Ten space nonprofits have been acknowledged throughout Montecito Financial institution & Belief’s annual Anniversary Grants award reception that additionally celebrated the financial institution’s almost 50 years in existence.
The occasion was held March 17 on the Santa Barbara Historic Museum.
A consultant on behalf of every nonprofit accepted a verify for $3,000 rather than a $2,000 verify historically gifted to recipients — which was elevated to commemorate the financial institution’s forty seventh anniversary — in addition to a quick promotional video showcasing every group’s extraordinary work, a financial institution spokeswoman mentioned.
The Anniversary Grants program was launched in 1993 by the financial institution’s late founder, Michael Towbes, as a significant solution to acknowledge standout nonprofits within the space and to every 12 months have fun Montecito Financial institution & Belief’s anniversary. By way of this system, financial institution associates are also given a say within the path of the financial institution’s company giving efforts.
Consistent with Towbes’ want, 2022 recipients have been hand-selected by financial institution staff after they campaigned, rallied and voted for the organizations that meant essentially the most to them, the spokeswoman mentioned.
This 12 months’s recipients have been as follows: the Alzheimer’s Affiliation, C.A.R.E.4Paws, Channel Islands YMCA, El Centro SB, FLAMENCO Santa Barbara, Free Clinic of Simi Valley, kidSTREAM, PATH (Folks Helping the Homeless) Santa Barbara Chapter, Santa Barbara Choral Society and Zaca Middle Preschool.
The Jerry Mother or father Anniversary Grants Legacy Award was additionally introduced to the Alpha Useful resource Middle, “a corporation that made a big and sustainable influence on a local people,” based on financial institution officers.
Financial institution chairman and CEO Janet Garufis mentioned this 12 months’s occasion was made additional particular resulting from it coinciding with the thirtieth 12 months of the Anniversary Grants program, in addition to the return to an in-person gathering after the reception was pressured to go digital in 2021 amid pandemic issues.
“Regardless of the persevering with presence of a world pandemic, in 2021 our associates devoted greater than 5,400 hours serving on boards, educating monetary literacy and cybersecurity curriculums and volunteering with organizations all through our neighborhood,” Garufis defined.
“I can consider no higher solution to honor our financial institution’s anniversary than by recognizing our associates — the guts of our financial institution — and the organizations that imply a lot to them,” she mentioned. “I’m so happy with the work our groups do every day, and am grateful for the work this [year’s] recipients proceed to do all through our communities.”
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