Tag archives: Leslie Ridley Tree

Raising a Paddle for the Hats
By Richard Mineards   |   June 20, 2023

It was really a hair-raising event when extensive millinery and glorious vintages of wine from the Birnam Wood home of the late uber philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree, who moved to more heavenly pastures at the age of 98 in October, were auctioned off at Moving Miss Daisy’s Consignment and Auction House and the Louis John Boutique […]

The Leslie Ridley-Tree Estate
By Richard Mineards   |   February 28, 2023

The former Birnam Wood home of uber philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree, who died in October at the age of 98, has hit the market for $7.95 million. The 4,900-square-foot, single-story home on 1.06 acres, which I last visited for Leslie’s Christmas party, is just a tiara’s toss from the tony enclave’s clubhouse. Her extensive 700-piece wardrobe, […]

An Open Letter to the Santa Barbara Community
By Montecito Journal   |   October 18, 2022

We knew Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree as the “Philanthropist of Santa Barbara.” As we lay her to rest, her presence in our city will continue as we pass by the many buildings and plaques that carry her name: The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic; the Ridley-Tree Education Center at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; […]

Honoring Ridley-Tree, Her Generosity
By Scott Craig   |   October 11, 2022

The Westmont community mourns the passing of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, whose generosity made a profound impact on the college and touched the lives of many people and organizations in the Santa Barbara community. She personified what it means to be a true philanthropist. “She’s one of the most remarkable human beings to walk the face […]

She Was a Lady Like No Other
By James Buckley   |   October 11, 2022

Just before 8 am Monday morning the third of October 2022, ninety-eight-year-old Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree breathed her last at her home in Birnam Wood, with her daughter Suzette at her side. Leslie was a Lady in every sense of the word. Her late husband, Paul, was indeed the son of a Lord and he always […]

An Open Letter to the Santa Barbara Community from the Family of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
By Montecito Journal   |   October 6, 2022

We knew Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree as the “Philanthropist of Santa Barbara.” As we lay her to rest, her presence in our city will continue as we pass by the many buildings and plaques that carry her name: The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic, the Ridley-Tree Education Center at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, […]

Honoring Our Mothers
By Lynda Millner   |   May 24, 2022

VNA Health (formally known as Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care) just held its 21st Mother’s Day Luncheon, presented by Lady Leslie Ridley–Tree at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel. It began with mimosas alongside photos on the lawn and ended up in the luxe ballroom for lunch. One lady remarked, “This room makes me want to […]

Nothing ‘Uncanny’ About Talented Local Artists
By Scott Craig   |   May 24, 2022

The abundance of accomplished artists from the Tri-County area is on full display at the annual juried exhibition in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Westmont alumnus and hyperrealist painter Robin Eley ‘01 juried the show, Uncanny, which is available May 19 to June 18. A free, public opening reception for the exhibition is Thursday, […]

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Brings World-Class Treatment to Our Community
By Zach Rosen   |   March 29, 2022

Virtually everyone knows someone who has had, or is being treated for, cancer. This disease has become a prevalent threat in our everyday lives. For those who have been around the treatment process, it can be a scary and challenging time for both the individual and their loved ones. At Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, the entire […]

Seeing Through Vincent’s Eyes
By Lynda Millner   |   March 22, 2022

Wow! The old 1912 post office never looked better since its $50 million makeover into one of the finest art museums on the West Coast. And what could be more exciting than a Vincent van Gogh exhibit, Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources, with 20 of his works mounted right here in our […]

Lauding Lady Leslie
By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2019

A torrent of tony tête toppers filled the Biltmore’s Loggia Ballroom when Montecito uber philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree, dressed immaculately in pink with magnificent millinery from Fenwicks of London, celebrated the 45th anniversary of her half century. The boffo bash was hosted by the Lady of Largesse’s many friends including Hiroko Benko, Bob and Val Montgomery, […]

Happy Campers
By Richard Mineards   |   August 29, 2019

Memories reigned supreme when Santa Barbara Zoo held its 34th annual Zoofari gala with a Summer Camp theme, billed as “more fun than jumping off a dock and more exciting than flashlight tag.” More than 600 guests, dressed in camp counselor T-shirts, cargo shorts, lifeguard outfits, safari attire, flip flops, and hiking boots, converged on […]

Meet Me at the Granada
By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2019

The venerable Granada was the place to be when UCSB Arts & Lectures hosted the world premiere of the multi-talented 15-strong Silkroad Ensemble’s Heroes Take Their Stands with a 90-minute, five-piece concert, making ample use of the theater’s state of the art movie screen. Of particular note was Bharatanatyam dancer Aparna Ramaswamy, who added an […]

Tiara Ball 2019
By Lynda Millner   |   February 14, 2019

They called it the “Party of the Year” held at the Ritz-Carlton Bacarato benefit critical care services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. It was a sellout with 511 attendees in spite of the rainstorm. The gentlemen were elegant in black tie and the ladies with long gowns, many topped with tiaras. Wearing a tiara must […]

Enchanting El Encanto
By Richard Mineards   |   December 20, 2018

Belmond El Encanto, the hotel aerie on the Riviera, hosted a polo party with Texan promotional dynamo Charles Ward and yours truly, which also welcomed the tony hostelry’s new manager, Colleen Huther, and sales executive Rob Roche, who has moved to our Eden by the Beach from the Peninsula in Beverly Hills. A model of […]

Mind Over Matter
By Richard Mineards   |   December 6, 2018

The Alzheimer’s Association held its fifth anniversary Your Brain Matters lunch at the Hilton, with a special tribute to longtime supporter, sweet Swede Gerd Jordano, co-founder of the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative. The boffo bash for 500 guests, chaired by Leslie Ridley–Tree, raised around $250,000 and honored actress Sarah Rafferty, who co-starred with Meghan Markle – […]

94 and Counting
By Richard Mineards   |   September 6, 2018

Montecito über philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree celebrated the 44th anniversary of her 50th birthday with a pizza party hosted by her good friend, Christopher Toomey. The 50 guests noshed on pies from Christopher’s pizza oven before wishing her a rousing Happy Birthday. An amazing lady.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship
By Lynda Millner   |   June 28, 2018

The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (formerly The Fess Parker) was the venue for the 2018 Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Awards. An exciting event for the 33 finalists, all women, being judged in 11 categories with three finalists in each. The SOE Foundation is to support entrepreneurship at all levels in our area and to […]

Rock on
By Richard Mineards   |   March 8, 2018

Montecito mega philanthropist Leslie Ridley-Tree is a rock star. The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation has declared Leslie, the CEO of Pacific Air Industries in Los Angeles, its new Rock Star: Life Achievement Award recipient. Leslie, who has given millions to innumerable local organizations, including Cottage Hospital, the Granada, and All Saints by the Sea Episcopal […]