Early education was the focus of the Classic Storybook Luncheon presented by Women United at the Coral Casino. Noting that women are a catalyst for social change, Women United Leadership Team Chair Susan Hersberger discussed the group’s commitment to raising money to support school-based programming to improve opportunities for local children. Hope School Principal Barbara LaCorte drew attention to specific programs that have helped children to succeed in school, especially when social, economic or other factors may cause delays. From left, Jelinda DeVorzon, Andria Kahmann (Women United Leadership Team), “Belle” and Gloria Clark.
Entrepreneur Kathy Ireland was the keynote speaker for the Women United luncheon. In recounting her career, she noted that an early love of learning and the ability to read were core skills needed to succeed. She emphasized that supporting education is an investment in people. (Fun tidbit: After seeing a News-Press advertisement for a delivery carrier position stating “Are you the boy for the job?,” Ms. Ireland — at age 11 — wrote back, “I’m the girl,” and launched her first career!) From left, Hope School Principal Barbara LaCorte, Ms. Ireland and Women United Leadership Team Chair Susan Hersberger.
Julie Capritto, left, emeritus board president, gave a beautiful introduction to her good friend, executive director Jan Campbell, for Domestic Violence Solutions’ 11th Annual Luncheon. The fundraiser supports DVS, which provides shelter, safety and support for those in abusive domestic situations. Ms. Campbell addressed the crowd at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara: “We seamlessly connect our services with community partners” and provide a long list, from Child Abuse Listening Mediation to Transition House. She paid tribute to the dedication and contributions of the board: “A smart and supportive board is everything a CEO would want … and DVS has this in spades.”
Former DVS client America Preciado (with daughter Phoebe Ramirez) was the Passion Speaker and summed up the nonprofit’s work with words of praise: “When we thought no one could help us, DVS welcomed us with hugs and open arms — it was the first night we felt safe. They provided therapy, hygienic items and referral agencies to help with my son’s depression. They helped us to have ‘survival mentality’ rather than ‘helpless victim.’ The 24-hour hot line was an absolute blessing for us. They helped me with self-esteem, to be safe with my children. I’m not ashamed anymore.”