Community Leaders Luncheon


Speakers: Rick and Regina Roney, Philanthropy Spotlight speakers; Warren Staley, Community Leader speaker; Candace Winkler, President & CEO; Sydney Santana, student speaker; and Barrett O’Gorman, Board Chair.

The Community Leaders Luncheon is an annual event bringing together Santa Barbara’s leaders and Scholarship Foundation supporters to celebrate the importance of education. Each year, selected speakers talk of their own education experience and the important role the Scholarship Foundation plays in helping deserving students pursue their dreams of higher education.


Attendees: Janet Garufis, President & CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust; Jim Knight, Executive Vice President of Novim; Lisa Rivas, 2nd Vice Chair and Development Committee Chair for the Scholarship Foundation;David Yossem, Honorary Board Member of the Scholarship Foundation.

At the 2016 Community Leaders Luncheon,the Philanthropy Spotlight speakers were Rick and Regina Roney, a couple who generously support a range of nonprofits but prefer to be called “community investors” rather than philanthropists. Warren Staley, former CEO and Board Chairman of Cargill, Inc., was featured as the event’s Community Leader speaker. A noted supporter of local, national, and international nonprofits, Mr. Staley recounted his experience in both business and social work in third-world countries, and how he realized that education is the most effective strategy to alleviate poverty.

The star of the Community Leaders Luncheon in 2016 was clearly the student speaker, Sydney Santana. With a passionate speech that covered her journey from Allan Hancock College to Cal State Fullerton with two heart surgeries in between, the crowd gave her a heartfelt standing ovation.

The Community Leaders Luncheon is an invite-only event. For more information on attending, please contact Raissa Smorol, Director of Development, by calling (805) 687-6065 or by email.