks aware of their work. Tequila and […]

All Hands on Deck
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2019

ShelterBox, the Santa Barbara-based charity, has had its hands full of late with a whole slew of global disasters, most recently in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian. More than 250 guests turned out at the Summerland estate of John McGovern for a sunset fundraiser, which garnered around $250,000 for the 19-year-old nonprofit, which has responded […]

Rock Out
By Richard Mineards   |   May 16, 2019

The amazons ruled when Girls Rock, which helps youngsters through music and arts appreciation, threw a third annual beach bash at the rustic Carpinteria home of music entrepreneur Marla McNally Phillips and her husband Lee. Our Eden by the Beach is home to the largest Girls Rock program in the world, says president Kerri Murray, […]

Into the Fold
By Richard Mineards   |   March 14, 2019

Lotusland hosted a fabulous feast of folded artwork with its new opening representing the work of 12 renowned origami artists throughout the U.S. The overflow crowd for Lotusland in Origami: Flora, Fauna, and Ganna included Asian art historian Meher McArthur and Montecito’s own artist Holly Sherwin, co-curators. Origami is no longer limited to Japan, with […]

Commending Quaid
By Richard Mineards   |   November 29, 2018

Actor Dennis Quaid, who was in our Eden by the Beach for the FestForums annual conference at the Hilton, took time out after receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award to tour the ShelterBox tent and talk at length with chief honcho, Kerri Murray. “He is very passionate about helping kids and vulnerable children around the world,” […]

Helping Hands
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2018

ShelterBox, the Santa Barbara-based charity, has had its hand full of late with a whole slew of global disasters, most recently in the Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. More than 250 guests turned out at the Summerland estate of John McGovern for its second annual fundraiser, which raised more than $250,000 for the 18-year-old nonprofit, […]

Where the Girls are
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2018

The amazons ruled when Girls Rock, which helps youngsters through music and arts appreciation, threw a beach bash at the rustic Carpinteria home of music entrepreneur Marla McNally Phillips and her husband, Lee. Our tony town is home to the largest Girls Rock program in the world, says president Kerri Murray, who is also president […]

Girls Rock SB Spring Soirée
By Chantal Peterson   |   May 14, 2018

On a private beach front property off Padaro Lane, Girls Rock Santa Barbara celebrated another year of empowering young girls through music, creative expression, and performance at their spring seaside soirée. Guests gathered on a sun-glazed patio under the warm light of an early sunset, welcomed by a host of volunteers, program participants, as well […]

Kerri & Camilla at Clarence
By Richard Mineards   |   February 15, 2018

Santa Barbara resident Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA, had lunch with Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, at her London home, Clarence House, last week. It was the second time the tony twosome had met, given the wife of Prince Charles also visited the charity’s new British HQ and visitors center in Truro, Cornwall, last […]

Murray Christmas at Nasdaq
By Richard Mineards   |   December 7, 2017

Kerri Murray, president of the Santa Barbara based charity, ShelterBox USA, had one of her more ap-peal-ing assignments the other day in New York. The popular nonprofit was selected to participate in the ringing of the bell opening ceremony at Nasdaq’s headquarters in Manhattan’s Times Square on Giving Tuesday, with Kerri doing the honors along […]