United Way’s 2019 Red Feather Ball Delivers a Revitalized, Record Breaking Night!

The 2019 Red Feather Ball – A Red State of Mind was held on Friday, October 11th at the Four Seasons Coral Casino, was the most successful in the event’s 23-year history.  A sold-out crowd helped raise over $326,000 to support United Way of Santa Barbara County’s national award-winning Fun in the Sun and United for Literacy programs, which make it possible for more than 8,000 disadvantaged children and families in Santa Barbara County access to benefit from life-changing educational programs.

The revitalized event connected new friends with longstanding supporters of United Way. The night was a stunner with an outdoor oceanfront living room filled with photo ops, a transformed ballroom, a lively band that had everyone on the dance floor and an epic red-themed Four Seasons Biltmore dining experience.

“Thank you to all who joined and supported the Red Feather Ball this year,” said Steve Ortiz, President and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County.  “We were blessed with amazing sponsors, event Co-Chairs and committee members, and a fantastic crowd that brought all the enthusiasm Santa Barbara could muster to set the stage for a very successful night,” said Ortiz.

Honorary Chair Merry Snow Zegar and her son David Jackson, representing the Zegar Family Foundation, addressed the audience to show support for Fun in the Sun (FITS) and why they believe FITS is in one of the best learning community partnerships in Santa Barbara County.  Each summer, FITS offers participants a fun learning environment with a daily emphasis on literacy, including reading and writing; science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM); service-learning projects; character education; financial literacy; educational field trips; and much more. FITS is ultimately designed to combat summer learning loss, which disproportionately affects students from low-resource neighborhoods.

“What makes this program so effective are all of these connections and people, truly devoted to better educated kids. Kids, who, in turn, grow up to make a better future for our exceptional city and county,” said David Jackson during his remarks.

United Way of Santa Barbara would like to thank their Red Feather Ball event committee and sponsors, without whom the Red Feather Ball would not be possible:

This year’s Event Committee includes Honorary Chair, Merryl Snow Zegar; Chairs Belle Hahn, Shari Liu, and Amber Ortiz; Auction Chair Rosemary Mutton; Sarah Argyropolous; Xorin Balbes ;Baret Boisson; Alice Brophy; Mimi DeGruy; Kendra Feshbach; Marc Gelinas; Erin Gianni; Lily Hahn; Julie Barber Henderson; Chloe K. Holmes; Hollye Jacobs; Laura Macker Johnston; Leslie McFadden; Lily Phillips; Laura Lewis Shelburne; Kirsten VanBrunt; Carol Anne Werner; Nance Wheeler; Sam Zodeh; and Yasmine Zodeh.

RED FEATHER SPONSORS:  Aera Energy, Zegar Family Foundation GOLD FEATHER SPONSORS: Belle Hahn/The Little One Foundation, City National Bank, Cottage Health, Kayne Anderson, Rudnick Wealth Advisors, Maryan Schall, Montecito Bank & Trust, Procore, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, Julie B Henderson & Nance Wheeler SILVER FEATHER SPONSORS Casa Dorinda, John and Susan Hanna, Nicholas and Rosemary Mutton, Kevin and Ilda Nelson, Northern Trust, Santa Barbara City College Foundation, Volentine Family Foundation, Zia Group, BRONZE FEATHER SPONSORS: Bank of America, Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Paul and Bobbi Didier, Diane Dodds, Chuck and Vera Fenzi, Mutual of America, Village Properties, Anne Smith Towbes, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Laura Lewis Shelburne & Kevin O’Connor


About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

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