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SBCS Receives Montecito Bank Anniversary Award

Ten local nonprofits found a joint cause to celebrate Thursday — themselves, along with the 41st anniversary of Montecito Bank & Trust. And SBCS was one of them!

During its annual Anniversary Grants awards, Montecito Bank & Trust highlighted 10 organizations, making an anniversary donation to each to help in the pursuit of their respective missions.

The evening event continued a time-honored tradition that began on the bank’s anniversary in 1993, when its associates nominated and then voted for nonprofits to be awarded.

“I’m going to brag about my employees,” Montecito Bank & Trust President and CEO Janet Garufis said, noting 220 employees donated more than 2,000 service hours to nonprofits last year.

Per usual, attendees watched short videos produced by Cox Communications, each describing the individual missions of the nonprofits, which get to keep the videos for their own promotional and fundraising use.

The Anniversary Grants class of 2016 included Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara, Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary, C.A.R.E4Paws, Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM), Dons Net Café, Easy Lift Transportation, Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Central Coast Council, Old Yeller Ranch Rescue, Return to Freedom and the Santa Barbara Choral Society.

Manuela Geiger-Kolbitsch, SBCS soprano and the bank’s portfolio manager of commercial lending, said she nominated the Santa Barbara Choral Society for its first-ever grant after joining the organization a year ago.

“I think it’s a really good cause,” she said.

The Choral Society is honored to be awarded this grant by MB&T and pleased to be associated with this iconic local institution and the caring and sharing environment they have fostered in our community!

With their help, and that of partner Cox Cable, we were able to produce a short video describing ourselves and our 68 year old mission to foster the choral arts and bring outstanding choral masterworks to the community. Take a look: