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United Way Celebrates a Century of Service
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 16, 2023

As might be expected with an organization that has been around for 100 years, there have been a lot of changes at United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) over the course of a century of service that began in 1923. Originally known as the Santa Barbara Community Chest, the nonprofit’s model focused almost exclusively […]

Changing Course: United Way Alters Path to Help Serve More
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 15, 2021

For a relatively large and well-established nonprofit organization in our community, United Way of Santa Barbara County over the last few years has demonstrated the ability to respond quickly to current circumstances — not so much as an about face or even a course correction, but more of an adapting to changing needs to meet […]

Seeing Red
By Richard Mineards   |   October 17, 2019

A record 260 guests were seeing red when United Way of Santa Barbara County threw its 23rd annual Red Feather Ball “Red State of Mind” at the Coral Casino, raising around $300,000 for the award-winning Fun in the Sun summer enrichment program and the United for Literacy Initiative. Montecito event whiz Merryl Brown draped the […]

A Storybook Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   March 21, 2019

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” René Descartes When I was a little girl (a thousand years ago) the big collectible was Storybook dolls. They were a little smaller than a Barbie, which came later, and arrived in white boxes with either blue or […]

Tale as Old as Time
By Richard Mineards   |   March 14, 2019

The Amazons were out in force when United Way’s Women United hosted its second annual event, a Classic Storybook lunch at the Coral Casino, with the 200 guests expected to raise around $100,000 to help the charity’s literacy programs for children. Former supermodel turned business tycoon Montecito-based Kathy Ireland spoke eloquently at the Beauty and […]

Coral Sunset
By Lynda Millner   |   October 25, 2018

It really was a Coral (Casino) Sunset when United Way gave its 22nd annual Red Feather Ball. The late Katherine Abercrombie is the honorary chair in perpetuity. She created the Red Feather Ball in 1997 after hearing the story of the Red Feather and how it came to symbolize giving during the Depression Era Community […]

Fun in the Sun
By Lynda Millner   |   August 2, 2018

The Music Academy of the West probably never had a more lively campus than the other day when 350 Fun in the Sun kids visited for some fun in the sun. I had a bit of a problem getting there because of a school bus stuck in the gate and driveway. It was so stuck […]

Girl Power
By Richard Mineards   |   March 8, 2018

The Amazons ruled when United Way launched Women United with a debut lunch for 150 guests at the Hotel Californian. The new all-female group’s intent is to strengthen the local community through a focused investment of talent, compassion, and philanthropy and expand educational opportunities for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. The socially gridlocked bash, […]