Girls Inc. Of Carpinteria To Celebrate 50th Anniversary At An Evening In Bloom

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will host its annual fundraiser gala, Pacific Dutch Group Presents: An Evening in Bloom, A Roaring 20’s Affair, honoring Diana and Clyde Freeman on Saturday, September 25 at 5:00pm. The fundraiser gala will take place outdoors in the courtyard of the Girls Inc. campus at 5315 Foothill Road in Carpinteria. 

Featuring an elegant roaring 20’s theme, this year’s event will honor Diana and Clyde Freeman for their commitment and service to the Carpinteria community, including over one decade of service to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. The fundraiser will also commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary.

This year’s Bloom event is extra special, as we celebrate 50 years of inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold in addition to honoring two extraordinary leaders in our community,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria. “We’re proud to recognize Diana and Clyde and their undeniable passion and dedication not only to Carpinteria, but also to building a better future for our youth.” 

Mr. Freeman is a senior vice president with Montecito Bank & Trust and has nearly 50 years of experience in commercial real estate and construction lending. His commitment to community service includes more than 12 years of involvement with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, including serving as president of the Board from 2014-2016 and as a key member of the Finance Committee. He is a past president of the Carpinteria Lions Club and currently the Club’s treasurer, and is a board member for the Carpinteria Lions Community Building Association. His love and appreciation for the community also inspired him to join Carpinteria Beautiful, where he has served as a board member and treasurer for 12 years. Additionally, Mr. Freeman has served on the Boards of the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce, and the City’s Community Block Development Grant Committee.

Mrs. Freeman’s earlier years of volunteering were consistently centered around serving children and young adults. She has served as a Sunday School teacher’s assistant, a Blue Bird and Campfire Girls leader, PTA president, and PTA school district vice president where she was responsible for coordinating conventions for five school districts in the Southern California area. After moving to Carpinteria, she became involved with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria by volunteering for events and ultimately joining the Board of Directors and serving as board secretary. Mrs. Freeman is also a member and past president of Carpinteria Beautiful and has been a volunteer with the City’s Host Program, the Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria Avocado Festival, and Carpinteria Lions Club.

Pacific Dutch Group Presents: An Evening in Bloom, A Roaring 20’s Affair will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour, plated dinner catered by Food Liaison, hosted bar, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Cate School Jazz Band. Theme clothing is suggested, but not required.

Tickets are $100 or $150 for VIP entry (begins at 4pm with gaming tables) and all proceeds support Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s programs and services for local girls. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please call (805) 684-6364 or visit

2021 sponsors include: Pacific Dutch Group, CARP Growers, Chevron, Diana & Clyde Freeman, Baird Wealth Management, Bartlett, Pringle, & Wolf, Byers Manufacturing, Collins/Balch Family, Headwaters, Montecito Bank & Trust Lori Pearce, Gail Persoon, Union Bank, Ed Van Wingerden, Winfred Van Wingerden & Sheila Batson



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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