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2016 Site Visit Kick-Off | A Huge Success


This year’s Site Visit Kick-Off on September 29th attracted over 200 members and guests who gathered at The Fess Parker to hear from six of the seven local nonprofit agencies—the 2015-16 recipients of $470,000 in Women’s Fund grants last May.

The lively panel discussion, moderated by Carla Whitacre, featured agency representatives who detailed the meaningful contributions to the community that the grants have made possible. Armed with examples and stories of success, the panelists thanked the Women’s Fund at every turn for helping them make a difference in the south Santa Barbara county.

Read the Independent article written by Women’s Fund member Gail Arnold. In another article, Women’s Fund members, Mary Weimann and Leslie Dinaberg, captured the excitement and details of the day in the story prepared for Noozhawk.

To view more photos on our website, click here.


Thanks! our dedicated Site Visit volunteers led by Shelley Hurst and to our generous supporters and underwriters who—along with our members—ensured all Site Visit costs were underwritten.

Allen Construction
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Ashley Parker-Snider, WF Member
Carole MacElhenny, WF Founding Member
Santa Barbara Women's Imaging Center the Santa Barbara Foundation which provides valuable fiscal and administrative support to the all-volunteer Women's Fund of Santa Barbara. The Women's Fund is a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

There's a New Group in Town...Breast Friends

Pictured above (left to right) Sean Crawford, Dr. Laurel Hansch, Julie Salinas, Amy Andersen, Sallie Alvarez and Dr. Winifred Leung. (Not pictured: MaryLynn Rohrbach)

It all started with the generosity of Pueblo Radiology and Santa Barbara Women’s Imaging Center, who underwrote the Women’s Fund Individual Membership reception last June. From there, it blossomed. Following the event, Julie Salinas and Dr. Winnie Leung, both on staff at Pueblo Radiology, expressed interest in the Women’s Fund and the work we accomplish. So Nancy Harter—Women’s Fund Steering Co-Chair and spouse of the President of Pueblo Radiology, Larry Harter, M.D.—invited them to attend the New and Prospective Members’ Reception, held in August.

Julie attended the reception and came away with the idea to start a group and open it to any fellow employees who wanted to join. Success! Membership in Breast Friends now stands at seven, with all members contributing and Pueblo Radiology underwriting a portion of the group’s sponsorship.

Nancy correlates the formation of Breast Friends to workplaces who sponsor Fantasy Football teams. It’s a team-builder in the workplace and a win for our Santa Barbara community.

What a great way to bring new members to the Women’s Fund—businesses who employ groups of women and want to share the benefits of workplace collegiality and give to their community. If this rings a bell, please reach out to the Women’s Fund membership committee to help you or a friend start another workplace group.

We Welcomed 25 New Members in September...

...13 of these new members joined at the Site Visit Kick-Off.

Sallie Alvarez, Amy Anderson, Deborah Carlen, Margot Clarke, Molly Corbett, Sean Crawford, Tanya Gonzales, Patricia Gregory (Individual and Group memberships), Laurel Hansch, Nan Holt, Virginia Johns, Barbara Koutnik, Mary Ellen Kullman, Ruth Kyes, Winifred Leung, Sam Mc Ilraith, Michelle McIntosh, Kristi Newton, MaryLynn Rohrbach, Julie Salinas, Christine Smith, Nancy van Gelder, Karen van Horn and Kristen Weaver.

Thank you for choosing to join the Women’s Fund!

Register for Personalized Site Visits

Learn how Women’s Fund grantees are Changing Lives
Registration for the 2016 Site Visits is now open. These small-group visits have been especially designed by our grantees for Women’s Fund members and guests. They are being offered from late October through early December.

There is still availability, so click here to learn more and register today. Registration closes October 16.


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