SANTA BARBARA — Thursday was a big day for the Foothills Forever fundraiser.
A long-time local business woman made a $5 million grant through her foundation on Thursday, bringing the total amount of money raised to a little over $17 million.
The fundraiser only needs $1.6 million more by Tuesday to purchase the property.
The effort has garnered the support of more than 4,300 community members, from $5 million anonymous donations to children selling eggs to their neighbors and donating the proceeds.
Fundraisers now have three days left to reach $18.6 million to purchase the San Marcos Foothills West Mesa, preventing eight new homes, guest houses and associated development and landscaping.
Supporters hope to permanently protect and preserve the 101-acre property and add it to the 200-acre San Marcos Foothills Preserve.
To learn more or make a donation, visit foothillsforever.org.
— Grayce McCormick