El Presidente

The historical celebration of Fiesta began under the first full moon of August 82 years ago, and the warmth and romance of August nights have become synonymous with the vibrant celebration that is Fiesta. And, when contemplating the theme for this year’s Fiesta, this year’s El Presidente of Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Roger Perry, suitably came up with “Under the August Moon.”

Perry is an eighth-generation Santa Barbara resident in his 14th year as an active Fiesta board member and his fifth year on the executive committee. Much deserving of his current responsibilities, Perry regularly attends local fundraising events throughout the year; organizes such events as La Primavera and Fiesta’s mercados; owns Perry Insurance Service, a health insurance agency for small- to medium-sized companies; and is the vice president for the West Side Boys and Girls Club, and a director for the United Boys and Girls Club of Greater S.B. When he is not out representing the best of Santa Barbara, Perry enjoys his busy home life with his wife Gina and their four children. Perry’s experience throughout the years and his love for the community represent the true essence of Fiesta.

— Lynne Simpson

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