of Greater Santa Barbara

2020 Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

Celebration Virtual Event: Girls Take the Lead


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5 PM 

Couldn’t watch the event live? Watch Video

Thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors for attending our Celebration Virtual Event!
With your help, we we exceeded our fundraising goal to continue offering remote learning support for girls and teens in our community during the pandemic.

The Celebration Virtual Event Online Auction is now closed. Thank you for your bids!

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.

Event Sponsors




Women Connect4Good


Diane McQuarie & Paul Wilson

Nurture Cottage Foundation

Natalie Orfalea

Zegar Family Foundation


Margo Baker Barbakow

Elizabeth Batarse

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

Ann Daniel

Victoria Hendler

Hub International

Tracy & Stuart Jenkins

Pat Jones

Connie & Richard Kennelly

Susan Matsumoto & 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

Carol Brumberger

Shirley Cabeen

California State University Channel Islands

Fielding Graduate University

Diane & Mike Giles

Lorna Hedges

Jody Dolan Holehouse

Lauren Katz

Tina McEnroe

McGowan Guntermann

Mercedes Millington

Mutual of America

Kris O’Leary-Hayes

Marnie Pinsker

Lois & Bill Rosen

SBCC Foundation

Nancy Schlosser

Sudi Staub

Irene Stone

Patsy Tisch

Susan Torrey

Georgene Vairo

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

Brickbarn Wine Estate

Jeff Martin, Santa Barbara Production Group

Montecito Journal

The Office of Angela Scott

Santa Barbara Company

The Voice SB