Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s “An Evening in Bloom” Goes Virtual With Community Fundraising Competition

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will host its 8th Annual “An Evening in Bloom” virtually this year due to the pandemic, but the organization promises to keep things exciting. In place of the reception held on the Girls Inc. campus, the event kicked off August 24 with a virtual “Challenge for Change” competition in which teams will compete to raise money and earn prizes.Mary Crowley and her husband Bill

The month-long challenge will end with a virtual wrap party on September 25, held in honor of Mary Crowley, a longtime Girls Inc. of Carpinteria supporter and past board member who was dedicated to giving back to the Carpinteria community. Crowley passed away in January 2020 following a long battle with cancer.

“Mary was an exceptional example of strong, smart, and bold, and she left an inspirational legacy that enables us to continue our work delivering life-changing programs to local girls and teens. She dedicated years of service as a trustee and was heavily involved in our Taste of Carpinteria event,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.

“We are committed to offering out-of-school care for families in the fall to help with distance learning and all the funds raised from this virtual event will support our continued efforts. We hope to inspire others to join in and invest in our community’s future leaders,” she added.

As the only licensed program offering support to school-aged children in Carpinteria amid the pandemic, the nonprofit has set a bold goal of raising $250,000 to ensure that no child is turned away.

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria reopened its doors on June 1 with new protocols and safety measures in place to protect the health of its members and staff. The organization provides distance learning support to girls in coordination with each school, classroom and teacher as much as possible, in addition to offering out-of-school programming in the form of its early literacy program, homework assistance and a STEM-focused curriculum. Girls Inc. staff have also continued to support members remotely through wellness sessions, virtual academic support, virtual hangouts, deliveries of supplies and books, and more.

Community members are encouraged to join an existing team to help support Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Challenge for Change. For more information, to join a team, or to make a donation, click here or visit

The virtual event on September 25, filmed at Westerlay Orchids, will feature a live auction, impact stories, special recognition for Mary and her family, and an event ask.

Bloom 2020 sponsors and current donors include: Greenleaf Landscapes, Westerlay Orchids, Allison Krist, Amanda Magnuson, Andrea Oliver, Andrea Lionello, Angelina Lane, Aubrey Johnson, Autumn Brands, Barry & Katarzyna Brand, Bernice & Jody Giles, Bill Ahern, Blair Naretto, Candi Burquez, Caroline Alarcon, Cole Ramstad, Daimler Francisco, Diana Freeman, Erica Holtgrewe, Erick Lankey, Grant Cox, Hans & Esther Brand, Ian Bloom, Jamie Collins, Jaymie Lopez, JB Balch, Jill Hauck, Katie Convoy, Kelsey Crouse, Kevin Baird, Lauren Locke, Loren Bass, Lori Pearce, Mark Magnuson, Marybeth Carty, Megan Collins, Megan Cynaumon, Nicole Kale, Olivia Rennacker, Orlando Hernandez, Peter Dugre, Robert Ingersoll, Ron Kennedy, Samantha Hamlin, Shaun Crowley, Stacy Allison, Suzanne Knight, Thu Nguyen and Walter Ekard.


Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our programming focuses on the development of the whole girl: we deliver life-changing programs and experiences designed to equip girls to overcome serious barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming prepares girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives and become role models in their community. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 1100 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura County, from Pre-K through 12th grade. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, please visit

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