Women United, an affinity group of United Way of Santa Barbara County, hosted their second annual Classic Storybook Luncheon on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Four Seasons Resort, Coral Casino, The Biltmore Santa Barbara. This year’s theme book was Little Women, which influenced the event.
Guest speaker Michelle Branch, Principal and Founder of the Branch Law Group and Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council, focused on the impact women can have on their community.
Nearly 200 attendees at the sold-out event raised close to $60,000 for United Way of Santa Barbara County’s educational programs and partnerships.
United Way’s educational programs and partnerships include Kindergarten Success Institutes, which ensures kindergartners start school ready to succeed, and Fun in the Sun, which provides high-quality summer learning experiences to keep at-risk youth engaged during the summer months.
Last year, luncheon attendees helped fund United Way’s early education programs in Santa Barbara County. Because of Women United’s support last year, participants in the Kindergarten Success Institutes improved their academic skills by 68% and their social/emotional skills by 69%. Part of a national network of over 75,000 women in 165 communities, Women United mobilizes a powerful leadership network of women to strengthen Santa Barbara County.