The Junior League of Santa Barbara Announces 4th Literacy Gala

“Falling into Wonderland,” Saturday March 5th 2011

The Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB) is thrilled to announce its forth-annual Literacy Gala, “Falling into Wonderland,” Saturday March 5th 2011, 6:00pm at the Coral Casino in Montecito. The Gala benefits the JLSB and its efforts to improve youth literacy in our community. JLSB is partnering with the Santa Barbara Public Library and the City of Santa Barbara to renovate the children’s area of the Central Library. The extraordinary event will include: silent and live auctions, an open-air photo booth, specialty drinks, dinner, awards, dancing and more! Please support the Junior League of Santa Barbara and youth literacy in our community by purchasing a ticket for the event of the year!

The event will also celebrate the Junior League’s Woman of the Year honoree, Donna Barranco Fisher Yates and recognize her dedication and service to philanthropy in our community. Donna has been a member of the Women’s Fund since 2008. She has resided in Santa Barbara for over fifteen years, and is a retired teacher and principal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. She was previously the Director of Education for Devereux’s non-public schools in California, and currently serves as an educational consultant and advocate. Fisher Yates has served on the Board of Directors for CALM, Jodi House and Transition House. She is and has been involved as a member of the National Autism Society, TASH and the California Charter School Association. In 2003, Donna was named the “Human Services Professional of the Year” by the Goleta Chamber of Commerce. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Santa Barbara, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, Casa Pacifica’s Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, and is a volunteer for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and a member of the St. Cecilia’s Society. Prior to being the Women’s Fund Research Co-Chair, Donna was a member of the Research Committee.

The Junior League of Santa Barbara, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

For more information about the Junior League of Santa Barbara’s 4th Annual Literacy Gala, and to purchase tickets, please visit or email

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