of Greater Santa Barbara

2020 Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Celebration Virtual Event: Girls Take the Lead


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5 PM via Live Stream

Join us and raise a glass to resilience as our annual Celebration Luncheon goes virtual at cocktail hour!

Proceeds from this 30-minute virtual event directly benefit Girls Inc.’s learning and enrichment center and remote learning support for girls and teens during the pandemic.

Sponsorship Information

Purchase Sponsorships and Tickets

For event questions, please contact Katie Pearson

Our Virtual Emcee & Host

Gwyn Lurie

CEO of Montecito Journal Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of the Montecito Journal


Gwyn Lurie began her career as a journalist for ABC Network News in New York. She spent time in Managua, Nicaragua as a freelance reporter, and was a producer on the award-winning documentary “Voices From the Attic” about her family’s years in hiding during the holocaust. Gwyn went on to work as a Production Executive for 20th Century Fox Night at the Movies and at Interscope Entertainment before becoming a screenwriter, having written for almost every major motion picture studio.

Gwyn has been an active member of the Montecito Community since 2009.  She completed two terms as an elected member of the Montecito Union School Board, which she chaired for five years, and is a founding Board Member of the Partnership for Resilient Communities. Recently, Gwyn co-chaired the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee.

Auction Items

Auction will go live on 9/30

A link to our auction site will be sent to all ticket holders, and posted here.

Spa Experience

Enjoy a relaxing day at the Rosewood Miramar Spa with a $250 gift certificate, plush robe, and Williams Sonoma Candle.

Value: $425
Starting Bid: $200
Donor: Rosewood Miramar

Tourmaline and Diamond Ring

18k White Gold Tourmaline and Diamond ring. 1.92 ct cushion shape green Tourmaline with 12 round brilliant cut diamonds.

Value: $5,000
Starting Bid: $3,000
Donor: Truong & Co.

Culinary Experience Basket

Enjoy gift certificates for dining throughout Santa Barbara. Package includes:

$100 each to Olio e Limone, Jane Restaurant, The Lark, andTee Off Restaurant and Lounge, Harry’s Plaza Cafe, Longboard’s Grill, or The Harbor Restaurant
$125 to Stella Mare’s
Wine Tasting for 4 people at Margerum Wine Company
1- year couples membership to Epicurean
1 Bottle of 2016 Hitching Post Pinot Noir
1 Bottle of il fustino Olive Oil, Fig Jam and tea towel set

Value: $1,000
Starting Bid: $250
Donors: Olio e Limone, Stella Mare’s, Jane Restaurant, The Lark, Tee-Off, Margerum Wine Company, Epicurean, Barbara Ben-Horin

Sonos Speakers

Two brand new Sonos One speakers. Get rich, room filling sound with Sonos One, and control it with your voice, the Sonos app, Apple AirPlay 2, and more.

Value: $400
Starting Bid: $200
Donor: Sonos

Cinema Passes to SBIFF

These passes grant 2 people priority access to all the 2021 film screenings, opening night film and gala, and closing night film.

Value: $1,300
Starting Bid: $400
Donor: SBIFF

Trapeze Party

Fly high during your own private lesson for 10 people at the Santa Barbara Trapeze Co. at Earl Warren.

Value: $1,000
Starting Bid: $250
Donor: Santa Barbara Trapeze Co.

Megan Rapinoe Painting

This original artwork depicts Women’s Soccer player and activist, Megan Rapinoe. Acrylic on canvas painted in 2020 by Amy Burkman.

Size: 24″ x 36″
Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,000
Donor: Lauren Katz

Event Sponsors


Women Connect4Good


Diane McQuarie & Paul Wilson

Nurture Cottage Foundation

Natalie Orfalea

Zegar Family Foundation


Margo Barbakow

City National Bank

Stina Hans & Joel Kreiner

Perri Harcourt

Christy Kelso & Randy Franciose

Barbara & Robert Lowes

Elizabeth & Robert Manger

Maryan Schall

Tomchin Family Foundation

Anne Towbes


Bunnin Chevrolet Cadillac

Meg Burnham

CenCal Health

Marcia & John Mike Cohen

Victoria Hendler

Hub International

Tracy & Stuart Jenkins

Pat Jones

Connie & Richard Kennelly

Susan Motsumoto & Mel Kennedy

Rosemary Mutton

Montecito Bank & Trust

Pacific Western Bank

Sandy Robertson

Claudette Roehrig

Missy & Chuck Sheldon

The Towbes Group

Wallin Studios

Stephanie Wilson


Sally & Richard Arnold

BB&H Benefit Designs

Shirley Cabeen

California State University Channel Islands

Fielding Graduate University

Diane & Mike Giles

McGowan Guntermann

Lorna Hedges

Jody Dolan Holehouse

Lauren Katz

Tina McEnroe

Mutual of America

Kris O’Leary-Hayes

Marnie Pinsker

Lois & Bill Rosen

SBCC Foundation

Nancy Schlosser

Sudi Staub

Irene Stone

Patsy Tisch

Georgene Vairo

Also a special thank you to the following for their support of this event:

Brickbarn Wine Estate

The Office of Angela Scott

Santa Barbara Company

The Voice SB