Women United hosts 2nd Annual Classic Storybook Luncheon March 3rd to benefit United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Youth Education Programs

Some of the 200 Women United 2019 luncheon guests: Arlene Hugh, Karla Parker, Jelinda DeVorzon, Lenka Tinka, Angelie Kahmann, Andria Kahmann, and Ursula Nesbitt.

Women United, an affinity group of United Way of Santa Barbara County, will host 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, Little Women, which was the 2019 Women United Book Club selection, will influence the event.

The classic storybook Little Women, follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. Over 150 years after its original publication – “Little Women” is still very relatable today with its timeless themes of family, coming of age, achieving your dreams, helping others and giving back. Women United picked this storybook for the luncheon’s theme because it is a window on the world.

The guest speaker is Michelle Branch, Principal and Founder of the Branch Law Group and Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council, who will focus on the impact women can have on their community.

As a strong advocate for community advocacy and philanthropy, Branch serves as a board member with United Way Bay Area and Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council, which is a formal advisory body mobilizing women leaders to build stronger communities.

The proceeds from the Women United Luncheon will support United Way’s educational programs and partnerships, such as 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.

Through fundraising, volunteerism and advocacy, Women United focuses on expanding United Way’s educational opportunities to ensure that more underserved children and families succeed during crucial early elementary school years and beyond. Women United mobilizes a powerful leadership network of women to strengthen the Santa Barbara community. Women United focuses on expanding United Way’s early educational opportunities for local children from pre-K through third grade.

Last year, 200 luncheon attendees helped fund UWSBC’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.

Special thanks to the 2020 Classic Storybook Luncheon sponsors: Aera Energy, American Riviera Bank, Bryant & Sons Ltd, City National Bank, ExxonMobil, Rosemary Mutton, and Union Bank, as well as event underwriters: Bobbi Didier, Clearwater at Riverpark, Betty Noling, Success Reach LTD, and UCSB.

Tickets to the luncheon are $100. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available by calling 805-965- 8591 or visiting www.unitedwaysb.org/storybookluncheon


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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