Nominations for Celebrate Philanthrophy Open Now: Honoring Community Members who Give Time, Talent and Treasure to Benefit the Santa Maria Valley

(Santa Maria Valley, CA) – Nominations are open now through September 8, 2023 for 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy 2023. The Santa Barbara Foundation is a proud organizing sponsor and, with an independent committee, coordinates the nominations process.

Community members in the Santa Maria Valley are invited to submit a nomination for any individual, couples, or family who, through direct service or financial support, have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable work to make the Santa Maria Valley a better place. Nominations for the 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy event may be submitted at SBFoundation.org/CPAwards.

In 2022 Celebrate Philanthropy honored George and Deborah Adam and Mike and Linda Cordero.

The Adams give generously to Marian Regional Medical Center and are major contributors to numerous local nonprofits including Allan Hancock College, Catholic Charities, Santa Maria Discovery Museum and more. They have volunteered extensively throughout Santa Maria including serving on the boards of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Growers Shippers Association of SLO and Santa Barbara Counties, among others.                                                       

Mike Cordero served as a Santa Maria police officer for 39 years prior to serving on the City Council. Linda Cordero served as a staff member or member of the School Board of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for 50 years. The couple has also volunteered on boards including the Santa Maria Elks, North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara County, and many more.

An independent committee representing Santa Maria Valley’s diverse communities will choose the 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy honorees.

Celebrate Philanthropy will be an in-person event on November 2, 2023, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 pm at the Santa Maria Country Club. For more information please visit SBFoundation.org/CPAwards.

Individuals or community organizations interested in sponsoring the 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy awards and event, may reach out to Kevin Kuga at KKuga@SBFoundation.org or call (805) 963-1873.

About Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation’s (SBF) mission is to mobilize collective wisdom and philanthropic capital to build empathetic, inclusive and resilient communities. SBF is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Santa Barbara County for all who live, work, play and visit here. Working in partnership with individuals, community organizations, nonprofits, health care, business, education and government, we strive to address our communities’ most challenging needs. Recognizing that our work depends on the strength of the nonprofit sector, we are committed to its health and vitality. Nearly every Santa Barbara County nonprofit organization and essential community project has been supported by the Foundation during its 95-year history. To learn more, please visit SBFoundation.org.

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