The SBCC Foundation’s inaugural gala on Saturday, April 27, 2019 was one for the record books! It was held on the beautiful Santa Barbara City College campus, in the Sports Pavilion, which was transformed into an elegant venue by Merryl Brown Events. Attendees enjoyed an exquisite dinner prepared and served by the renowned Seasons Catering, with assistance from SBCC Culinary Arts students.

The SBCC Foundation is very grateful to all of the donors, sponsors, alumni, students, staff, faculty, college trustees, volunteers, foundation board members, and friends of SBCC from near and far who joined us.

With more than 300 guests in attendance, the event raised over $400,000 for the work of the SBCC Foundation. The SBCC Culinary Arts, Music, and Art departments all played key roles, and surprise guest Michael McDonald joined SBCC’s New World Jazz Ensemble for an exhilarating performance. SBCC’s new Interim Superintendent / President Dr. Helen Benjamin inspired the room, while current student Juwan Vega, faculty member (and alumna) Geordie Armstrong, and alumna Cynthia Inda, each shared a personal account of the power of an SBCC education. The event highlighted the transformative role of SBCC in the lives of so many, and we ended on a high note with Gordon Morrell’s energetic auction and paddle raise.

We are delighted to share some of the wonderful photos from the event by our two extraordinary photographers, Nell Campbell and Isaac Hernandez.




Herbert & Bui Simon Foundation



Cottage Health
Cox Communications

Roger Durling and Daniel Launspach
Coleen and Ted Friedel
Griffith & Thornburgh, LLP

Hutton Parker Foundation
Madeleine and Peter Jacobson
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Maryan Schall

Leslie Meadowcroft-Schipper and Frank Schipper
The Genevieve and Ivan Reitman Foundation

Bright Event Rentals
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Rinaldo & Lalla Brutoco / Omega Point Institute
Farmers and Merchants Trust Company
Fielding Graduate University
Frank Schipper Construction Company
Jeffrey and Marilyn Harding
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
Innovative Workshop Consulting
Lauren Katz & Joan and Bob Rothenberg
KBZ Architects
Mission Wealth
Mosher Foundation
Pacifica Graduate Institute / Alumni Association
Jean K. Schuyler
Seasons Catering


Honorary Co-Chairs
Morrie and Irma Jurkowitz
Lee Luria
Sara Miller McCune

Gala Committee
Robyn Freedman, Co-Chair
Madeleine Jacobson, Co-Chair
Kandy Luria-Budgor, Co-Chair

Laurie Ashton
Dayna Birkley
Rena Brawer
Robin Cerf
Dan Cerf
Janet Garufis
Lauren Katz
Peter MacDougall
Gordon Morrell
Perrin Pellegrin
Wendy Read
John Romo
Leslie Schneiderman
Seth Streeter

Carrie Towbes and John Lewis
Ambient Event Design
Signature Parking
Bryant & Sons, Ltd.

If you have questions, please email Raissa Smorol or call (805) 730-4412.