Community Leaders Luncheon

Board Chair Don Logan addresses 2017 Community Leaders Luncheon attendees at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

The Community Leaders Luncheon is an annual event that brings together Santa Barbara’s leaders and Scholarship Foundation supporters to celebrate the importance of education. Selected speakers share their own education experiences and highlight the important role the Scholarship Foundation plays in helping deserving students pursue their dreams of higher education.

From left are Gerd Jordano, Jonathan Cleek, and Scholarship Foundation President and CEO Candace Winkler.

Some 320 people attended the 2017 Community Leaders Luncheon, which took place December 1 at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort. Featured speakers included Gerd Jordano, who was named Santa Barbara’s Woman of the Year in 2011, and Jonathan Cleek, a Westmont College student and Scholarship Foundation recipient. Don Logan and Candace Winkler, the Scholarship Foundation’s board chair and president, respectively, also addressed attendees.

Mr. Cleek, an aspiring surgeon, captured the spirit of the occasion in his remarks: “My academic success would not be possible without the assistance of the Scholarship Foundation. I am only able to take a rigorous academic course load and pursue activities that will allow me to realize my professional dream because of your support. … Thank you for investing in my life.”

The Community Leaders Luncheon is an invitation-only event. For more information, contact Donor Relations Manager Nicole Jones at (805) 687-6065 or [email protected].